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At first this forum is excellent way to talk about hiv. Here is my question. I am a Brazilian gay man with 39 years. Let me ask you a question to see if it's only me freaking out. There was a day I went to a samba at night in Rio. It was in the Pedra do Sal samba. A famous local place in the city of Rio de Janeiro.  It was already 00:00 lately at night. Funk, a Brazilian music,  was playing in the street. I tried to cross from one side to the other side of the street to leave. It was actually very full. I felt something on my back like burning. But I saw there was a guy behind smoking. Not sure 100% because it was full of people in the street. I was more worried about the safety of  my cell phone.  I came home and saw that there was actually a small hole on my tshirt. I didn't see any blood on the blouse. Just this hole. How crazy! It occurred to me that this could be someone sticking me with a contaminated needle. But it was 00:00. Who would do that? Crazy thought? If it was even a needle injured, is it possible to contract hiv under these circumstances that I am talking here? I decided not take pep cause it sounded not real for me. I am looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks for all.

Jim Allen:

Read your post three times, including the "what ifs" with great care.

You didn't have any HIV risk from this situation, move on with your life. Please don't post about this again, thank you.

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV and get vaccinated against HPV, Hepatitis A & B.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier-acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms; testing is the only way to know.

Kind regards


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Thanks for the answer. The reason of my question was because I have seen on tv here in Brazil some rare  cases of people get sticked by needles in public spaces. Like you said, i am not in risk for hiv . i am in peace now. Thanks again.

Jim Allen:
You're welcome. It's not an HIV concern.

 I was so anxious about the idea that I was being sticked by a needle in a party and then I went to a infectologist doctor. It is what she told me “ the  infectologist that I had appointment said I had no risk for hiv for a possible needle stick expousure. She said they only consider accidents with needles or in health services or in the immediate sharing of needles when injecting drugs to be a risk. Possible random needles is zero risk”. Thanks for helping me.


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