Drive myself insane & worried!
Aug 20, 2010
Hello Dr. Joseph,
Basically I was at a walk-in clinic for a blood test. I have then used the washroom and before leaving I have decided (stupid of me) to remove the taped cotton covering my vein. I remeber using my hand to remove the tiny drops of blood left over. I am pretty sure I washed my hands before I did that, but I can't remember if I did it before or after. So I am worried that by touching surfaces could have transferred HIV, or HCV etc. into my blood. Should I be concerned??
Response from Dr. McGowan
No I would not worry. Nothing was injected into you. HIV doesn't hang around on surfaces for long. I would not consider this an exposure of any risk at all.
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