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Purple Spots After Reused Needle Worried I Have HIV

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RE-USED NEEDLE??? (VICIOUS CYCLE OF HIV TESTING, 2010)

Dr. Bob, I have to say I feel SO unbelievably stupid asking this... but it's really, really been bothering me!! I got 2 HIV antibody tests done at 6 months post exposure, within about 2 weeks of each other. They both came back negative! But...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your fears are irrational and that's why you "feel so unbelievably stupid asking this . . . ." These types of fears are more common than you might anticipate. (See below.) My advice to you is exactly the same as my advice to others... Read more »

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... Read more »

Accidental reuse of needle during HIV testing?

Hi Dr. Bob,I've gone through the archives and have received some sort of comfort knowing that... 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

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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware: Senator Won't Quit on Needle Exchange

Delaware has the nation's fifth-highest HIV infection rate, and about 43 percent of the state's AIDS cases are attributed to IV drug use, compared with just 25 percent nationally. Delaware law requires a prescription to buy or possess a hypodermic... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Chair of Texas House Committee Vows to Block Needle-Exchange Legislation

The chair of the Texas House Public Health Committee has promised to prevent from reaching the House floor a bill (SB 127 ) that would legalize needle-exchange programs in the state, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Texas law allows people... Read more »
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weird purple spots!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
ive been poz for almost 2 years now. i havent been sick or anything but yesterday i noticed weird purple spots like bruises on my body, on my upper arms and on my legs near my knees. their small and they dont hurt but they look gross. i dont burise... Read more »

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 »

Purplish spot on arm

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have a purple spot on my arm-dime sized. It has been there for a while now. Is there anything but KS that can appear like that on skin? If I was exposed to HIV, it was over ten years ago. Never thought any contact with my last boyfriend was... Read more »

AM I stabbed by HIV needle ?

Posted by fat_cats
This is 2 weeks ago and now , I am very anxious , I can't sleep and cry a lot .The important point that I can't tell about it to my parents . Ok , I and my mom walked around the lake 2 weeks ago and stopped to have some ice creams . At that time ,... Read more »