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HIV through needle scratch
Apr 21, 2012

Can HIV be transmitted through a needle scratch to the skin if the scratch caused no bleeding to the skin?

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi So this is assuming many things. The needle was recently used by someone with HIV there was blood left on the needle and the scratch happened moments after the person living with HIV used it. Also if the skin was not broken to a point of blood being present there would not be a way for HIV if present to enter the body.

So after all that, is HIV infection possible, yes, but is it probable, no.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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