Anonymous
Hi. I am sorry to be a bother but again I want to get answer to my question as I ask it vs assumption or misunderstanding

If you read below on my follow up question. You will see the answer where it says "it sounds like the blood was yours on the staple". Not sure why that was assumed. So again my question is:

If someone passing me a booklet poked themselves with a staple right before giving me the booklet and got their blood on it and second later while passing me the booklet the same staple pricked me which caused a dot of blood, can I get HIV from the staple?ANY risk?

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Hello. I asked a question below and somewhat confused. It's says no risk under my subject heading yet in the answer it says unlikely yet maybe get tested......it also says I was hypothetical

So late me state facts:

1. I was pricked by staple and a small dot of blood occurred from the hole it made

So my question was if the person handed me a booklet and cut themself on the same staple that seconds later pricked me and caused a dot of blood in my finger am I at ANY risk

And if not like the answer said below why would I need to get tested???

Original Q&A below

Question:
Hi there

I was at my sons university seminar where volunteers were passing booklets to attendees

When I received mine I accidentally pricked my finger on the staple on booklet. My concern is what if seconds before me, the person handing out the booklet did the same and his blood went on to staple then into my finger within a couple of seconds? Any risk here? Why or why not?

Thank you

Answer:
Hello and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source for HIV/AIDS related information.

I would just like to note that answering questions based on theoretical situations is very difficult as there is a lot of information that is unknown.

In order for HIV transmission to occur,V is a very fragile virus meaning that in a very short exposure to air (within seconds) the virus is destroyed and therefore unable to transmit to another person. In order for HIV transmission to occur through a wound on a person the wound must be deep, open, and actively bleeding. In your case it does not sound like your wound had these characteristics. As mentioned previously, [www.aidsvancouver.org](www.aidsvancouver.org) As you don't mention that there was visible blood, and even if there was small trace amounts of blood present, it is likely that within the time frame from a potential HIV positive person pricking themselves with the same staple to you pricking yourself the virus would be destroyed. Based on what you have described it is very unlikely that you are at risk of HIV transmission; the best way to know your status however, is to be tested. If you have further concerns you should reach out to your health care professional.

Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for contacting for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I will try and answer your question as best I can.

First off HIV can only be transmitted by human to human contact. As the previous helpline volunteer stated: body fluids with high levels of HIV such as blood, semen/pre-cum, and anal/vaginal fluids must have direct access to your blood stream. Since none of these activities were happening you have no risk. HIV is also destroyed very quickly when exposed to air.

There is no risk to exposure to HIV through the staple since it was exposed to the air, and since there was no human to human contact. It also sounds like the blood on the staple was from yourself and not from the other person. So you don't need to worry about exposure to HIV. If you want to check AIDS Vancouver's website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org it may help gain insight into how HIV is transmitted. There is also no need for you to get testing because there is no risk.

I hope I was able to answer your question. You can also contact us (604)-893-2201.

Best Wishes,

Renee

Vancouver AIDS Helpline Volunteer
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Anonymous
Hi there,

I want to directly answer your question - no, you are not at risk for HIV transmission .

As the others have stated - HIV dies as soon as it is exposed to the air.

HIV needs a *closed, air-tight system* to survive (ie- the human body). It also needs to have *direct access* to your blood stream. Direct access means vaginal or anal penetration or a deep, fresh and profusely bleeding wound (think stab wound). The kind of cut you could get from a staple would *not* be considered direct access.

I trust this has adequately answered your questions. Feel free to contact us again with any other concerns. You can call us on the helpline at 604-696-4666 or email us at helpline@aidsvancouver.com

In health,

Chantelle

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer.
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