Can You Contract HIV From A Used Insulin Needle

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What are my chances of having HIV

On 12/17/2010 I had a needle stick on my finger.I am a nurse at a clinic and I was going to demo for a patient how to use insulin and accidentally got stuck with a needle someone left without a cap in the insulin demo kit.We were using the same...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...rheumatological studies are also somewhat confusing; however, I do not believe you have a problem with delayed antibody production.Routine HIV screening following an occupational exposure involves HIV-antibody testing immediately and at six... Read more »

Thank you

I am writing to thank you. Without your site I would have really lost it and every time I felt worried I read over your response to remind myself to stop thinking irrational thoughts. I wrote to you 1/17/10 regarding a needle stick at work. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Thanks for the update! Continue to follow up periodically with your rheumatologist. I'm absolutely certain any and all follow-up HIV tests (even the unwarranted ones) will continue to be negative. I'm delighted you resumed breastfeeding.Be... Read more »

Should I worry??

Hi Dr Bob! First, I have to just tell you I think you are super-magnificent! The work you do is awesome. And I also find so much comfort in your opinions. I know my question might not pertain to a large group of users here, but I cannot find...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...super magnificent? Wow, is that anything like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Just wondering.I agree with your doctor! Your HIV-acquisition risk from this presumed occupational exposure is negligible at best. PEP was not warranted. A... Read more »

Stepped on a Needle on A Beach and Get Infected

Dear Dr. Bob,I am 64, married, and have been positive for over 14 years. I was infected in a most bizarre fashion....I stepped on a hypo needle on a Florida beach. I started on Crixivan and Combivir 13 years ago, and am still on them. CD4 is 1300...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,ContractingHIV from stepping on a discarded hypodermic needle is indeed a very rare occurrence. With your normal CD4 count and undetectable Read more »
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