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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can you pick up hep c or hiv from a pin prick? i teach sewing and often get pricked with sewing pins and i know my students prick themselves too.

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Dr. Scott Selinger
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Probably not: Most people who get HIV or hepatitis from needle sticks are using syringes which have a hollow bore. The chance of contracting a disease from a solid bore needle like the ones used for sewing, especially being so small, is incredibly low and almost zero. I don't believe there have ever been any reported cases of this happening.
Dr. Hermilando Payen
Pathology 56 years experience
I presume you are a non-hospital worker, so I basically agree.
Sep 19, 2013

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