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Needlestick Injuries

Needlestick injuries refer to penetration of the skin by a needle or a sharp object that has been in contact with blood, tissue, or other body parts before exposure. It is otherwise known as percutaneous injury. These needlestick injuries can lead to the transmission of blood-borne diseases.

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I touched a used needle, now feeling sick. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I work for a company where there is one person who is a diabetic. He uses regular insulin injections. Well, I was not paying attention when I picked up the trash can because it fell over, and I touched a used needle. I know I did not get pricked because it did not pierce my skin. I als...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The risk of infection from needlestick injuries depends on: The factors that influence exposure to a greater volume of blood (for example: visible blood on the device, needle which has been placed directly into an artery or a vein of an HIV positive person). Viral...  Read Full »

Can I get infected with HIV easily from a needlestick?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had my blood tests done a few months back. But I have a fear that they are using used needles instead of fresh needles. I have a fear that I can get HIV infection due to this. What to do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. You do not need to be afraid. New needles are disposed of after use. Concerning an incident of needlestick injuries, the patient will be infected after 24 hours without prophylaxis if the needle is used for HIV patients. Hope you find it ...  Read Full »

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