Hi i just took my little boy for an immunisation. the nurse new i was worried about sharps box and hiv virus so she decided to use antibacterial wipes to clean the desk, then the top of the sharps box and the computer keyboard!! she then threw them away, washed her hands pretty thoroughly then got his medical book and started writing in it and using the computer keyboard. she then went to the fridge and got stuff she required out of it and then put antibacterial gel on her hands then placed the needle/syringe on his medical book and then took cover off and put in his arm. I am totally worried about her wiping the top of the sharps box I cant believe she did it! I think she was making me feel better!! so I now think there was hiv blood on top of the sharps box she has touched with either wipes or her fingers and it has got into my little boy through the needle. she said the sharps box was half full but only used by herself a child immunisation nurse and the midwife. What do you think?
HiIt is customary to clean the sharps box whether there is blood on it or not. Any germs can get on it, even from just breathing. Don't worry, your son is not at any risk. Dr. Sciberras
Thanks for reply but what if there was some hiv blood on top of sharps box and what if she then got it onto the needle either off his medical book that she touched and then later put the syringe on or if it was still on her hands/nails off the sharps box and then onto his arm? thanks
There is absolutely Nothing to worry about. HIV does not survive outside the body for very long and lab technicians are every well trained regardingr bloodborne pathogens. Your son is fine. Dr. Sciberras
I am a certified HIV Specialist/Physician as well as board-certified Internist. I have a large HIV practice.