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Is Reused Needle Safe

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HIV from reused lancet/needle?

Hi Dr Shannon,About 1 and a half month ago I was tested for HIV. The test was negative and was supposedly to be conclusive. However after the testing, my happiness was short-lived. The thought of reused lancet/needle came into my mind. Even though I...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiAs someone who performs HIV testing using lancets, it is not impossible but highly improbable to reuse a lancet and really no reason to do this. There is a mechanism in the lancet to make it work. Then there is the reality of even if the lancet... Read more »

Pregnant- PEP? Re-use confirmed

Hi Dr. Bob,I called the lab and they told me they do reuseneedle holders at this lab. I'm... Read more »

Tattoo: Reused needle but inkless

My friend had a tattoo gun, there were about 7 who had used that same needle but all of them were... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nevada Doctor Says Vendor OK'd Needle Guide Reuse

In a half-page ad in Wednesday's Las Vegas Review-Journal, lawyers for Dr. Michael Kaplan said the urologist was following a vendor's instructions when he reused needle guides during biopsies. Kaplan ceased the practice "the moment a question... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Province Announces Program to Safely Dispose of Needles

On Wednesday, the Prince Edward Island government announced a new safe needle disposal program, titled "Don't Get Stuck." Free containers will be available for residents to safely dispose of syringes, needles, lancets, and EpiPens. The disposal bins... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Staying Safe: What People Who Inject Drugs Know About Preventing Hep C and HIV

People who borrow and lend drug injection equipment, including needles, are at risk of getting and passing on hepatitis C and HIV. However, there are people who have been injecting drugs for a long time who have managed to "stay safe" from hepatitis... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rhode Island: Doctor Sanctioned for Reusing Syringes

The Rhode Island Department of Health has sanctioned a doctor it says reused syringes, putting patients at risk for disease. Health officials said Dr. Augustus Marsella reused disposable syringes for vitamin B-12 injections, which he administered... Read more »
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I'm sure I'm safe here, but...

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I went to the doctor's office and had blood drawn today. I'm pretty sure I saw her take a new, capped needle out, but then looked away while she was putting gloves on, and didn't see what she used and how she put it together.

Now I didn't see any... Read more »

How Safe Is Safe?

Posted by dancin_man, 4 Replies
I am newly diagnosed gay male who is trying to navigate his way through dealing with this process. Obviously testing positive brings up a whole array of issues dealing with sex, and I wanted to use this forum to raise my issues/questions, and get... Read more »

your opinion on needle safety at std clinics

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
do you think that there is any possibility that a needle could be used twice? what precautions are taken so that this does not happen?

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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 »