Syringe Reuse – HIV Industry to Revise Finger Pointing Strategy in Africa?

24 Feb

Don't Get Stuck With HIV

The news that the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for exclusive use of auto-disable syringes, which are designed to break if reused, is probably the most significant advance in the reduction of HIV transmission in developing countries to be announced in many years. It should also reduce transmission of other blood-borne viruses, such as hepatitis B and C, also ebola and MERS.

The WHO has started their global campaign to increase awareness of the dangers of unsafe healthcare, especially through reused syringes, needles and other skin piercing equipment, and have issued a brochure on injection safety.

It’s lucky that the inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe, Marc Koska, heard about the problem of reused injecting equipment in 1984. Only a few years later attention was drawn away from unsafe healthcare to unsafe sexual behavior as the main route of transmission for HIV.

Although HIV in wealthy countries…

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