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Posted on Wed, 5 Jul 2017 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Question: Sir i did a blood test ......He pricked my finger with a LANCET device...not a syringe....
I am not sure whether the LANCET was changed or not....
But if it was not changed it was used 3 hours ago on another person

I am afraid that i will catch HIV from this...plz guide
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 18 minutes later
Brief Answer:
There is no risk of HIV

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I am dr. kakkar (dermatologist and venereologist). I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern.

Lancets are usually not reused. Even if it was reused there is no risk of infection as the HIV virus does not survive outside the body for long and dies quickly on drying.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 43 minutes later
Sir...if i assume the LANCET was reused on me after 1 hour after the last person has used it...
Is there any risk??

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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
You are safe

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Still no risk because the virus does not survive outside the body for more than a few seconds.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 3 hours later
Actually sir...i read on INTERNET....that HIV can survive in dried blood upto 5 days....And in my case its just a few hours....
And sir...if blood sticks on LANCET....it would be very very small amount.....

Do i need to worry ??

I am worried sir....
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
You need not worry

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

These reports about HIV surviving outside the body for days are based on experiments and studied on very high concentrations of the virus not normally found in the blood. Under normal circumstances the virus cannot survive outside the body for long and becomes quickly inactivated with drying.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 4 minutes later
Sir today i did a RAPID HIV test......when the blood with buffer was going through the kit at HIV 1 MARK...suddenly i felt that there is a horizontal line at HIV 1 MARK....but after the test was completed the mark at HIV 1 was gone and.there was only one horizontal line at C MARK....

Is it ok??
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 16 hours later
Brief Answer:
Your test seems fine

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

I think the horizontal line at C Mark is the Control. Since there are no other red lines your test seems fine to me. What did the report say?

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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