Cms1220
Good morning,

I went to a clothing store to have pants altered that I had previously purchased. Due to COVID, I had to do the alteration length myself. The employee handed me a clothespin/safety pin. I tried to get the pin through my pants for about a minute or so. Once I was able to break through the material I jabbed myself. I did bleed, however it was not for a long time and stopped on its own. I am wondering what my risk of HIV transmission is?
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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 getting poked with a safety pin.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario)

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

In order for transmission to occur, three components need to be met according to our Transmission Equation (see below). From the scenario you described, it does not appear that the safety pin had any fluids on it prior to it poking you. HIV needs a bodily fluid in order to survive and be able to transmit. There is no need for further testing required.

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation below for more information:

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

Thank you
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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