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Hep C Transmission Insulin Needle Nurses

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Hep C Transmission via subcutaneous needlestick

I am a nurse and today I was giving my patient an insulin injection (using an insulin syringe..probably 25-27 gauge). I gave the injection and removed the needle when it pricked my left pointer finger. I was wearing gloves, so I immediately pushed...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...service right away. It is hard to give any firm numbers of course, but I think the risk of HCV infection is low because the needle went into subcutaneous tissue and the needle gauge is small. However, the risk is not zero so you need follow-up... Read more »

Transmission of Hep C? (HEPATITIS C TRANSMISSION VIA SALIVA, 2010)

Dr., I so appreciate your honesty and yet I feel you are a bit naive. Transmission is a lot more... Read more »

Accidental Spit in Eye (Hep C) (HEPATITIS C TRANSMISSION)

I have the same question as asked in "blood tainted saliva in eye" asked by another visitor, but my... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Detachable Needles on Syringes Promote Hepatitis C Transmission, Study Says

...Infections, Yale University School of Medicine researchers will present a study, reportedly the first of its kind, of the viability of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in used syringes. When shared among injecting drug users, syringes with detachable... Read more »
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HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection

... Are you HIV positive and newly diagnosed with hepatitis C (Hep C)?Do you have one virus and think youmight be infected with the other? If so, this brochure answers somebasic questions Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This Won't Hurt a Bit; Researchers Are Developing Painless Alternatives to Needles

...patients to receive injectable medicines without needle sticks -- reducing the chance of spreading blood-borne diseases like HIV or hepatitis C and eliminating the need for doctors and nurses to administer the treatments. A team from Emory... 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 Read more »

But I bleached the needles........

Posted by starbright4876, 4 Replies
...I was a big dummy for a long time.Since I was 18(now 29)I have had many,many unprotected sexual encounters,shared needles,pipes,equipment,ect. All of my hiv tests were NEG.I was scared and happy each and everytime! So,After 18 months of absolute... Read more »

ATTN Moderator re: needle stick

Posted by notsosmart
...Please block needle sticks IP address. Read more »

Needles

Posted by Anonymous
...No I was jw if it is possible or if anyone has heard of it before ? sitting on needles ? Read more »