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Was there a risk for me ? {I}F I put my hand into syringe drop box ?

Question: 

This question might be quite weird to you!

But you know I'm the one who pick up things restlessly! So I'm {n}ot quite sure as to whether this scenario was happen to me in fact!

I do remember that around 7 years and 4 months ago in an airplane toilet I saw syringe drop box that was situated on the console of the toilet but I can't remember exactly whether I put my hand into that syringe drop box or not ????? Maybe it was just located there but I didn't do anything with it (I really hope I didn't!)

But what if I did ? Would there be any risk to me ?

Ps. I did some research on the internet that there's no one report for someone who was infected by HIV by pricking oneself with discarded syringe in US, Canada< UK or even Australia ????? Whether this will apply to my case or not ?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through a needle prick. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be **Low Risk ** (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met and there have been a few reports of infection attributed to these activities).

The scenario mentioned above does meet the three components of the transmission equation. The transmission equation requires HIV positive infected bodily fluids to come into contact with an HIV negative individual through a high risk activity that has direct access into the bloodstream (1). In this scenario the needle prick can be a risky activity that could exchange bodily fluids with direct access into the bloodstream.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle