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Author Topic: Prick by a Staple Wire  (Read 631 times)

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Offline IAmWorried

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Prick by a Staple Wire
« on: September 17, 2022, 05:49:53 am »
Our company just prepared food for us at the lobby. And I accidentally prick my finger on the staple wire of the plastic pack of the paper plates. One of the employee is just recently diagnosed with HIV and I am afraid if he also pricked his finger on the same staple wire since there are also two packs of paper plates there. I believe the staple wire used in the plastic pack was the small one, for small staplers.

I'm really troubled right now, not really sure whether he got there first that he also got his finger pricked or he got his food after I left. What if he did got to go there first and accidentally pricked his finger, and after 3 mins (he wasn't there when I was looking) I got myself pricked too? Will I be infected? I have Prep here, can I use this as Pep but it is already past 72 hours. What is the earliest time I should get tested? We only have antibody test in our area. Please help.

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Re: Prick by a Staple Wire
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2022, 05:57:00 am »
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I accidentally prick my finger on the staple wire of the plastic pack of the paper plates.

Absolutely zero HIV risk, move on with your life.


Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
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

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, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

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Jim

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Re: Prick by a Staple Wire
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2022, 09:41:25 am »
I forgot to tell, I did bleed after I prick my finger with the staple wire. Am I at risk now since there is a possibility that the staple wire was stained with blood? Btw I'm not on Prep, it will be my first time to use it, I just received it today and the incident was a week ago.

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Re: Prick by a Staple Wire
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2022, 11:35:19 am »
Zero HIV risk.

PrEP will do nothing against an HIV exposure a week ago and what you posted is absolutely zero HIV risk. No need for testing, PEP or PrEP.

It's an emotional problem not HIV.
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Re: Prick by a Staple Wire
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2022, 12:21:14 pm »
It did penetrated the skin of my finger, and was worried if traces of blood got inside, and yes, an employee of the same unit just recently been diagnosed with HIV.

If for example it was past 72 hours like 4 days after another possible exposure. Can I still take Prep or PEP? Or it will no longer have effect?

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Re: Prick by a Staple Wire
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2022, 12:40:20 pm »
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It did penetrated the skin of my finger, and was worried if traces of blood got inside, and yes, an employee of the same unit just recently been diagnosed with HIV.

Repeating the same information isn't going to change the assessment. What you posted lacks all the biological and environmental conditions required for you to aquire HIV.

Also, HIV is extremely fragile. Once exposed outside the body's confines, the receptors needed to infect corrode, leaving it unable to infect. In short, you can't acquire HIV by touching objects or being pricked by them.

When needles or sharps are an HIV concern in non-occupational situations, it's through sharing hollow needles (syringes) during drug use, due to the larger volume of fluids containing HIV that are also kept within a vacuum and then injected directly into the bloodstream.

However, to give you some context, HIV is so fragile that even accidental needle pricks with these discarded hollow needles in community situations have not resulted in a single documented case of someone acquiring in 40+ years of HIV, let alone a non-hollow staple prick...

You had no HIV risk whatsoever from these "what if" fears.

Also, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is something you need to start taking before a sexual exposure happens and continue taking it afterwards for it to work, and PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) is something you start taking within 72 hours of exposure, however ideally far sooner post-exposure.

You need to overcome this irrational fear you have from working with someone living with HIV.  In short, your adult risks of acquiring HIV are limited:

- Sex
- Sharing drugs rigs (Syringes)
- Blood transfusions (Rare thanks to screening)

Nothing more!

It's simple don't share syringes, use condoms, and, test out of standard routine yearly for HIV & STIs.
« Last Edit: September 17, 2022, 01:13:01 pm by Jim Allen »
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