Anonymous
hello
I m an Indian yesterday I was travelling in train & did not see there was small metal like pin poked in my palm & started bleeding.
My worry since there was lot of crowd in train & may possible it poked by just within second poked somebody else as well.
Kindly confirm whether this could be way of HIV transmission.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question.

Your question is whether you can get HIV infection from a skin puncture caused by a piece of metal. We are glad to provide some information.

When the HIV virus is exposed to air it is no longer transmittable. Even if the piece of metal had poked someone before it poked you the virus on the piece of metal would have been exposed to air and therefore would not transmit. For HIV to transmit through a wound, the wound must be so deep that it requires stitches and there must be a lot of blood from the infected person which does not seem to be the case in the activity you described. The following transmission equation will show you the activities that normally result in the transmission of HIV.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• 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

At AIDS Vancouver we encourage people to use HIV testing as a regular health maintenance routine. We encourage people to get tested at least once or twice a year in order to determine their HIV status. This removes a lot of unnecessary worry. You can get additional information on HIV transmission from [CATIE](http://catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#how)


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