blackstar
Hello, 
I was in the process of checking my Dad's blood sugar level with a Glucometer and once it was finished and while I was removing the needle I accidentally pricked myself with same Needle that was used on my dad, and a small drop of blood came out. My question is : Am I at a risk of getting HIV/Aids ?. Should I get tested ? 

Note: Both my Dad and I are HIV Negative. 

Thank you. 
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are asking about possible HIV transmission after accidentally pricking yourself with a recently used lancet from a glucose meter.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of No Risk (Transmission of HIV is possible in the given scenario)

Transmission  is considered to be of No Risk for the following reasons:

In order for a chance of HIV transmission to even occur in this scenario,  your father would have to be HIV positive. Assuming that your father is HIV negative, transmission would not be possible. Additionally, a person does not "acquire" AIDS after being exposed to HIV. AIDS is a later stage of HIV infection after the immune system has been badly damaged by the virus. Taking antiretroviral medications is used to prevent the infection from progressing to such a stage.

In the event that your father was HIV positive, there still should be No Risk. HIV rapidly reduces in concentration after being exposed to air. This is further amplified due to the fact that the needles in the lancets are very small (meaning that there would be very little blood and it would dry rapidly) and there is no area where blood could be isolated from air (such as in the case of a needle syringe which provides an anaerobic environment).

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided. Refer to a healthcare professional for other health health related questions.

Thank you
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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