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What is the risk of HIV in needle prick injury?


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Published At August 30, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a medical professional. I injected a 5 year child in his buttock and while recapping the needle it pricked my finger. I applied pressure and allowed a few more drops of blood to ooze out and washed my hand with soap and water. Now, my question is that what are the chances of HIV (Human Immuno Deficiency Virus) transmission in this case, if the child is HIV positive?

Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.

According to world health organization (WHO),you are at 0.3% risk. Various other studies have also shown the risk range from 0.1% to 0.5%.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Does it make any difference that I made several drops of blood to ooze out? Moreover, there was no blood in the needle when I had withdrawn the needle from the buttock of the patient.

Hi, Welcome back to icliniq.com.

No, it is not going to make any difference. The risk will remain the same.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Atishay Bukharia
Dr. Atishay Bukharia


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