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Insomina on foreign trip. Can I be a victim to unsafe injection?

I recently went on holiday to Turkey and had a bout of insomnia while I was there. I called for a doctor from the hotel reception and they called one for me. He came and gave me a diazepam injection . It worked fine but the next moment I had suspicions he used a dirty needle as they are common practice in Turkey. The following week, I felt fatigue , dizziness, headaches and feeling of unbalance. Not to mention a mouth ulcer or 2. Is it possible that this doctor used an unsafe needle and injected me with a virus or disease of some sort? If this is unlikely, what could it be?
Mon, 1 Apr 2019
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hello,

There can be the possibility of the unsafe needle or not, the only surety can be given by the consultant who gave the injection.

To be sure you can opt for the standard 4th generation HIV lab test to detect any possible HIV infection, hepatitis B surface antigen test if at all present or not.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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Insomina on foreign trip. Can I be a victim to unsafe injection?

Hello, There can be the possibility of the unsafe needle or not, the only surety can be given by the consultant who gave the injection. To be sure you can opt for the standard 4th generation HIV lab test to detect any possible HIV infection, hepatitis B surface antigen test if at all present or not. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon