Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: TheBodyPRO.com Covers AIDS 2014
   
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


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 "nvhotline@aol.com" or call me at (Nationwide). I'm glad to help!



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

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement