Touching a syringe

Question

Hi, I was hoping that someone maybe able to inform me as to whether or not it is possible of hiv transmittion from just picking up and disposing of a used syringe found in the park??? No stick injury, just picking it up with bare hands and disposing of it to protect the other people and children that use the facilities! Any response would be very much appreciated.

Answer

HI 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.

By just picking up a syringe and disposing it does not pose a risk of HIV transmission.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon