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Can You Get Hiv From Stepping On A Needle

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Needle-Exchange Programs "Simple, Effective Step" For HIV Prevention, Opinion Piece Says

Although HIV cases among Hispanics and blacks in the U.S. are "increasing at a dangerous rate," the federal government is "ignoring a simple, effective step" of allowing federal funding for needle-exchange programs, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), chair... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Step-by-Step: Sperm Washing

1. Find a Sensitive Medical Provider See resources at the end. Ask members of your support system, such as other people living with HIV and your medical providers. Be aware that your doctor may have to sign a statement verifying that you're in... Read more »

HIV & Me: A Guide to Living With HIV for Hispanics - Step 2

How do you tell friends or family that you have been diagnosed with HIV? It's one of the greatest challenges you'll face -- and it's not something to rush into if you're not ready. There are some important personal steps you should take before you... Read more »
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stepped on a needle

I believe I stepped on a needle I was in a hurry to get my son while walking I felt a poke I didn't think much of it until I got home and noticed a small red dot on the bottom of my foot after taking a shower. I started thinking maybe I...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThank you for your question and you are HIV free from this experience. 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... Read more »

possibly stepped on a needle. very very worried college student

Hi Dr. Bob, first of all I think you are quite good at what you do on this site. I am very very scared about an incident however and I was wondering if you could provide me with some information. I have read a lot of forums on environmental needle...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,You actually think a psychotic drug-using dope fiend would position a syringe full of fresh HIV-tainted blood in a vertical position in a dark alley way, assuming some clumsy kid would step on it and get HIV infected? Hmm. You have a very vivid... Read more »

I stepped on a hypodermic needle while i was at the beach.

today i was at the beach fishing and i was bare feet and i was walking to my fishing rod and then i felt a pain on the bottom of my right foot by the heel, i thought it was like a broken piece of glass and when i lift my foot up it was a hypodermic...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I am not sure what age you are but if you are less than 18 years old, I ask you to please tell your parents or a trusted adult about this exposure. As it seems you know, the risk of any infection seems very low given the needle and syringe were on... Read more »

Stepped on a Needle on A Beach and Get Infected

Dear Dr. Bob,I am 64, married, and have been positive for over 14 years. I was infected in a most bizarre fashion....I stepped on a hypo needle on a Florida beach. I started on Crixivan and Combivir 13 years ago, and am still on them. CD4 is 1300...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Contracting HIV from stepping on a discarded hypodermic needle is indeed a very rare occurrence. With your normal CD4 count and undetectable viral load, one wonders if indeed you are really HIV infected. Was your initial test ever reconfirmed to... Read more »
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Stepped on a nail

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Can yout get hiv from stepping on a nail?
I've had a tetanus shot recently.

Thanks! Read more »

Mr Needle

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Okay bud step away from the keyboard. Take two steps to your left. Grab a phone and call a mental health professional. You have become completely obsessed with HIV and you need to talk to someone. Dont post anymore as you are wasting time for... Read more »

6 week test HIV negative after needle stick from HIV negative patient

Posted by Faith1970, 1 Reply
I pricked my finger after I inserted a 20 gauge IV. The needle did not retract all the way and it pricked my finger through my glove. The patient was tested that day and was negative for HIV, positive for Hep C. I was tested for HIV and Hep C 6... Read more »