I am hopeful that I will get some advices here. I went to meet a guy I was not in good with terms. We dated in the past and I had asked him for HIV testing. One day he messaged me that he had test done and he is fine. I went to check his results. He was reluctant to show me his results. He was sitting in my car. I moved my hand to him for friendship and he hold my lower arm instead of hand. I felt little discomfort and immediately moved back my arm.(20-30 secs) He left to get reports and I checked my arm there is no blood or puncture or hole in my arm. He came back with results later.

1- Do you feel needle when some poke you?
2- If some one try to inject blood in your muscle (not in vein) how does it feel.
3- Can painless shots used for flu can be used here?
4- He has protein bar in his hand, wonder if syringe/needle can be hidden there?
Hi there and thank you for contacting us at AIDS Vancouver, we are happy to help.

It sounds as though you are really concerned after seeing you old partner and you feel as though you may have been poked with a needle.

First off, it is difficult to answer the questions that you asked because they seem to be different scenarios of what might have happened. I can say that if someone did poke you with a needle or inject something in your muscle you would definitely feel it or have some mark on your arm that would indicate a needle poke. As for whether he hid a needle in his protein bar or used something to painlessly inject you with, it is difficult for me to answer those questions.

I can give you some information about HIV transmission to hopefully put your mind at ease.

In order for HIV to be transmitted, specific body fluids need to come into direct contact with the bloodstream of someone who has HIV, through specific activities. These are outlined in the transmission equation posted below:


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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
In your scenario where you state that there may have been a needle injected in your arm, this would be an event that may require testing if it did occur. I would suggest that if you have no indication of a needle injury on your arm then testing for this event would not be necessary. We do recommend regular HIV testing for all individuals who are sexually active.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding HIV transmission, feel free to contact us at our Helpline. We are open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm (PST)
604-253-0566 ext. 299
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