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can reusing a lancing device transmit hiv?

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Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha

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Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 in HIV and AIDS
Question: can reusing a lancing device transmit hiv?
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
can reusing a lancing device transmit hiv?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
You only you are using it there is practically no chance of external HIV

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for using the Ask a Doctor service.

If you are using a lancet for yourself, you can feel free to use it any number of times and there would be no chance to transmit HIV unless anyone else has also used the same lancet. In case you are reusing a lancet used by someone else whose HIV status is unknown, there is indeed a minimal chance of transmission of HIV in case that person is HIV positive. However, the chance is still minimal because the amount of blood that is likely to remain on the lancet is extremely negligible.

Feel free to write back.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
You only you are using it there is practically no chance of external HIV

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for using the Ask a Doctor service.

If you are using a lancet for yourself, you can feel free to use it any number of times and there would be no chance to transmit HIV unless anyone else has also used the same lancet. In case you are reusing a lancet used by someone else whose HIV status is unknown, there is indeed a minimal chance of transmission of HIV in case that person is HIV positive. However, the chance is still minimal because the amount of blood that is likely to remain on the lancet is extremely negligible.

Feel free to write back.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 7 minutes later
Ok doc. How about if the lancet needle is new but the lancet device ( the pricker) is reused by a hiv+ before me, am i at risk?
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Ok doc. How about if the lancet needle is new but the lancet device ( the pricker) is reused by a hiv+ before me, am i at risk?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
No risk

Detailed Answer:
If the lancet is new but the lancing device has been used earlier by other people, you have no reason to worry about HIV transmission.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
No risk

Detailed Answer:
If the lancet is new but the lancing device has been used earlier by other people, you have no reason to worry about HIV transmission.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 2 hours later
Ok. So only the lancet needle can transmit hiv doc? If given, it was already used.
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Ok. So only the lancet needle can transmit hiv doc? If given, it was already used.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Only the needles matter

Detailed Answer:
Yes, only the needles matter (provided that you are not using a lancing device visibly soaked in blood).

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Only the needles matter

Detailed Answer:
Yes, only the needles matter (provided that you are not using a lancing device visibly soaked in blood).

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 14 hours later
Ok doc. Lastly, so given the situation, i could have peace of mind that im not in any way infected? Does dry blood a risk for transmission as well?
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Ok doc. Lastly, so given the situation, i could have peace of mind that im not in any way infected? Does dry blood a risk for transmission as well?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
No need to worry

Detailed Answer:
Yes, in the given situation you can rest in peace.

Dry blood is unlikely to transmit HIV.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
No need to worry

Detailed Answer:
Yes, in the given situation you can rest in peace.

Dry blood is unlikely to transmit HIV.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 1 hour later
Thank you doc. Im just worried because i still have symptoms of itchy throat, dry eyes, on off chills and fatigue up until now. I had cbc and it was normal.
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Thank you doc. Im just worried because i still have symptoms of itchy throat, dry eyes, on off chills and fatigue up until now. I had cbc and it was normal.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Possibly just a viral infection with an allergic component

Detailed Answer:
Possibly just a viral infection with an allergic component. No need to worry.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Possibly just a viral infection with an allergic component

Detailed Answer:
Possibly just a viral infection with an allergic component. No need to worry.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 15 hours later
Ok doc it has been 2months already. Does allergic — lasts more than this?
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
Ok doc it has been 2months already. Does allergic — lasts more than this?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 14 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Unrelated

Detailed Answer:
The allergic reaction is possibly unrelated. It can last a while but clinical examination is needed.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Unrelated

Detailed Answer:
The allergic reaction is possibly unrelated. It can last a while but clinical examination is needed.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 6 hours later
Ok doc so this is not symptoms of early hiv symptoms or ARS?
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Ok doc so this is not symptoms of early hiv symptoms or ARS?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 18 hours later
Brief Answer:
Unlikely

Detailed Answer:
I don't think so.

However, just to clear your apprehension you can feel free to get a HIV test done.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Unlikely

Detailed Answer:
I don't think so.

However, just to clear your apprehension you can feel free to get a HIV test done.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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