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I was at a party of a friend of a friend I don't personally know the perosn who's house I was in. We sat on the couch for about 10 mintues and when I got up I saw that I sat on something sharp. I
Picked it up and it was a stud earring. I pricked myself (I bled) when I picked it up and it touched me under my nail like wher the skin is. Am
I at risk of hiv?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver for HIV/AIDS-related information.

The short answer is no, you do not need to test for HIV based on this event alone. Let me explain why:

For HIV transmission to occur, body fluids containing HIV (i.e. blood, semen, vaginal fluids) require direct access to the bloodstream. This is typically through activities like sharing needles or unprotected anal/vaginal intercourse.

In your case, the earring prick didn't place you at risk because of the reasons explained above. Also, please note that HIV is a weak virus outside of the body. It dies within a minute after exposure to oxygen and does not live on surfaces. It needs to be transmitted through HUMAN contact. Even though you had a small cut, you would need a fresh and massive open wound (i.e. a stab wound) for there to be a possibility.

I hope I've answered your questions. If you have any more, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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