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Posted by: Dave | 2005/11/21

Solid Needle

Hi,

Can HIV be transmitted by being pricked with a solid needle or thorn?

Many thanks

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Hi Dave!

Chances of transmission with a solid needle are much lower than with hollow ones. I would nevertheless not put it at absolutely 0% and recommend a test.

Hollow needles store a quantity of blood which carries the virus and enables it to survive a little longer. A solid needle that had been exposed to air for longer than a minut after coming in contact with contaminated blood should be ok.

Stay well
Laurent

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