Can AIDS be spread while collecting an infected blood sample?
Q: One of the ways of spreading AIDS is by sharing a used syringe. Can AIDS be spread in a clinic by accident when the sample is collected? (supposing that the blood of the previous patient might have touched the gloves of the technician and that blood might have touched the venipuncture site of the next patient). There is no need to mention that a new syringe is being used today in all the hospitals/clinics.
A:It is theoretically possible but extremely unlikely. With the current state of knowledge and awareness, most labs are very careful about getting blood on their hands in laboratories, even gloved hands. And if blood was to contaminate the glove, it would be extremely unlikely that fresh blood could be transferred to a needle just about to be used for drawing blood.