Anonymous
while out walking I found a metal badge , I lifted it and pricked my finger on pin on back of it .
is there any chance of hiv from it , worrying about it .
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Anonymous
Hi,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver. I will try and answer your questions as best I can.

For HIV to be transmitted there needs to be a human to human contact. HIV can only be transmitted through an exchange of body fluids. For example: blood, semen, etc. HIV dies very quickly when exposed to air. Transmission through cuts, scrapes and sores that are not bleeding profusely provides only a theoretical risk, meaning we have never seen a case of HIV transmission occur this way. So there is no risk of getting HIV through a pin in the back of a badge. There is no need to worry .

For further information you can check our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org [www.aidsvancouver.org](www.aidsvancouver.org) or give us a call at (604)-696-4666.

Best Wishes,

Renee

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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