(Especially of medical instruments) not sterilized.
- Nothing is worth the risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis from poorly sterilised or unsterilised needles used in an emergency.
- In addition, the commonly held belief that an injection is more effective than oral medication can expose people to HCV through the use of unsterilised needles.
- It can be caught through unprotected sex or from unsterilised needles or contaminated blood products.
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