|HIV risk from standard blood draw
Aug 7, 2003
Hello: I was wondering if there is any real possibility of getting infected with HIV from just a standard blood draw? Although everyone always says that needles are never reused in medical offices, how can I be sure of that? How easily can the virus be passed into the bloodstream from a blood *draw*, as opposed to an injection? How long can HIV live within a needle anyway? I recently had a regular blood draw performed (about a month ago) and now I can't help being plagued with worry about this because of an earlier questionable draw during which the clinicians didn't particularly seem like they knew what they were doing. So I have come to be distrustful of health care workers in general. Anyway, I was tested for HIV about 2-3 months ago (which came out negative), but now because of this recent draw the worry has started all over again, and I'm aware that I can't get re-tested for at least 3 months. I know you guys get tons of questions, but please find the time for at least a brief response to this one because I'm driving myself crazy over this. The waiting period to get tested produces incredible anxiety. THANKS SO MUCH.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
"Is there any real possibility of getting infected with HIV from a standard blood draw?" No. "How can you be sure of that?" Now there's a question I will never be able to answer. How can I prove to you that there are no bogeymen hiding under your bed at night, if you firmly believe there are? I see absolutely no reason you should have any additional HIV testing, unless you've been having unsafe sex with the bogeyman under your bed at night and not telling me.
I agree when you say, "I'm driving myself crazy over this," because that's exactly what's happening. HIV is not your problem; Anxiety and irrational fears are. I would strongly advise you to stop searching for and fearing a disease you could not possibly have. Instead, ask your doctor for a referral for some counseling to help you cope with these irrational fears. Don't wait. Get the help you need. Life is way too precious a gift to waste it worrying about nonexistent bogeymen.
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