From Staunton, Virginia, USA:
My husband (my daughter's stepfather) used my daughter's lancet to test his blood sugar the other day because he has been having frequent urination. He wasn't thinking and used her lancet before changing it to a new one and, then, did not change it before he put it back. She then used it and now I am concerned. I checked for a previous question like this and the answer given regarding the risk was "the risk was very small." My husband has not been tested before for any diseases and we have no reason to believe that he has any diseases, but it still scares me. What are the risks and should I be concerned? Should he go to the doctor for testing to ensure my daughter's well being?
I think the old answer is still correct. The risk is very small for passing along any blood-born infection. However, such risks depend totally on the possible contamination risks. Hepatitis of varying kinds, AIDS and any other illnesses known to be carried in the blood (other viruses, bacteria, etc.) can certainly be passed along in such a fashion. I would consult with your husband's physician to determine any such risks and what testing, if any, might be suggested.
Original posting 4 Feb 2006
Posted to Other
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:06
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.