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I was pricked in my hand while walking in the supermarket. Somebody pass by me hitting on my hand with something that pricked my hand front skin. At that moment i felt pain, i turned back saw few guys were walking away normally. I didn't see any blood but saw a small mosquito bite hole in my hand. Later after 10 min I saw small blood on the pricked place and also it was swollen .I freaked out thinking somebody purposely pricked me with needle. I cleaned blood using tissue and squeeze to take blood out but watery fluid came from skin. Can I be infected with infectious disease like hepatitis and HIV. Should I take any test.
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I will be more than glad to address your concerns.

It would be very unlikely that you'd acquire HIV this way, since the HIV virus dies almost immediately upon exposure to air. So even if there was blood on the sharp object that pricked you, it is very unlikely that it can transmit HIV. However, Hepatitis C can live outside of the body for up to 3 days, so there would be some risk if there was blood on the sharp object. If you's worried, I would recommend that you go for an HIV and Hep C test to clear your mind. That being said, it is extremely unlikely for these diseases to be transferred in such a way.

Sincerely,

Ali

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