Anonymous
I bought a small hollow needle (sterile) in a pharmacy to remove a splinter from my finger. I think I did it well. But then I realized (I share my bathroom) that I had put the needle (without the cap) near the sink while I was preparing everything. No one had gone to the bathroom in the previous five hours before (there was nobody in the house during this period).
If there was any remaining blood from another person near the sink where I had put the needle before removing the splinter, would it be dangerous? Or not since it had spent at least five hours? Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. It sounds like you are concerned about the risk of HIV transmission after you left a need out uncapped in the washroom before taking out a splinter. You seem to be concerned that there may have been remaining blood left on the surface from another person where you left the needle.

In this situation you are at No Risk for HIV transmission. Here's why:

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen (on or near the sink) it dies and can no longer transmit.

* HIV is transmitted HUMAN-TO HUMAN

* HIV cannot be transmitted to you by an object. It cannot transmit from human- to object(sink surface onto needle)-to human(you)


For more information about HIV, I would encourage you to check out the following resources:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • Avert.org



  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary

    AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online





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