A resident cleaning up leaves at the Langone Park bocce courts had to spend a night at Mass. General after being pricked by a discarded needle Monday evening, City Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) said today.
LaMattina added the resident will have to undergo an HIV test in a month.
LaMattina spoke during a discussion on how to train children to avoid getting pricked by needles in city parks.
Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale), said a two-person city needle team has recovered 5,000 discarded needles so far this year. McCarthy began discussions on teaching after a girl was pricked by a needle at Iacono Playground in Readville in July.
McCarthy said widespread availability of needles has helped slow the spread of communicable diseases, such as AIDS - but at the cost of needles winding up all over the place.