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needle stick

Question: 

What is a needlestick? I pricked myself with subcutaneous injection? There was no blood coming out of me after pricking…nor ther was visible blood on syringe…can anyone put light on infection chances?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission from a needle prick with no visible blood. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be High risk (Evidence of transmission through these activities and is the majority of cases of transmission). The scenario mentioned above does meet the three components of the transmission equation, if the needle did have direct access to the bloodstream.

We recommend that you refer to a physician for an HIV test.

If you are continuously engaging in high risk activity there are biomedical approaches such as PrEP and PEP that help lower your risk of acquiring HIV. Refer to your physicians for further information.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sara