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Man finds Improperly Disposed Needle

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Many diabetic patients know the importance of properly throwing out their insulin needles. But a man is asking for someone to come forward after he poked himself on a needle left out in a Midway Lanes bathroom over the weekend.

The man did not see the used insulin needle left on the toilet paper dispenser.

The needle cut him, and now he wants to know who left it out in a dangerous situation.

Doctors say if you are ever pricked by a needle, you should get tested right away and bring the needle so the doctor can test it too.

"If there's any blood for example or fluid still within the barrel of the syringe, because under that circumstance those viruses that I mentioned: hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, can survive there a bit longer," says Dr. Noe Mateo, Sanford.

They also say in order to properly dispose of insulin needles, you should put them in a thick, plastic container like an old laundry detergent bottle.

"The idea is not necessarily to cut the needle off or some folks apparently bend the needle, but to dispose the whole insulin needle into the container and then you're done with it. It's typically a one-time use sort of device," says Mateo.

The man says he has been tested for hepatitis and HIV and results came back negative, but he wants to find the person who left it so he does not have to continue tests throughout the year.

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