Anonymous
hi
, i went today for a treatment to a local Dermatologist , before doing a small day care procedure , he gave ,me local anesthesia shots around 10 shots from same syringe , small shots at every place to be treated ( removal of blisters ), i didnt saw him filling anesthesia medicine in syringe .

i am worrying if that syringe was used before me on someone else , what are the chances of mine getting infected from HIV or any other STD

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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about possible syringe contamination by a dermatologist. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

In order for [HIV transmission](https://www.aidswindsor.org/healthy-me/hiv-transmission/) to occur, an individual who is of HIV negative status must come into contact with *bodily fluids* from an individual who is of positive HIV status through *direct access to the bloodstream via a high risk activity*.

In a professional setting it is considered malpractice to use syringes on multiple clients. This scenario is unlikely to occur and is illegal. This makes transmission of HIV highly unlikely to occur in a professional medical setting based on ethical practice standards and licensing. If you are going to a dermatologist that is unlicensed/illegally ran, the risk would be higher due to unsanitary practices (1). Again this would be unlikely if it is a professionally licensed site. Careful practice of infection control, including universal precautions (using protective practices and personal protective equipment to prevent HIV and other blood-borne infections), protects patients as well as health care providers from possible HIV transmission in medical and dental offices and hospitals (1). Please note that there are no documented cases of HIV acquisition in regards to this scenario.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle


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