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Does HIV spread through washed syringe not needle?


I went to hospital to consult the doctor for headache, there I noticed the doctor has not injected me with the new syringe but he removed the needle alone then sucked the syringe with water then dropped the water out after that as usual he absorbed the medicine then injected into me.



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you are asking about the chance of HIV acquisition through a cleaned but potentially shared syringe. From the information given, this scenario is considered low risk (evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met), as sharing syringes/needles can potentially share bodily fluids in an oxygen-tight vessel (the syringe). This is a very unusual scenario and is against Canadian practices, each patient should always receive a clean needle for injections. Report any unsafe practices to the local health authority. A doctor not following strict hygiene and sterilisation between patients is considered malpractice and puts the doctor at risk of losing their license and/or facing a lawsuit.

Recommendation: Speak to a physician about seeking an HIV test.

Thank you and have a good day!

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sara