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is it possible to contract hiv or hepatitis from a used needle?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes, possible: Yes, it is possible to contract HIV and/or Hepatitis B or C if you are sharing used needles with someone who already has these infections. This is one of the ways HIV and hepatitis are contracted. The other way is through unprotected sex. Would recommend that you get tested for HIV and Hepatitis B & C if you are sharing used needles.

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