I have this underlying fear of being poked by a needle. At our hospital, it seemed like a good number of patients had HCV or HIV and I've seen alot of seasoned docs get poked. I know the rate of transmission is low but I am afraid. Once you got it, you got it! The gift that keeps on giving. Today I got splashed in the face with lidocaine that came out through the skin. I didnt do anything right away but then I started getting anxious and went to occupational health and had to get tested after the case then had to call the attending to get patient's consent. Patient already left the hospital. It set off so many alarms that I was ready to quit anything surgical right then and there. AIDS for nothing? I rather get it from having sex. You know? go out with a bang! Has anyone else given this some thought? I figure I might be safe in radiology or anesthesiology, where there is a more control environment of needles and stuff.