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Hiv transmission risk with a used needle new syringe recently took a b12 injection bit nurse changed needle needle was looking clean

Hiv transmission risk with a used needle new syringe recently took a b12 injection bit nurse changed needle needle was looking clean

Unclear info: Sharing needles is a know risk factor for HIV, if one of the users has HIV. If the nurse used a new needle for the injection, there is no risk. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can lab technician infect anyone with HIV during blood drawing procedure by using infected needle?

Can lab technician infect anyone with HIV during blood drawing procedure by using infected needle?

Maybe in the...: Maybe in the movies or mystery novels. In real life, no lab technician is walking around with an HIV-infected needle waiting to use it on somebody else. Safety protocols are followed every time, all the time. That means needles are single-use, and a lab technician need not take a single step while holding a used needle, because he or she always has a needle-disposal container right there. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV with sewing needle prick open wound 24 hours old that contacts to gas pump which has blood on it?

Can you get HIV with sewing needle prick open wound 24 hours old that contacts to gas pump which has blood on it?

Please get help: A sewing needle prick is sealed by platelets within seconds and fibrin within a few minutes. Blood isn't going to get through. Hiv is a wimpy virus and won't survive on a gas pump. Zebra, you deserve better from life than to continue to suffer from these obsessive, fantastical, utterly-unrealistic fears. Please get with your physician and ask about mental health care. It will help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could getting stabbed by a used insulin needle cause hiv?

Could getting stabbed by a used insulin needle cause hiv?

HIV: This is possible, but the needle would have had to been used by an hiv+ individual and you would then have had to have used it very shortly thereafter. If there is a major question in your mind you should be receiving prophylaxis and being tested for HIV with pcr for viral rna. Go and see someone with expertise in this area. Good luck and hope all is well. ...Read more

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Would a pin prick cut from pointy scissors with vcjd contaminated blood on them be infectious?

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Would a pin prick cut from pointy scissors with vcjd contaminated blood on them be infectious?

Yes, need follow up: Vcjd, or variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease is a prion based disease belonging to the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that result in progressive neurologic deficits. The incubation period for transmission of vcjd by blood transfusion to the development of the disease is 6-8 years after blood transfusion. Since there is no treatment, you should see a neurologist for follow up. ...Read more

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Blood draw fromButterfly needle with clean tube attachedat Clininc ,wanted to know hiv dies once dried inside needle ? HIV would die within minutes ?

Blood draw fromButterfly needle with clean tube attachedat Clininc ,wanted to know hiv dies once dried inside needle ? HIV would die within minutes ?

No risk, no worry: It is very unlikely the clinic reuses butterfly needles to draw blood. HIV probably can survive many hours in blood inside a needle. But because needles are not reused, this doesn't matter. As you probably know, medical care in Pakistan often is very sophisticated. But even in developing countries, HIV is rarely if ever caught by having blood drawn or by other needles or injections. No worries! ...Read more

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Needle prick pain in finger tips?

Needle prick pain in finger tips?

Needle prick pain: If mostly on thumb index and middle finger it could be carpal tunnel syndrome. If you're diabetic and present on all fingers it could be neuropathy. ...Read more

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Superficial scratch by a tailor pin, any blood borne virus risk?

Superficial scratch by a tailor pin, any blood borne virus risk?

No problem: In real life, things like that happen every day and are not a worry. Just use common sense, and wash when truly needed. Life is full of uncertainties, and a person cannot live if she worries about all of the potential little day-to-day occurrences. As they say, "Don't sweat the small stuff." ...Read more

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4hiv specialist. 4 HIV infection from blood receipent cut on hand should be deep or can be wirh superficial cut n large blood or 1 infected drop enoug?

4hiv specialist. 4 HIV infection from blood receipent cut on hand should be deep or can be wirh superficial cut n large blood or 1 infected drop enoug?

Nit picking science: Of course one drop is 'enough'. Why do you keep asking this? If you have an exposure if you act within 72 hours the infection can be prevented. This is no time to be sitting at home and worrying. What is the real story here? ...Read more

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I had a needle stick at work and needle stick after giving insulin Person has history of Herpes simlex ?

I had a needle stick at work and needle stick after giving insulin Person has history of Herpes simlex ?

Was event reported?: First, your place of employment should have a standard needlestick protocol. Any place that provides healthcare and utilizes needles should have a guideline or procedure for event response. Regarding herpes simplex, unless you are placing injections in the oral or genital region, the risk is very low of contracting HSV infection as a result of the stick. You should be safe with that regard. ...Read more

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Reuse of anti rabies vaccine syringe causes HIV? is vaccine small needle syringe is auto disable or reusable? if HIV how many days after HIV testing

Reuse of anti rabies vaccine syringe causes HIV? is vaccine small needle syringe is auto disable or reusable? if HIV how many days after HIV testing

Disposable...: I can only speak for the vaccines in the USA; however, here all vaccines are given with disposable needles that are not reused. I'd imagine that in your country, that is also the case - or at least the needles are sterilized before being used again so that risk of transmission of blood borne illnesses is negligible. ...Read more

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Is HIV transmission possible when you prick yourself with a nail, right after an infected person gets pricked by it?

Is HIV transmission possible when you prick yourself with a nail, right after an infected person gets pricked by it?

Yes, and...: You know, and I know, that this isn't a credible scenario. I've spent a lifetime around nails and accidental sticks are very uncommon. I believe that you injected drugs with a freshly-used needle and are now concerned, as you well should be. Phone your physician now and ask about post-exposure prophylaxis. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from dried blood on a latent needle used to test blood sugars?.

Can you get HIV from dried blood on a latent needle used to test blood sugars?.

Probably not: The cases in which HIV has been transmitted by needle have been from needles just withdrawn from HIV-positive patients' blood. I would be surprised if drying did not kill this very fragile virus. Having said this, anyone who uses a needle that may be contaminated is playing an extremely unwise game with their health for other reasons. This needs to stop and if applicable, law enforcement notified. ...Read more

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Went 2 an acupuncturist in singapore who went 2 deep w/a needle, hitting the ulnar nerve. Neuropathy symptoms since. Can such a needle pierce a nerve?

Went 2 an acupuncturist in singapore who went 2 deep w/a needle, hitting the ulnar nerve. Neuropathy symptoms since. Can such a needle pierce a nerve?

See a Neurologist: Yes, any sharp object can injure nerves but the thinner the needle the less the injury. I would be concerned about the sterility of the needle also being an issue. You should see a neurologist for an evaluation and an emg/nct examination. If you already had ulnar nerve symptoms prior to the treatment then the acupuncture treatment may be a coincidental or only an aggravating factor. ...Read more

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Saw blood draw where site was touched with unwashed finger and then not sterilized with alcohol swab. If new needle was used, is patient at high risk?

Saw blood draw where site was touched with unwashed finger and then not sterilized with alcohol swab. If new needle was used, is patient at high risk?

Not high risk.: I'm bothered by the fact that good sterile technique was not employed in this blood draw, it seems, and the chance that some bacteria came along for the ride with the needle exists. That being said, I'd think the chance of actual blood borne infection is small, in the absence of some immunosuppressing condition, with one such blood draw. ...Read more

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Can any diseases be transmitted via pin pricks? I teach sewing and often prick myself with student's pins in which they have pricked themselves with.

Can any diseases be transmitted via pin pricks? I teach sewing and often prick myself with student's pins in which they have pricked themselves with.

Unlikely but possibl: There are blood borne diseases that can be spread by anything with infected blood that penetrates your skin. There are a lot of studies that assess that risk, and solid needles are very unlikely to spread disease. It is still important to not expose yourself to that risk. Keep in mind that the pins would have to penetrate deep enough to draw blood to be infective. ...Read more

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Sewing needle prick wound with little blood after 24 hours, is there risky not cover the wound to touch things?

Tetanus shot: I hope that you are up to date on tetanus immunization. While the risk is remote, it is not a bad idea to get a booster shot of tetanus if your last dose was more then 10 years ago. Otherwise a needle prick would seal itself in a day or so. ...Read more