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Acupuncture Needlestick: possible exposure?

Hi Dr. Bob!I am a practicing acupuncturist in the Philippines. I understand that the danger of needlestick transmission of HIV comes from the fact that blood is preserved in the hollow of syringe needles. Acupuncture needles, on the other hand,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Stylostixist,I agree with the advice you received. Your HIV risk would be negligible at best. However, if you are worried, a single three-month rapid HIV test would give you a definitive result in as few as 20 minutes.Thanks for your donation... Read more »

Help needlestick!

Hello Dr. I read on your profile that you, yourself got HIV from an occupational exposure, and for... Read more »

Re:Dr. Wohl on needlestick

The ER Doc took a look at the needle and said that since she got stuck with the end of the needle... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Most Surgical Residents Fail to Report Needle-Stick Injuries, Increasing Risk of HIV, Other Bloodborne Diseases, Study Says

Almost all surgical residents accidentally stick themselves with needles or other sharp medical instruments but most fail to report the injury, increasing their risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis or other bloodborne diseases from infected patients,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Love the Glove: Glove Use in Hospitals Appears to Cut Risk of Needlestick Injury

Wearing gloves reduces the risk of injury by needles and sharp medical devices, or sharps injuries, by about 66 percent, according to a new study by Canadian and U.S. researchers. Double-gloving brought the risk down further, by about 80 percent. ... Read more »
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

Hepatitis C: A Closer Look

Many people living with HIV must deal with not only one virus, but also with a co-traveler: hepatitis C virus (HCV), which infects liver cells. For some, the liver is only slightly damaged since it is able to make new cells and bounce back. But for... Read more »
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Safer Needle Devices: Protecting Health Care Workers

Contents Acronyms and Abbreviations Purpose of this Packet Epidemiology of Needlestick Injuries Occupational Risk of Needlestick Injuries Occupational Risk of Hepatitis B Occupational Risk of Hepatitis C Occupational Risk of HIV ... Read more »
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needlestick injury (medical worker)

Posted by frankie78, 1 Reply
I know my risk is extremely low, but the more reassurance I get, the better I feel. I work for a medical device reprocessing company and we collect single used devices from the operating room. I was picking up a container one day and a syringe (that... Read more »

Possible Needlestick Injury

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

About 9-10 weeks ago I had a possible needlestick exposure. 6 weeks later I began experiencing unexplainable symptoms - I understand this is a little late for symptoms to show.

It's another 3-4 weeks before I can conclusively test so I am hoping... Read more »

needlestick question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Do persons infected via needlestick take longer to seroconvert than persons infected in other ways? Also, do IV drug users take longer to seroconvert because they are drug users or because of the way in which they were infected? Does the 13 week... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Dr. Frascino himself has AIDS. In 1991 he was working at his own practice as an HIV specialist and was infected while treating a patient. The patient jerked during a procedure, and the laceration stick Frascino was holding penetrated his glove and... Read more »