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needle stick outside healthcare settings

Jul 6, 2004

i have a question, is it true that needle stick accident outside helathcare settings is not a way to transmit HIV? and is it possible to inject someone while he is moving/walking?

my friend felt someone prick him with a needle on a night club, no blood visible, but, there is a small red bump (less than 1 cm)

should i recommend him to get a test at 3 and 6 months? PEP is too late for him, now, he is having hairloss and backache, is it sign of stress?

i have seen a question like this on 1999, answered by dr rick, but i think i still need to question again, because it's 5 years old answer

thanx for the answer, a worried friend

Response from Dr. Horwath

A needlestick can transmit HIV only if the needle is contaminated with blood or other infected fluids from someone with HIV infection. Outside of healthcare settings, the main place this happens is among injection drug users who share uncleaned needles or other equipment.

I don't know what your friend felt in the nightclub, but it doesn't sound like a risk for HIV, especially if there was no visible blood. If he's really concerned, have him get an HIV test at 3 and 6 months.

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