Anonymous
Hello,

thank you for your great job that helps me so much!

I have a potentioal exposure three days ago.

Here is my concern:

Three days ago I stood in front of a supermarket waiting for the bus. I was focusing on my phone and did not notice a tall guy came very closely to me (20 - 30 cm).He smiled very weridly and said something strange to me that I didn't hear clearly. But then I was freaking out since I have never had such situation before. Because of fear, I did not move away immediately. After around 20 - 30 seconds, I saw the bus coming and took the bus to leave. Even I sat on the bus, I saw that he still had a very weird smile to me.

I know there are some cases of hiv transmission by needle pricking (maybe not in North America but in some other places). And I am so scared that he may prick me with a hiv+ blood needle and I did not notice that cuz I was focusing on my phone.

Please tell me whether and when should I go to clinic for hiv and other sti test.

Thank you so much!

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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after you may have been stabbed with a needle at a bus stop.


The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. Here are some of the reasons why:

* It is very unlikely that you would not be aware of being stabbed by a need.

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. The needle in question would have been outside of the body and exposed to oxygen and therefore any fluids contain HIV on the needle would not be able to transmit to you.




I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • HIV Basics


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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