[Question #7182] Staple prick from food delivery

6 months ago

I have searched the responses for a similar situations and I have found that staple pricks are not a meaningful risks for HIV or other blood borne diseases because they are not hollow inside.  My situation is this:

I had food delivered to my home and while opening the package I stabbed my finger on a staple from the wrapping package. I opened it within less than a minute from the delivery, so if the delivery guy stabbed his finger in the same staple, is the short time between exposures a meaningful factor here to increase my risk? Thanks in advance for your response.

H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
6 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

Correct that non-hollow sharp intruments rarely if ever transmit HIV. You would be at little or no risk even if there were fresh blood on the staple -- i.e. still wet blood, and in sufficient amount that you would see obvious blood on it and probably on the package. And anyway, what are the odds the delivery person was injured by the same staple? Or the odds that he happened to have HIV.

Nobody in the world has ever acquired HIV by injury or blood exposure outside a hospital or other health care setting. Or maybe rarely with veyr large blood exposure, e.g. in helping the victim of a traffic accident or gunshot wound. For sure nobody has been infected from an event such as you describe.

So all is well:  no risk, no worry, no need for testing-- and if you have a regular sex partner, you can safely continue normal relations.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.