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Needle poke with no blood drawn

Can you get HIV if you come in contact with an HIV+ needle without it causing you to bleed? I got scratched by a needle from a guy that was HIV+. It barely scratched the surface of my skin and didn't ever bleed. I washed my hands immediately. Can i still get HIV from this?

Hiv outside the Body

Please read the following information and help me undrestand how is it possible this health care workers got infected if its claimed Hiv virus weakness onces outside the body:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000919.htm

Suspected needle scratch

I'm a medical practitioner, was securing iv access for a patient with a background of rape 19 days ago...i was trying to cap the cannula and felt the needle scratch through my gloved hands precisely the thumb. After securing the line. I examined it..didn't see any scratch...It didn't bleed even when I applied pressure. I'm worried out of my mind. Should I be?

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