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21 Nov 2005

Solid Needle
Hi,

Can HIV be transmitted by being pricked with a solid needle or thorn?

Many thanks
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HIV Counsellor

01 Jan 0001

Hi Dave!

Chances of transmission with a solid needle are much lower than with hollow ones. I would nevertheless not put it at absolutely 0% and recommend a test.

Hollow needles store a quantity of blood which carries the virus and enables it to survive a little longer. A solid needle that had been exposed to air for longer than a minut after coming in contact with contaminated blood should be ok.

Stay well
Laurent
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