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

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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