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Author Topic: Needlestick Injuries  (Read 1976 times)

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Offline willnot1

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Needlestick Injuries
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:43:31 PM »

I have seen several times in this forum people saying that when hiv is transmitted between two people who have shared a needle, the needle is shared almost immediately and the infected blood remaining in the needle is injected directly into the bloodstream of the second person. In other words there is minor risk (or no risk) for people getting needlestick from random needles thrown in the park or on the beach.

Recently I saw these study which details an experiment done by a group of researchers from Yale University regarding HIV and hepatitis C survival in used syringes. The outcome of this study suggests that HIV virus may stay infectious within the used syringes longer than what we thought. From what I remember the virus would be infectious fro around a week in some syringes. The link to this study is:


Now my question is that, have our experts in this forum seen or aware of this study and do we need to change the risk assessment for the needlestick injuries and the possibility of infection this way according to this research?


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Re: Needlestick Injuries
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 09:39:18 PM »
You are talking about two totally different viruses. This forum is HIV specific and you do not contracting HIV from just a needle stick.

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Re: Needlestick Injuries
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2011, 08:16:55 AM »

No, we don't need to change a thing. The hiv needle experiments they were talking about occurred in the late 1990's - nothing new to see here. You have to understand that these experiments in NO WAY replicated what happens in real life. There have been thousands of things that have been proven to work in vitro (in a test-tube), that do not work in vivo (in the body or in real life). This is one of them.

We will continue to say that there is no hiv risk from needles lying around.

As for hep C, it is a much more robust virus and we've known that for years. There are FAR more people living with hep C worldwide than hiv because of this. If you want to know more about hep C, visit a hep C website or speak to your doctor.

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