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I am scared that during a routine physical I had some blood taken for lab work, I did not pay attention to whether or not the lab tech used a clean needle. I have OCD and I cannot stop obsessing over this issue. I am ultimately convinced that I have...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
You have succeeded in truly frightening yourself, and I honestly don't know what I could say that would reduce your anxiety. Yes, the 1 in 500 figure is roughly accurate, as I understand it. A health professional with a box full of fresh... Read more »

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I heard that you can get Hepatitis C from a needle that you use over and over. Even if you do not... Read more »

Poked with a dirty Needle and worried sick

On Feb. 22nd i was cleaning out a room that my uncle lived in, He has been incarcerated for the... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Prisoners Sharing More Than Dirty Needles

The recent National Prison Entrants' Blood-Borne Virus Survey found that 34 percent of Australian prisoners are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), compared to 1 percent of the general community. The report showed that 56 percent of injecting... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Massachusetts: Officials Eye State Dirty Needle Deal

While local needle exchange programs (NEPs) throughout the state are serving more clients every year, a measure is being considered in the Massachusetts Senate that would legalize non-prescription sales of hypodermic needles in pharmacies. In 2004,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Research Suggests Dirty Needles Bigger Cause of African AIDS Than Thought

The World Health Organization's long-held position that dirty needles cause 2.5 percent of African HIV exposures is actually "conservative," said a leading researcher at WHO, prompting questions about a global AIDS bill focused mainly on unsafe sex.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Dirty Needles Spreading Hepatitis C in Jail

To stem what it decries as the "rampant" tide of hepatitis C infections in Australian prisons, the prisoner advocacy group Justice Action is calling for the creation of needle-exchange programs. In its latest prison newspaper, Just Us, the group... Read more »
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purposely infected by nurse with dirty needle

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
The nurse in my doctor office is a crazy murderer she purposely used a dirty neddle to infect me because I complained to the doctor about her habit not to wear gloves or whash her hands.My test is ready but the specialist has not call back yet ,I... Read more »

Needle Stories

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HIV Needle-Stick Rumors Still Thriving Online

Rumors of recent needle-stick incidents in Dallas and Denver, plus copycat pranks in Virginia



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Dirty needlestick at work. Pregnant. Worried sick.

Posted by Nurse1986, 2 Replies
On 12/19 I stuck myself with a dirty needle after giving an IM injection. The patient is a teenager with no "high risks" and agreed to an hiv test. After three agonizing days; his test came back negative. I mentioned this to my OB and she said I... Read more »

Dirty Toilet Rim Water in Eye

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I was recently went to a unisex toilet, and somehow managed to have some water splash from the rim into my eye. The rim was pretty dirty but didn't have any noticeable blood, but it could have had other body fluids on it. What is the risk here? I... Read more »