Scratched with needle
Jun 23, 2014
I fear I have been scraped by an HIV infected syringe. I had night sweats and a mild sore throat the night of the incident and sore throat is still with me a week later. Is it normal it have symptoms this early?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi You cannot get HIV from sharing utensils, drinking after someone etc. You cannot get HIV as well at a hair salon, manicurist, sharing razors etc. A scratch from a needle does not pose an extremely high risk for HIV transmission. And the symptoms that you are experiencing are too soon for HIV. What you may have picked or are just experiencing could be a cold or another virus.
If these symptoms continue or get worse I would recommend that you follow up with your health care provider for evaluation.
HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. Also important to know is that once HIV leaves the body it begins to die and becomes unable to infect.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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