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A used insulin injection of an old diabetic man has the ability to transmit any disease?

I am a part-time caregiver for an elderly gentleman with diabetes and accidentally stuck myself with his syringe today right after giving him insulin . The main person in charge of his care, who is an LVN, and who is very knowledgable on his health status, says he is healthy and doesn t/hasn t had anything transmissible - do I need to worry? I squeezed it to make it bleed , then washed my hands.
Asked On : Wed, 2 Jan 2013
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Thanks for writing in.

You need to know whether the person has any disease that is transmissible by syringes. These include HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. If the elderly gentleman did not have these diseases you need not worry, if he has any of these I recommend you see your local doctor for post exposure prophylaxis for these diseases.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help

Dr. Om Lakhani
Consultant Diabetologist (online expert diabetes care
Answered: Fri, 4 Jan 2013
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