Anonymous
Hi Guys,
I was at a tailor getting my trousers taken in. There were a lot of pins in the waste and when I took the trousers off I accidentally grabbed a pin which really hurt (it pricked my finger and a large drop of blood came out). I was thinking what if the tailor had pricked themselves (just like I did) just before putting the pin in the waste and then I pricked myself a short time after - is this a risk of HIV transmission? Should I get a test?

By the way, your website is great and you really do provide an amazing service.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

I understand this must have been a stressful situation, but I'm happy to let you know that it is No Risk for HIV transmission!

The reason for this is that HIV is a delicate virus that cannot survive exposure to the environment outside of the body. What this means is that as soon as HIV-containing bodily fluids are out of the body, they become damaged and inactivated and can no longer be passed on. This applies to any bodily fluids that would be present on the pin!

Check out this website for some great information about the transmission of HIV :
http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/how-you-get-hiv

I hope this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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