Q. Will I contract HIV if the same syringe is reused for blood tests in labs?

Answered by
Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 29, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am a 29-year-old male. Just a few weeks back, I went to one of the labs for a blood test. I gave my blood sample for a test also I was monitoring closely, but I lost my attention due to unforeseen reasons. But after a few days, I am anxious about the possibility of using the same syringe. I am so disturbed and stressed thinking about contracting HIV this way. Please help me or suggest me as I am panicked and unable to focus on my daily routines. Should I need to undergo any testing as this happened before a few days?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Usually, all the laboratories have standard precautions and guidelines to follow. They will follow all precautions and use all sterile needles, etc. So the chances of transmission of HIV by these modes are almost nil now. Do not worry. Just go ahead with your normal routine. Forget the episode.

Thank you doctor,

I have a few queries. After how many days of the incident, shall I undergo testing? Has anybody ever contracted this way? For how long does the virus remain active on the needle? It is becoming very tough to forget this. Kindly help.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

These incidents used to happen in the olden days. Now all take extra precautions. So the chances are very less or almost nil.

You can go for HIV 1 and 2 RNA, PCR if you are still anxious. It will be more than 95% sensitive at this stage. Later you can go for an HIV antibodies test after three months of exposure for final conclusive results.

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