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April 3, 2004

Daily Care, Other

Question from Mohnton, Pennsylvania, USA:

I was on a day trip and I brought my insulin with me. I am using Humalog and Humulin N insulin together, twice a day. I ran out of needles, and I needed to give myself a shot. I used one of the needles I had used earlier. I didn't want to, because it's not healthy to do so, but I was just wondering if you could contract HIV-AIDS by doing this.

Answer:

Many people with diabetes reuse their own needles. There is no risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, when you reuse your own needles.

MSB