This section is for everyone.
Sharps are a problem because they can stick into other people legitimately handling your waste or animals who are raiding your garbage.
The worry that someone will get AIDs from being pricked by a used sharp is greatly in excess of the likelihood of this happening. But you never can tell. Hep C and B can also be transmitted from sharps and hepatitis C is the most transferable of these.
To treat a contaminated sharp injury in time a person has to get appropriate antiviral drugs within an hour. These are highly toxic and need to be taken for a month.
Please take the safest measures you can to dispose of your sharps. Here are the best ways:
Use a specially designed container. This is usually hard plastic with a lid that cannot be opened once it is locked. They can often be obtained from pharmacies or your diabetic clinic.
Some pharmacies and hospitals provide a sharp box swap system. You may have to pay towards this service.
You can clip off the needle or lancet tip with a needle clipping device that stores the needles inside. This can then be thrown away when full. If you do this dispose of your syringes appropriately too.
A “cin bin” or sharps box is easiest to use because the whole syringe and needle can be disposed of at once. They can be bulky so having a needle clipper for use outside the house can be a great help.
If you have to dispose of sharps in your garbage as a last resort you can use a heavy opaque plastic bottle eg a bleach bottle. When it is 3/4 full screw the lid back on and securely tape it down.
Keep your sharps and disposal box away from younger children or pets.
Where to Next?
Please all proceed to the How To: Monitor My Blood Sugar Appropriately section.