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Reused Needle Risk Of Getting HIV

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Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Injection Drug Use

What Is the Risk? How Can Transmission Be Prevented? Injection Drugs & Hepatitis Needle Exchange Programs Drugs, Sex and HIV Transmission What Is the Risk? It is well documented that people who share syringes are at risk of being infected with HIV. Sharing syringes allows a direct exchange of blood from one person's body into the bloodstream of another and is one of the most efficient ways to spread blood-borne...
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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 I am perhaps just crazy and NOT HIV positive! However, I just wanted to run this by you once more in hopes that you will be able to answer this...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,My opinion (which, by the way, is always honest!) is that your initial conclusion that your fears were "highly irrational thinking" is right on target! Syringes are not reused. Your risk is nonexistent. Whatever is causing your... Read more »

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 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 »

needle reused

I recently went to a health department nearby for a HIV/STD test. Since then, i have been convinced that the woman doing the test did not use a new needle. I'm not exactly sure why I feel this way but I hate looking at needles and I didn't...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,What should you do in the meantime? How about psychiatric/psychological counseling for your completely irrational and totally unwarranted HIV fears. Health departments do not reuse needles! Period. It's a "health" department, not a... Read more »
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Reuse of slipped off condom during withdrawal Please HELP!!!!!!!

Posted by Noctis_21, 2 Replies
Any of these risks?

I had sex about a month ago and one in December I think, both protected but wondering if there were risks in my actions. The first encounter I gave her oral only for like 20 seconds and had scabs on the corner of my finger. and... Read more »

Unprotected Insertive Dipping and Reusing Condom..

Posted by MiamiLat, 1 Reply
Hello to all!
I haven't been on the site for some time. However, I had the following incident last night:
After rimming another male's ass for a while, I proceeded to rub my penis outside his anus and dipped it inside twice for a few seconds before... 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 »

REuse of a slipped off condom on withdrawal

Posted by Noctis_21
Any of these are risks?


I had sex about a month ago and one in December I think, both protected but wondering if there were risks in my actions. The first encounter I gave her oral only for like 20 seconds and had scabs on the corner of my finger.... Read more »