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Needlestick injuries

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If skin is punctured by a sharp medical tool like a scalpel or needle on a syringe, it is called a ‘needlestick injury’.

Needlesticks don’t just happen in hospitals – stepping on a needle in park is the same thing. Infection by HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C in these situations is rare. Seek medical attention immediately. Follow the links below to find our information partners' articles about needlestick injuries.

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Last reviewed: February 2014

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