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Author Topic: New here, would like to have some information about situation  (Read 1712 times)

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Offline triton

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Hello, I am new here
First i would like to thank all the community for all the help provided on this forum,
i would like to know if i was exposed to a potential risk, as i am describing what happens:
Last week i invited friends for dinner, one of them had acupuncture needles placed by her acupuncturist on the neck covered with a tape. I hugged my friend and kept my arm on her neck then she asked me to be careful, and told me about those needles. After they left i started thinking about it, and being honest i was a bit worried, my ignorance of acupuncture practices brings me to ask this question, was it a risk? i didn't feel anything also know that those needles are tiny.
I got tested last fall and don't feel like explaining this story to a nurse or doctor. (a bit embarrassed)  :-X
Thank you for taking the time reading my post!
All the best

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Re: New here, would like to have some information about situation
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2013, 03:12:58 PM »
Hi Triton . Many people lump all needles into the hypodermic needle category , its a common misconception that HIV remains viable on all sharp objects , but its not true .

HIV is a fragile virus that gets damaged instantly when exposed to oxygen and is rendered unable to infect . The reason sharing IV drug injection equipment is a risk is because hypodermic needles are a vacuum and a low oxygen environment and even HIV tainted blood in a hypodermic syringe doesn't remain infectious for HIV for very long because of changes in temperature that damage the virus .

Sewing and acupuncture needles are not hollow and do not pose a risk in the transmission of HIV .

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!
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Offline triton

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Re: New here, would like to have some information about situation
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2013, 06:10:35 PM »
Thank you Jeff G,
I appreciate your effort!


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