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A couple of months ago i was at the beach swimming and in the sand underwater i pricked my finger on what i believe to have been a needle is it possable to get HIV.
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replied February 27th, 2008
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Get tested ...It isn't very likely but it may be possible. It never hurts to get tested. It is free and easy at your local clinic. Just a mouth swab will do it. I am sure you are fine but it is always better to be safe. It will put your mind at ease. Good Luck. Let us know how it goes.
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replied February 27th, 2008
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Sorry about all that. As you get tested for HIV as Homerx has recommended, also get tested for Hepatitis C. HIV dies from about a minute to half minute after it hits the air. I doubt there was any HIV alive on the needle. I wish you well.
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replied February 28th, 2008
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Good point, Muthoni...I didn't think about hepatitis.
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replied February 28th, 2008
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Thanks Homerx. I know that Hep C can live for 6 to 8 weeks outside the body. Nasty virus.
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