Welcome to the forum.
We receive many questions about HIV risk from minor skin injuries in the environment. The answer is always the same: there has never been a known HIV infection from such exposures.
1) If your client says he has HIV, then there might be a small risk. Otherwise, you are at no risk of HIV.
2) Unless your client is suspected to have HIV, you do not need post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and I doubt you could find any doctor or clinic willing to prescribe it.
3) Since your client was stuck first with the needle, I do not see how s/he could be at risk for any blood borne infection. However, this is not a legal opinion; and I have no comment about whether you might be responsible for the physical injury your client received from the needle.
Regards--- HHH, MD
Dear dr. I am not asking for a leagle openion. Infact , you are not responsable for any openion you give me. I am waivibg any rights i have against any openion you give me and medhelp's guidlines are clear. I am just asking for a true openion. Do i have a risk or should i just put it behind me? What would you do?
P.s. What i meant about question 3 is that if the needle was contaminated before he stepped on it (the shop was closed for 11 hours before he walked in ) would he have had a risk?
First, why would you assume there is a chance the needle was contamined with HIV before your customer stepped on it? But even if it were contaminated with HIV infected blood, the virus would have died within a few minutes as the blood dried. So there obviously was no risk to your customer; and also no risk to you if the customer happened to have HIV -- which of course is unlikely as well.
That will end this thread. Please accept my opinion without debating it.
Thank you dr. For your patience with me. Take care