This is my risk if someone can please ***** it. I am a Police Officer and I recently had an encounter with a HIV drug user, while conducting a pat down, I was pricked by a needle that he had on his possession. The needle was a closed needle like a sewing needle not one for injecting drugs. The drug user stated that he used it to check his insulin levels. The drug user stated that he had used it about 2 minutes prior to my encounter with him. Is this a Risk?
I have read a whole lot of mixed information on this over the internet. Can someone who has any knowledge of this please comment. The needle did not have a bore.
Thanks for the quick response. Are you a Medical specialist or have experience in this field? I am very worried for the fact that he was HIV postitve and wondering if I should have reported it as a occupational exposure, what do you think?
Let's understand the nature of exposure you had, I am going back to your initial post, which states "The needle was a closed needle like a sewing needle not one for injecting drugs"
Now firstly, the risk of you contracting HIV from this exposure is practically impossible. Why? The type of needle you mention can't content fluid and also assuming this individual was HIV positive, for the blood that it might have already come in contact with, the infected fluid was already deactivated to transmit HIV. As, the virus becomes inactive as soon as it comes in contact with the external environment.
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