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A 52-year-old male asked:

i was accidently poked by a used lancing device for diabetes tester saw no blood.what are the chances of contracting hiv or hepatatis b or c .

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Slim to none: There has been no documented cases of HIV contracted from a needle stick like you describe. If you know the person who used the needle and they are not HIV positive then you definitely have no concerns

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