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no gloves when removing iv needle
May 21, 2012

when i was leaving the hospital yesterday the nurse removed my iv needle using a piece of gauze without gloves. if she had hiv blood on her hand from another patient or a cut on her hand and she was hiv positive can the blood go through the gauze and into my vein and contract hiv or would the virus become inactive being exposed to the air and light?

Response from Dr. McGowan

No, you are not at risk. There is no chance for any exposure to you. The nurse is putting herself at risk and was not following usual procedures.

Joe



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