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    Risk of transmission from Dry Needling
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    ag1884 posted:
    Hi
    One week ago I went to a physiotherapy clinic and the therapist used a couple of dry needles to relieve pain in my shoulder. As per the head physiotherapist there, all needles they use are disposable. But I still keep worrying about possibility of HIV transmission if the needles were actually being re-used. What are the chances of hiv transmission in case the needles were not disposable and were not properly sterilised. Should I get tested?
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    georgiagail responded:
    The emphasis is on "dry" needles. They do not come in contact with blood and they certain wouldn't contain wet blood.

    Thus, there is absolutely no risk of HIV transmission from these.

    Gail
     
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    ag1884 replied to georgiagail's response:
    Thanx Gail

    I hope it was dry needling...that is what the internet tells me. Anyways, I didn't see any blood
     
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    georgiagail replied to ag1884's response:
    This is an acupuncture-type approach to treating pain. These are not hollow core needles used to used inject or withdraw anything into or out of the body. The needles tend to be very slender and are not inserted very deeply into the body.

    Gail


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    heres my point
    stay away from needles unless your health depends on it...and for christs sake dont share them. too late for me to heed that advice. dying ... More
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