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Risk of HIV transmission from drawn blood

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I would like to know the risk of hiv transmission in blood drawn. I went to a laboratory have a blood work and the nurse forgot a syringe cap in the table with some blood outside during the procedure. I closed my eyes during the drawn- phobia- and didnt see if the needle touched the blood on the cap- or if the nurse put the needle on the desk near by. I called the lab and they said there isnt any risk and no possibility of the needle have touched the cap but as they asked my details to review the procedure and make a complain i got worried. What are the risks? Should i be tested? Thanks

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Sorry, I need some clarification on your consult . Are you suspecting that the needle the nurse used on you might have touched someone else's needle cap ?

or the cap your own needle ?

You can reply as a followup
Thank you

Patient replied :

Somone's else cap- the cap with blood was already there when i entered the room

Ok, The probability of your syringe touching the open cap / blood / syringe is almost nil. All labs and medical personal and labs follow two WHO recommended guidelines called universal precautions and sterile precautions. Once opened the needle and syringe is kept and under no circumstances it is allowed to come in contact with anything, let alone an open cap of another patient.

In the rare case if the needle happens to come in contact with something like cotton, the needle will be discarded. This is a standard practice. I don't think you need to be worried about this at all. No issues here.

Hope this helps
Feel free to ask followups / clarifications
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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