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Is there a HIV risk from a blood draw?

Hello,
I am becoming more and more aware that I am possibly having some kind of phobia of HIV, but I would be very very grateful if someone could answer my question.
A month ago, on 1st of August, I had some bloodwork done, and due to me being so nervous during that ocassion, I wasn't completely careful of what the nurse was doing. I noticed just that the needles were not in any kind of plastic bags but they just each had a plastic cap on the top. Could such a needle be re-used on more patients...? Also the little "bottle" which is being connected to the needle when the blood is being drawn (vacutainer I suppose?) , if there was someone's else's blood inside it, could it be a risk of HIV infection that way?
Till few days ago, I have almost convinced myself that I am being  paranoid, but since Wednesday, I've been having some mild sore throat without coughing and ocassional diarrhea. I am also worried because the nurse seemed to be in hurry when  drawing my blood, she didn't even wear the gloves etc...
I just wonder how much is the possiblity that I could get infected in this way and that my  current health 'problems' can be symptoms of HIV?
Should I get tested, and if yes, when..?
Or I rather need a psychological help..? In the last few days, since Wednesday and getting that sore throat, I've been so anxious that it's become even impossible for me to normally sleep, I barely have any appetite either, I have these thoughts everyday basically every hour and I really don't know what to do to stop these thoughts.
I am sorry if someone will find these concerns annoying or unworthy to even answer, but I am really going crazy and desperately need some reassurance...
And am sorry for my possible writing mistakes, I am a female from Eastern European country and English isn't my native language.
Thanks in advance.
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366749 tn?1544695265
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Your chances of contracting HIV from the situation you described, are non-exiting. Absolute Zero. Clinical Laboratories nowhere in the world reuse needles, rest assured. Trust the practices of the Laboratory and throw all your baseless and irrational worries away permanently. You are fine
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Thank you very much for your answer, I am really appreciative of that and I feel calmer now. Just one last question, even that vacutainer or how is it called that little "bottle" which gets connected to the needle part, is never reused or? Theoretically of there's some blood inside it, could it be any risk for a person? I supposed that no because blood gets drawn out and not put in, but just wondering...
3191940 tn?1447268717
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It doesn't matter.  There is no "what if" that you can add to this scenario that would make it a risk for HIV. Risks for HIV are:
1) Having unprotected penetrative anal or vaginal sex, OR
2) Share IV drug equipment with other IV drug users.

If you never engage in those two activities with someone whose HIV status is positive or unknown to you, you will never have to worry about HIV.
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