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Good day i was wondering if one could contract HIV from being poked with a sewing needle??it was a few hours after someone used it and left it. Sorry. I suffer from.paranoia just wanted to find out 




Hello there and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of HIV-related information.
The activities that pose high possibility for HIV acquisition are: unprotected anal sex, unprotected vaginal sex, sharing needles, or giving birth/breast feeding a baby.
Sharing needles with someone right after a person uses a needle poses high risk for acquiring HIV because there is a small space in the chamber of a syringe in which a small amount of blood is corrected and it is not exposed to the air/oxygen unless a plunger is pulled from the syringe. But the most important thing here is that a needle has a hole all the way whereas there is no hole in a sewing needle.In addition to that, HIV's H stands for Human; thus the virus simply cannot survive outside the body and dies as soon as exposed to the air/oxygen.
Thus being pocked with a sewing needle poses no risk for acquiring HIV; hence there is no need for you to be tested from this particular incident you are concerned about.
You mentioned that you are suffering from anxiety and paranoia. I hope you have the support you need. I also encourage you to educate yourself about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Having better understandings of HIV may help reduce your anxiety associated with HIV.For more information about HIV, please check the links:www.smartsexresource.comwww.avert.orgwww.catie.cahttp://www.aidsvancouver.org/get-informed/faq
Hopefully you find the information helpful.Please feel free to write us back if you have any other questions/concerns.
Stay healthy and keep smiling,YoshikoAIDS Vancouver Helpline VolunteerE-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.orgPhone (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm): (604) 696-4666Web: www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline