Florist needs answers :(
Feb 5, 2009
So I work at a flower shop. We have a lady who decorates packaged candles, gift, etc.. When I went to pick up one of the wrapped packages, it was wrapped with some kind of hard wire, maybe florist wire. Very very thin in width maybe as big as a sewing needle. It is round/square tip but really sharp. Anywho... I poked myself with that wire, I didn't see any blood coming from me(unless I didn't really notice it then) but what if someone else had poked themselves with that same wire shortly before me? There was a woman looking at those packages when I went to grab one. Is this a real risk? Or real irrational??
Or is this amongst the basis of environmental/ casual contact?
$75 donation for a florist gone postal!!
Love and best wishes to you! :)
Response from Dr. Frascino
Your HIV-acquisition risk is essentially nonexistent. HIV doesn't live very long outside the body and the chance that an HIV-positive person poked his finger on the exact same wire and that you poked yourself immediately afterward and managed to transfer enough HIV-infected blood into yourself is so extremely remote it's essentially nonexistent. HIV testing is not medically warranted.
Thank you for your tax-deductible donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). It's warmly appreciated.
Be well. Stay well.
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