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What are the chances of getting HIV?

Hi, What is the risk of getting infected from a blood draw done using a syringe contaminated with HIV blood ? The reason I am asking this is because recently I had my blood test (non HIV) done in one of government hospitals in Mumbai and I didn t see the phlebotomist using a new syringe for the test. Thanks
Wed, 11 Jun 2014
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Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this scare that you had. Please, if you are not sure of the quality of the syringe to be used, decline the test. If for real a contaminated syringe was used, the chances of having HIV are not zero but would really depend on a multitude of other factors. I will suggest that you follow up with a doctor and be managed as a case of accidental exposure to blood products as it goes beyond just HIV.

I hope this helps. I wish you well and thank you so much for using our services. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
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What are the chances of getting HIV?

Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this scare that you had. Please, if you are not sure of the quality of the syringe to be used, decline the test. If for real a contaminated syringe was used, the chances of having HIV are not zero but would really depend on a multitude of other factors. I will suggest that you follow up with a doctor and be managed as a case of accidental exposure to blood products as it goes beyond just HIV. I hope this helps. I wish you well and thank you so much for using our services. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.