No,HIV becomes inactive & unable to infect as soon as it is exposed to the elements--no risk.
HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.
HIV is transmitted by;
Unprotected penetrative anal and/or vaginal sex
Sharing works with other IV drug abusers
Mother to child
Thank you both for responding. I was worried because I was at the mall the other day and I had a coupon attached to my receipt. The cashier used his finger to pry open the the staple that attached the coupon and when he handed the receipt back to me I got poked with the staple that was sticking out. I was worried that he might have poked himself right before me. When I read the expert forums it seemed like they believed that something like this could be risky. I am currently breastfeeding my daughter and I wouldn't want to expose her to anything.
Why do so many sites state that a needlestick is a risk, if the virus is inactive outside of its host? Also what is considered a host? I am really trying to become informed about HIV transmittion to overcome my fear.