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Drawing Blood
Oct 28, 2012

I'm quite a paranoid person, 6 months pregnant, and had blood drawn at an Urgent Care facility for a Lyme's disease test. It is not my usual healthcare facility, and now I'm concerned about HIV exposure. Are all Lab Techs or workers drawing blood at healthcare facilities tested for HIV? Her glove ripped while drawing the blood.

Response from Dr. Wohl

You can not get HIV from having your blood drawn. Clinics use standard procedures and reuse of needles in the US is unheard of. A ripped glove is meaningless as HIV is not transmitted from the skin. You DID NOT get exposed to HIV or anything else from this encounter.

DW



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