What is accidental needle stick?

Accidental Needle Stick

What are the risks if you get an accidental needle stick?

Many people worry about getting a disease like hepatitis or HIV from an accidental needle stick. But it doesn't happen often. Most of the time, the person on whom the needle was used doesn't have hepatitis, HIV, or another infection that can be spread that way.

When the person does have an infection that can be spread, your risk level if you are accidentally stuck by the needle depends on:

  • How much infected blood you are exposed to.
  • How much virus is in the blood. Some people with viral infections have more of the virus in their blood than others do.

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