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I was pricked in the finger with a used lancet. The HIV status of the patient was unknown since we couldn't determine who it was. I then had unprotected sex around 12 hours later. When does HIV appear in seman and what is the risk of transmission to my sexual partner?
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I will be more than glad to help.

First, I'd like to mention that the HIV virus dies very quickly upon exposure to air, and therefore it is not generally transmitted from sharp objects such as knives; except for objects that can protect the blood from the air such as syringes. So, it is very unlikely that you would acquire HIV from this situation. That being said, I would recommend that you go for an HIV test in order to be safe. An HIV test is considered conclusive 12 weeks or later post-exposure.

Now, although extremely unlikely, assuming that you acquired HIV, it would be very unlikely to transmit it 12 hours later. The HIV virus usually takes a few weeks to establish a systemic infection. Again, I would recommend that you go for a test, and hopefully once it comes back negative, then you don't have to worry about the unprotected sex.


Sincerely,

Ali

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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