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Lancets Used For Hiv Testing

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Re-used Lancet for HIV Test!!! Transmission Risk

I went for a rapid HIV test today. The guy who pricked my finger actually took a lancet that was on the table already. After he pricked my finger HE PLACED THE LANCET BACK IN THE SPOT ON THE TABLE WHERE HE TOOK IT instead of discarding it! And he...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
Hello there-HIV does not live well outside of the human body and within a minutes time, the virus starts to die, leaving it unable to infect someone. That being said, a needle stick is a needle stick. And if you have true concern that the needle was... Read more »

lancet and test risk

Hello my son and I went to an hiv testing site so i could get tested There was a biohazard box on... Read more »

Reused lancet at test site?

Dear Dr Bob,First let me praise you for you work here. I have learned much from this website. The... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases Publish HIV/AIDS-Related Articles

The most recent issues of the journals Lancet and Lancet Infectious Diseases included articles related to HIV/AIDS issues. Headlines appear below. Lancet "Confessions of a Condom Lover " (Shelton, Lancet , 12/2). "Does the World Need... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

ARTs Safe Without Routine Lab Tests, Lancet Study Finds

A Lancet study published online Tuesday validates the safety of administering first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) to patients with HIV without routine toxicity and efficacy lab tests, "[b]ut tests of immune-system function might still be a... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Lancet Examines Status of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment Programs in Uganda

The Lancet on Saturday examined the Ugandan government's HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs, as well as the country's "condom crisis" that "seems to be reversing the country's fortunes" in reducing HIV prevalence. Uganda has a... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Lancet Series Article Calls for Changes to Approach to Fighting HIV-Associated TB

"The advent of ART [antiretroviral therapy] has been the most important event in tuberculosis control since the epidemic of HIV-associated tuberculosis began. However, the full potential of ART, in combination with HIV testing, tuberculosis... Read more »
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poked with a dirty lancet that had hiv

Posted by worriedmommy, 1 Reply
i am worried sick i was poked by a very mean person who has hiv am i am worried sick can u catch via a lancet Read more »

Lancets

Posted by hello123, 1 Reply
Where can I buy lancets? I went to the pharmacy today and they only had the kind that you put into a machine. I need ones that you can use by themselves. Home Access counselor told me to buy lancets or try to cut myself shaving. I tried cutting... Read more »

sugar lancet

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I went to my basement in my building shoeless. I stepped on a lancet, the ones that are use to check blood sugar. It's a tiny needle, but it did pierce my skin. Is this a risk. I didn't think so cause it was proabably on the floor for a while ... Read more »

What type of HIV Test is more Reliable?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My doctor is going to draw some blood on Thursday because I am pregnant and she does all type of pre-natal testing. I may be at risk due to sharing a lancet with someone who is gay but I don't know if he is HIV (see "Am I At Risk" post below). ... Read more »