Anonymous
Hi,
Yesterday I got on the bus and sat on chair. I felt a pain like needle prick. If this was a needle prick, will this cause infection?
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems like you are concerned from the prick of a needle that you believe you have felt while sitting on the bus.

Let me ask, did you check your chair on the bus to see what caused your pain? Are you sure this is a needle? If there was a needle present, it would have been noticeable.

If there was injectable needle present, infection is possible, however, in order for the HIV to transmit in our body 3 factors must be present:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
In your case you are not sure if that is a injectable needle which is one of the factors.

If you want to know if you have acquired HIV (from this or any other exposure), testing is the only way. For testing centres in Canada, please visit [this website](https://aso411.ca/).

Thank you for contacting the HIV Helpline and you might want to visit these websites: [AIDS Vancouver](http://www.aidsvancouver.org/) and [CATIE](http://catie.ca/)

Hope this helps and Best in Health!

Roel


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