Hi guys, thanks for this excellent forum and the information you provide.
3 days ago I got a thorn stuck in my index vinger from moving things around outside. I am currently living home due to the lockdown. I then asked my mother for a needle or something so that I can remove the thorn as it was deep.
My mother gave me a hollow needle, it was quite a big one. I didn’t really think about cleaning the tip and used it straight away to take out the thorn. The tiny would bled as I removed the thorn as it was deep. As I recall I didn’t see any blood on the needle before using it, I didn’t inject myself I only used the tip of the needle to open the wound and remove the thorn.
What worries me is, that I know this needle has not been used for any type of injection. My mother confirmed this. But I’m afraid my father used the needle for the same purpose as I did and did not sterilize it afterwards. Maybe some of his blood got left behind on the needle and it now got into my bloodstream.
A couple of months ago my father cheated on my mother. So I have no idea of his HIV status. It was a difficult time for our family so I really didn’t want to bring it up.
Considering the situation described above, do I need a HIV test after my encounter? I am really stressed about this...
Thanks in advance