Anonymous
Hello.

I may have stepped on a needle at the park. When I got home there was a tiny cut and a bruise. Do needle sticks bruise? When should I test?

Thanks
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your primary source of information about HIV/AIDS issues.

A superficial wound from stepping on a needle, does not put you at-risk of contracting HIV. HIV dies upon exposure to air (oxygen). For a risk to exist, specific HIV positive fluids (e.g. blood, semen, vaginal/rectal fluid) must directly access the bloodstream of an HIV negative individual, and the exchange of these specific HIV positive fluids must take place in an airtight space (e.g. unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles for the use of active injection).

I would recommend partnering with your physician to make sure your tetanus shot is up-to-date. However, no HIV test is required for the incident you have described.

I trust I have answered your question sufficiently. Should you have any further inquiries, please feel free to write back or visit http://www.aidsvancouver.org for more information.

Sincerely,

Marta
AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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