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"Paper pin" *****, can this be a possible exposure?
Hey!

Today I went to a furniture shop to buy a second hand Sofa. In the shop I came across a sofa with cushons, when trying to pick the cushon I was sharply pricked by a paper pin used to keep the cushon cover intact. I was wondering if that pin was dirty and may also have pricked someone else who might be HIV Positive (such as staff in shop or a customer).

Can someone please tell me that:

How long does HIV survives on an object like a "paper pin"? and is there a risk involved in this incident, can I be infected in this manner?          

I am really freaked out and worried

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186166 tn?1385262982
hiv is not spread through environmental surfaces.

his is transmitted through...

unprotected vaginal/anal intercourse
sharing of iv drug works
mother to child
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but they also say that you can be infected if a dirty needle with HIV + Blood pricks you?

What if that pin had same story?
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186166 tn?1385262982
a needle and a pin are two entirely different things.
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from needles you mean syringes which inject fluids?

So that means I wasn't at risk at all?

Can I assume it as ZERO or No Risk?
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not assume...know with confidence!!!!!
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ZERO and No risk are the same thing...
You where not at risk, HIV doesnt survive long when exposed to air
This is why a syringes there is a risk as its in a sealed container where air cant touch it, A pin is exposed to air...

The only way there could be a risk is that if you saw someone ***** themselevs with it and then you instanly priked yourself... (Within like 10-30 seconds)
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186166 tn?1385262982
good lord...
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Thank you Lizzie, I much appreciate your kind Help  
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The only way there could be a risk is that if you saw someone ***** themselevs with it and then you instanly priked yourself... (Within like 10-30 seconds)

That is not true..
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thanks alot Mate!
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186166 tn?1385262982
you were never at risk :)  dont get all "confused" by questions24's comments.  
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ok! Lizzie I got it but TEAK what is not true in Questions24 answer and why?
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Because you cannot contract HIV in that manner.
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Yea sorry? Whats wrong with my answer?? :S

I was told that HIV can live up to 30 seconds when exposed to air? Is it beacuse there would not be enough blood etc?
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First off HIV is NOT alive. It cannot stay active outside it's host when exposed to temp change, or ph change and it cannot be transmitted via a non-hollow core needle or any other environmental surface or article.
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Oh right, Now i see why mine was a no risk exposure (As the Temp would have changed as well as the PH)
Sorry just ignore me
I guess you do learn something new everyday
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