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Can you contract HIV from being stuck by a ball point pen?
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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Danielle Jones
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Highly unlikely
Depends on where the pen had been but this would be a highly unlikely event.

In brief: Highly unlikely
Depends on where the pen had been but this would be a highly unlikely event.
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu
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