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A 16-year-old member asked:

can you contract hiv from being stuck by a ball point pen?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jonesanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Possible, Unlikely: A vast majority of HIV transmissions occur via unprotected sexual relations & sharing needles. Hiv is transmitted by infected bodily fluid coming into contact w/open wounds. In theory a pen contaminated w/infected bodily fluids could transmit HIV if it contacted/created an open wound. This scenario would be very unlikely. Anyone who thinks they've had direct contact w/hiv should request testing.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Highly unlikely: Depends on where the pen had been but this would be a highly unlikely event.

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