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Needle Stick Injuries

If you receive a needle stick injury:

  1. Stay calm
  2. Encourage the wound to bleed (gently squeeze)
  3. Wash the area with cold running water and soap (if available)
  4. Apply an antiseptic and band-aid.

For advice on the need for HIV or Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C testing, counselling and possible Hepatitis immunisation, you should, as soon as possible, contact:

  • your local doctor
  • Logan Hospital
  • a sexual health clinic
  • community health centre.

To date, there are no published reports of HIV, Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B infection being acquired by a member of the public after injury from a discarded used needle in the community in Australia. This is probably because HIV, and Hepatitis B and C viruses do not survive for long outside the body.