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Stepped on a syringe

Hello there,

I reaching out because I'm really anxious about a situation that happened 2 day ago. I was taking my dog out in the dog area of my apartment complex when I noticed something on the ground. When I looked closer (not touching it with my hands) I saw a syringe with the cap on it lying in the leaves. It was filled with a dark liquid. When I realized what it was I quickly back away and left. As I was walking away I felt a dull pain in my right foot. I was wearing boots and socks at the time.
After putting my dog away I went back to the spot and carefully walked around to see if there was another syringes I had missed. I didn't see any besides the one I already found (with the cap still on) but I started worrying because of that sudden foot pain. I went back upstairs and with a soaked peroxide cotton pad, wiped the bottoms of my feet. I didn't see any blood on the pads so I didn't think much of it and went on with my day. I also check the bottoms on my boots and see anything sticking out.
But later in the evening after I got out of the shower, I looked at the bottom of my right foot and noticed a tiny break in the skin. Almost like a pin prick. There was no blood but I poured peroxide on it again. There's no pain when I touch it but I cant shake the feeling that I might have stepped on a needle that I didn't see. I'm not sure if the pain in my foot after first seeing the needle is all in my head. I just got more anxious and worried after seeing the tiny pin like break in the skin.
Would I have noticed if I had stepped on a syringe and it went through my boot? Would my foot have bled some if I had? Is getting prick by a needle enough for HIV and Hep C transmission? Should I get tested for HIV and Hep C? Am I at risk?

I realized these are silly questions but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

Dirty needle exposure!

Hi,

I was injected with a dirty needle, ( was deceived about this too, had a very sick individual in my apt, unfortunately)10 weeks ago, I’ve developed candidiasis, and burning sensations in my arms.

However I have had 4th gen lab tests at 13,22,28,35,40,44 &56 days, all non reactive.

What gives? The ID specialist thinks I would have had a poz test by now if i was infected.

Thanks!

needle sharing vs wound to wound

If open wound came in contact with an HIV-positive athlete who is bleeding, the odds of transmission would be less than 0.3 percent so it is the same as for needle sharing. So why many of needle sharing cases were confirmed as route of HIV transmission and never any case when wound came in contact with a HIV positive blood?

Routes of HIV transmission

I have heard that risks for HIV are only:
1) Having unprotected penetrative anal or vaginal sex
2) Sharing IV drug equipment with other IV drug users.

Does it mean that such situations as anal fingering with bleeding finger or accidentally getting someones drop of blood into the wound risk free?

needle prick on the street

Yesterday my ankle was pricked by a needle on the street - it didn't bleed. The emergency ward at St. Paul's gave me the 3 PEP medications to take for the first 5 days, telling me I'd feel sick and my liver and kidneys could be affected. I've got 2 hours to decide whether or not to take them (in the first 24 hours). Aids Vancouver would have helped with my decision, but they're closed today. I'm quite healthy and don't want to be sick for the next 5 days or ruin my liver or kidneys, but don't know what the chances are for HIV or how long it would take for it to manifest. I need help to make this decision.

Syringe blood

Dear all,

Recently my cousin was at the playground with her baby (1.5 years old). She didn't watch him for about 30 seconds to minute while he found a syringe that may contained blood on the ground and took the needle in the mouth. Afterwards she checked his mouth, lips, etc. - there were no pokes. But she is afraid if he pushed the piston and blood from it got into his stomach.
Is this case a high risk for HIV transmission? Does the child need testing? If so, when can he do it after exposure?
Many thanks for your help!!

Multiple Needle Pricks from stranger

Hi, so a few months ago, I was visiting another city. While taking a walk with my friends we noticed a homeless man who was about to fall over, so my friend quickly went to go help him stand up and sit down on a bench. Meanwhile I saw that the man had left his belongings on the ground, including a plastic bag. As I grabbed the plastic bag to give it to the man, with my hands, I noticed a sharp sensation in a few places in my hand, like needle pricks. I opened the bag and saw needle syringes scattered with tissues. My hand was also bleeding in maybe 3 spots. I never made the connection that this was a risk, as I just assumed it was for diabetes or something, and just cleaned my hands and went on without more thought.

However, I recently read about the risks of needle pricks, and am now highly worried I was exposed to something like HIV.

Do you think there was any risk?

Regarding your reply on 7/3 to my question labeled "Please Answer Me"

The other day I asked a question that basically was me looking for reassurance in regards to my husband and what your thoughts were as far as do you think he could have been pricked by a needle or am being irrational, meaning, should I be concerned my neighbors threw a hypodermic needle over into our yards (because they may be upset we called the cops on them a few months ago), I have no reason to believe a needle would be in my yard and my husband stated he poked himself on something while picking up bushes and branches he just cut down/could have been thorns in there or anything) Also he looked at his finger right away and said it did not bleed, he said IF IT WAS A NEEDLE HE SURE WOULD KNOW AS HE WAS LOOKING AT WHAT HE WAS PICKING UP OFF THE GROUND also told me HE NEVER BLED IT JUST FELT LIKE A SHARP EDGE OF A TREE BRANCH OF A NEEDLE, COULD HAVE BEEN A BEE STINGER ANYTHING. He looked at the ground and said he would have seen a needle in what he was picking up and that I am being irrational. The reason why he is getting upset is because all I do is think someone is going to put needles somewhere to harm me because I have a needle phobia and am afraid that hiv is EVERYWHERE I have OCD and all I do is think red dots are blood or anything that I cut myself off I check to see if it is a needle and I stare at the ground whenever I walk because I am looking for needles.
The reason I am writing back to you is your response was marked "HIGH RISK" and basically you said I should get tested and that I should be concerned of hiv. I apologize for saying this but everyone I have asked what they think, my mother, my friends they all said I should not be concerned and that I am just thinking that because I have a really big phobia of hiv, needles etc. So your answer made me even more anxious because you know what? I already know that there was no needle and that this worry is because this is my obsession that consumes almost every day of my life. I am always looking for needles and worried people will put them somewhere to infect me and frankly I do not feel like you even answered my question because in the answer you stated, that my question is basically saying "my husband was poked by a needle should I be concerned", when really my question was DO YOU THINK I AM BEING IRRATIONAL AND DO YOU THINK THAT IF YOU WERE IN YOUR YARD AND YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE WAS PICKING BRANCHES OFF THE GROUND, WOULD YOUR FIRST THOUGHT BE OMG WAS THAT A NEEDLE? I did not say my husband was poked by a needle. I just wanted to know what you thought about my question and you made me feel worse, because deep down I know nothing happened and you basically told me I should be concerned about being infected with hiv and to get a test. Well let me tell you, I have had at least 10 hiv tests in my lifetime because of how much I worry about getting hiv and I do not do anything high risk. So this is not a high risk question, this was simply me looking for reassurance and you know what I have written on here before and most people reply and say that you cannot really answer "what if" scenarios and that I sound very anxious basically I have been told to seek professional help, as this worry all the time is not good for my health. I apologize because I should not have written a question like this in order to seek reassurance, but why would you basically answer this as if I should be worried and that this is high risk? All I wanted to know was did my story sound ridiculous, I mean come on you cannot live life every day and walk around thinking there are needles everywhere, so why would you respond as if this was a big concern? Again I did not ask you if I should be concerned because my husband was poked by a needle. I asked you do you think that would have actually happened? If this is the case I guess you are telling everyone who accidentally pokes themselves while gardening with a branch that they should automatically be concerned about needles and to go get tested. I am SO SORRY FOR EVEN COMING TO THIS HELPLINE because all you did was stress me out even more and now I am panicking because of my ocd. If you could kindly reply to this please and explain your answer and confirm if you actually really think my question really needs testing, or if you "THOUGHT" I was just saying hey there was a needle should I be concerned. Again, I have had several HIV tests in my past because of my worry about everything. i am pretty sure I have poked myself in my yard with a branch and though omg what if that is a needle. I have got tested for hiv after I had to get stitches because I was worried the doctor in the ER used a used needle, so if you can kindly reply and clarify why my question is so high risk. Can someone not be doing yard work, get poked by a branch, or sharp stick/thorn, NOT BLEED and still MUST GO GET AN HIV TEST THIS IS A VERY HUGE CONCERN? because that is exactly how you made me feel.

Blood oaths, blood transfusions, syringes with infected blood

Hello friends,

I have a few theoritical questions about HIV blood transmission.

1. You probably know the common practice of high-school blood oaths, where a grop of people cut their palms or their wrist arteries with a razor and then perform contact or handshake with deep wounds. My question is - In this situation will PEP will needed (and testing respectively)

2. A person decides to donate blood and it happens to be in his/hers WINDOW PEROD. Is there a possibility the medical staff not to detect the virus and then to be transmitted to other people?

3. As a final of my inquiery I would like to ask you about the famous myth "synergy filled with hiv blood". For how long it is possible the virus in the blood to survive there.

Thanks in advance fo your help and answers

Thanks in advance for the answers

answer the points , i am waiting please

i went for a blood test , at a registered medical lab the lab in Yangon Myanmar , the lab is super clean , the nurse covered her hand with gloves ,placed tissue on my arm and over tissue she adjusted a tight strip to make vein visible, then cleaned my arm area with alcohol patch for drawing the blood, and she used multi sample collection needle , (venipuncture ), vacutainer needle ,
till here everything was fine or is fine
the issue is i did not see or i did not noticed that the multi sample collection needle was sealed or not , as she picked it from a basket full of multi sample collection needles may be 20 or 30 ,( black coloured with white seal on all of them ) after the blood was drawn she immediately threw it in dustbin , i am now being paranoid

1.as if she has used a old one ,
2.or someone has touched the needle and then covered it again ,
3. can i get hiv or hepatitis or any other infection ,
4.please tell that if a needle cap once opened cannot be put back
5. what is the possibility that someone can get infected this way as the blood was being drawn out not injected
6. what if it was touched by someone
7. can it be re used ,
8. Sharing link showing exact picture of needles not the brand ( https://www.medline.com/product/Multi-Sample-Blood-Collection-Needles-by...)
9. is hiv test required

I am in doubt , can a health worker do this , or how safe are these multi sample collection needles are , can there cap opened once cant be put back or what are the chances it was old or someone has just touched it and pack it back , my fault is i didn't noticed its seal but now i am being paranoid , how stupid i can be

more ever i went again to that Lab, to see again , they are super clean , place needles in a basket all were sealed and they throw immediately after use as she threw mine after my test , but i am being paranoid thinking only about it , and no one is answering my query also , please help

sir please reply
please

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