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Needle stick injury
Jul 29, 2013

Firstly, I know the question has been asked before. However I feel my circumstances are a little different. I fear that I may have been stuck by a needle at a nightclub 3 days ago.

This was between 12 and 3am, so I was quite drunk by that stage. I woke up the next morning with a bruise on my back and a small sore/lesion consistent with a needle prick. I don't remember feeling a pinch or anything, but then again I don't remember bumping into anything that would have caused the bruise.

I checked my the t-shirt I had on for any sign of blood, but there was none. Since the small wound on my back was so consistent with a needle-prick I now fear the worst! If i had been pricked by a needle would there necessarily be blood? Are my fears warranted?

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there I'm not sure why you think you may have been stuck with a needle, it seems unlikely. However, if indeed you were drunk enough not to remember what happened the night before, then getting std tested makes perfect sense to me. If this happens a lot to you, I would strongly consider talking to someone.

Take care, LHW



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