Girl, 7, to face HIV test

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A seven-year-old girl is to have an HIV test after being jabbed by a used hypodermic needle as she made sandcastles on a beach. The girl, from Wales, was playing on the crowded sands at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on Tuesday when she was pricked in a leg. Her mother took her to hospital where she was examined and given antibiotics and doctors advised about HIV and other tests.

The mother said the syringe was complete except that part of the needle had been broken off. "Doctors found a puncture wound in my daughter's leg but we don't know exactly how far the needle went in or if it just scratched her."