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What if the needle prick didn't bleed you is it safe


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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

Sharing needles is considered to be a high risk of HIV. This is because blood containing HIV can be stored in the barrel of the needle without being exposed to the air and then be injected into your bloodstream. If by being pricked by a needle you mean that you were sharing needles with someone else to inject, this is a high risk.

However, if by needle prick you mean that you were poked by a needle but not injected with the contents of the barrel, then the risk from this would be relatively low. This is because HIV in bodily fluids (such as blood) becomes non-transmissible when exposed to the air. If the needle only pricked you and you had no contact with the contents, the risk would be low because any blood on the needle itself would have been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV.

For more information about HIV you can visit CATIE.ca or the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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