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HIV infection through "needle attacks"?

Feb 22, 1999

a person with blood in a syringe from a hiv +ve pt. goes in public pricking people. will those people get aids?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Thank you for your question. The stories about people getting infected with HIV during "needle attacks", have been circulating around the Internet for years. You may hear many versions of these stories (people getting infected when they were stuck with needles in movie theaters, on subways, and various other versions of this same story). Although there have been people stuck with needles through "needle attacks", there have been no cases of HIV transmission which occurred under these circumstances. A lot of these cases are merely people trying to scare other people. It is important to remember that these "needle attacks" are extremely rare; in fact they are so rare that they become newsworthy. And no cases of HIV transmission have been linked to these attacks. Many of the stories that have circulated around the Internet about HIV being transmitted this way, are based on rumors, and people trying to scare other people. Although anything is theoretically possible, realistically speaking, the chances of anyone becoming infected this way would be extremely unlikely.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail me at "" or call me at (Nationwide). I'm glad to help!

Rumors about HIV in Movie Theaters, Phone Booths, etc.
16 year old HIV+ patient without risk factors

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