Anonymous
Hi Doctor. I need to clear some doubts whether I need to go testing for this incident.
I was walking in the Home Depot ,I started looking some stuff a sharp metallic round object hurt my hand there was no bleeding but just pinch with scalp on the palm. I didn't see any blood on the object ,I was worried came back home and wash my hand with soap and after shave .
Please asses my Risk and let me know I need HIV/STI testing or just move on ,I have read your answers and information the environment objects cannot transmit. Actually these stuff keep bothering me and getting tested
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you have some concerns about your likelihood of acquiring HIV from the described scenario.

Here at AIDS Vancouver we are volunteers and do not possess the same knowledge or accreditation that a medical professional has. It is great that you have read our answers and have noticed that inanimate objects do not have the ability to transmit HIV. Thus, because there was no body fluid, sexual activity, a direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream and exposure to air which damages the virus to the point where it is no longer transmissible, you are at No Risk of acquiring HIV.

Below is an HIV Transmission Equation Chart which might be helpful to look over as it goes into great detail on the factors required for there to be a risk of HIV transmission.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Chris, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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