|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.
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