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Q. 11 How can we protect ourselves from getting infected through infected blood?
Ans.  In case of injury requiring blood transfusion blood should be taken from a licensed blood bank.

Ø   All blood collected for donation in now tested for HIV also;
Ø   Hospitals/nursing homes, doctors and paramedical staff need to make sure that the equipment for injections and operation is properly sterilized. Unnecessary blood transfusion needs to be avoided.
Ø   People should also insist on use of sterilized syringes/disposable syringe for injections.
Ø   Injection drug users should avoid sharing of needles/syringes.

v   To prevent HIV infection through blood, both individuals as well as health care providers must take precautions.
v   There is no risk in donating blood.