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Does Hiv Spread By Sharing Contaminated Needles

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4 year olds contact with contaminated needle in Doctor's office

My 4 year old reached his hand into a large UNCOVERED container used to dispose of contaminated needles at a allergy doctor's office(stored on the floor). I was completing the chart and unaware of his activity. When I looked up he was holding...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Needlestick injuries to children from inappropriately discarded needles are unfortunately not uncommon. Of course, the risk of transmission of HIV from a needle depends on whether the needle was previously used by an HIV-infected person. Even if the... Read more »

sharing of needles

Hi Dr. once day I share a syringe with my friend (which is not hiv negative) to taking the drug.(its my first time to taking drug and sharing needle with another person) after taking drug my friend told me that he perform unprotected sex with a...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Hi, thanks for your question.The simple answer to your immediate question is, no, you are not at risk from acquiring HIV if your friend was only exposed 2 days prior. It takes several days for the virus to get into his blood stream.The longer... Read more »

HIV contamination question

so i have a question that might be a little strange but its been bothering me so bad. I went to eat with a friend who is HIV and after we ate, I had touched her glass/eating utensils/plates/napkins as I was helping her put them away. I also touched...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiYou can not get HIV from touching an inanimate object. Transmission of HIV from a contaminated surface would require massive exposure to blood or other infected liquid for a prolonged period of time. Also once HIV leaves the body it begins to to... Read more »

sharing needles

I shared a needle like an idiot. She claims to be clean, I'm going to get tested. But does this mean I automatically have hepatitis? We washed the needle out with water and an alcohol swab. I realize how big of a mistake it was but what now?...
Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Brown University
Sharing a needle does not automatically mean that you have hepatitis. There are several different types of viral hepatitis. Hepatitis C is the infection most commonly acquired due to sharing needles and other equipment used to inject drugs (cotton,... Read more »
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GETTING INJECTED WITH A CONTAMINATED NEEDLE . HELP

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I went to donate blood on may 9. They had only 2 nurses and a receptionist at the front desk. Since there were 2 people before that were donating already, and only 2 nurses, the receptionist took my temperature, blood pressure and pulse and also... Read more »

Important: share your take on Living With HIV

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 1 Reply

Hi,

There are a lot of people out there today spreading the idea that living with HIV is now just "a piece of cake", "no worse than living with diabetes", and so forth. As a result, the urgency to fund research into the development of a vaccine and... Read more »

Important: share YOUR take on Living With HIV.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird

Hi,

There are a lot of people out there today spreading the idea that living with HIV is now just "a piece of cake", "no worse than living with diabetes", and so forth. As a result, the urgency to fund research into the development of a vaccine and... Read more »

Important: Share YOUR take on Living With HIV.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird

Hi,

There are a lot of people out there today spreading the idea that living with HIV is now just "a piece of cake", "no worse than living with diabetes", and so forth. As a result, the urgency to fund research into the development of a vaccine and... Read more »