|Needle + Bleach + Cut
Jul 25, 2005
So. I collect stuff i find on the street (nyc) for art projects. I found a needle (not the syringe itself but the needle tip) that just appeared to have dirt on it. I soaked it in bleach and another kind of disinfecting liquid for about 12 hours. When i took it out i cut myself with it (accidentally!)- not so that i bled, but like when you get a minor papercut which doesn't go deep. I then neurotically soaked my finger in peroxide and bleach (eek right?) So now I'm convinced I have hepatits or HIV even though I'm not a hypochondriac usually, I'm pretty much unable to function because i think i'm going to die. Thanks if you can help, i'd ask my doctor but he's my father and there would be some screaming.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
Your injury does not sound like one where you have exposed your blood to someone else's blood. I don't consider you at risk based on the description of your situation.
I would get a tetanus shot.
I would also get HIV testing and hepatitis testing if you are not reassured by this advice so you can get on with life after finding out they are negative.
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