Anonymous
Bought a new shirt. However, when I was trying on my shirt at the clothing store, it had pins on the sleeves and by the neck etc to hold shirt into place. I removed most of the pins but one of them I guesss I didnt see and as I put my hand into sleeve, it scratched and caused a small dot of blood. If someone tried on the same shirt right before me, and the same Pin scratched them, and their hiv blood is on that pin, and a minute or two later that hiv blood on that pin now scratched me, can I get HIV ?

Is their any risk at all?
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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline Forum.

There is zero risk for HIV transmission. HIV dies upon exposure to air meaning there wouldn't have been active HIV for transmission. HIV also needs direct access to your bloodstream, no HIV-borne fluid entered your bloodstream through a pin prick.

HIV is a human to human virus and not transmitted through objects or touch. Skin is a great barrier for HIV transmission.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know if we can provide any more information. Or if you would like to call and speak to someone at the Helpline, you can do so anonymously and confidentially by calling 604-696-4666, Monday to Friday between 10am-4pm.

All the Best,

Reeman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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