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Possible to get infected from re-used gloves when drawing blood?

Perhaps im being paranoid but would like to know what the chances are of getting infected through re-used gloves.

Went to get my blood drawn and when the nurse walked in, she was already wearing gloves.

She took the needle out of the package, took some gauze, and placed them on a table.

The thing that threw me off was she then threw out her gloves and put on a fresh pair of gloves.

Even though she put on new gloves after, she already touched everything with the original gloves she had on (the needle and gauze), when she first walked in.

What are the chances that the gloves could have been soiled and spread infection?  (My blood draw didnt go too well and blood got everywhere.)

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HIV cannot be transmitted through exposure described.  I think the two main ways of transmission you should be wary of are.

1.Unprotected vaginal and anal sex
2.Sharing of IV needles

I hope this helps.
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Thank you for the info mamamia.

I guess im being overly paranoid?
Lets not say its paranoia. You were just worried and its normal.
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No, it is not possible.  HIV is not that easily transmitted, and is never transferred from and object (gloves) to a human, nor is it transmitted by someone touching you or your wounds, with or without gloves on.

If you do not have unprotected intercourse with someone of unknown HIV status, and you do not share intravenous needles with others, you will never have to worry about HIV.
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Thank you for the info.

Is this the case because the virus dies when exposed to air?

Always thought the virus lingers for a bit in the air?  Or is that hep c?
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Your situation involves personal contact with an object in air  (her hands, blood, glovesetc. which is not a risk for hiv.) No worries, because you can't get hiv from personal contact except unprotected penetrating vaginal or anal, neither of which you did and you didn't share hollow needles to inject with which is the only other way to acquire hiv. Analysis of large numbers of infected people over the 40 years of hiv history has proven that people don't get hiv in the way you are worried is a risk.
HIV is a fragile virus in air or saliva and is effectively instantly dead in either air or saliva so the worst that could happen is dead virus rubbed you, and obviously anything which is dead cannot live again so you are good. Blood and cuts would not be relevant in your situation since the hiv has become effectively dead, so you don't have to worry about them to be sure that you are safe.
There is no reason for a person to test when they are safe. The advice took into consideration that the other person might be positive, so move on and enjoy life instead of thinking about this non-event. Next time you wonder if you had a risk, ask yourself if you did any of the 3, then after you say "Nope, I didn't" then it's time to move on back to your happy life.
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Thx for the reply.

Even the gauze (which was touched with the previous glove) wouldnt pose an issue when applied directly over the drawn vein?
What was the answer when you asked yourself if you did the 3?
Next time you wonder if you had a risk, ask yourself if you did any of the 3, then after you say "Nope, I didn't" then it's time to move on back to your happy life.
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