Nurse touched needle without gloves
Jun 23, 2014
Hi there Would just like to find out the risk of catching something. I went to the casualty ward and recieved a iv drip for dehydration the nurse that did the drip did not wear gloves and touched the needle when opening it drom the package. Is there any chance of catching something like hiv?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi You cannot get HIV from sharing utensils, drinking after someone etc. You cannot get HIV as well at a hair salon, manicurist etc. While not the most clean way for an exchange to happen HIV cannot be transmitted this way.
HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. Also important to know is that once HIV leaves the body it begins to die and becomes unable to infect.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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