Question

Doctor Bob, Just a quick question, my husband has HIV and we were walking on some grass. He got some little grass prickles in his foot. I pulled it out for him and as I did it stuck into my finger. I immediately pulled it out and washed my hand.

These prickles are very tiny - the end that goes in your skin is like one or two hairs width at most.
THere was no blood I could see on my husband's foot and none on my finger.(I have never seen anyone bleed after getting these type of bindii prickles).

Is this a risk? I dont want to offend my husband by telling him Im worried about this.

Please help - do I need PEP or testing?

Worried Wife

Answer

Hi,

I see no cause for concern, testing or PEP. These prickles are more of a pesky nuisance than a true risk.

Dr. Bob