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Stuck by pin attached to new men's shirts

Apr 16, 2007

Infection from pin stick?

I recently stuck my fingertip on one of those pins that come with a new shirt when I as shopping at the store. It wasn't a very deep puncture.... it only bled when I squoze my finger slightly. I am worrying if another shopper with HIV also stuck her/him 5 minutes before me, is it possible that there was enough blood on the pin to transmit HIV? I looked closely at it and didn't see any blood, but I've heard that it doesn't take a lot to cause infection. I CALLED CDC hotline, they basic told me NO but YES at the same time.

Response from Dr. Frascino


The CDC told you "NO but YES at the same time"???? Well, that was certainly helpful now wasn't it???

The chances of your contracting HIV as a result of getting stuck by a pin in a new shirt while shopping at a store are beyond remote. If you are worried, an HIV test at the three-month mark will provide a definitive result. However, I do not feel HIV testing is medically warranted, as your risk is essentially nonexistent.

Dr. Bob

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