Newspaper Article

Banker, Dana, and Tom Davidson. “Officials Calm Fear of Needles Risk of
Infection Called `Very Small.'” Sun Sentinel, 28 Apr. 1991. ProQuest

It is well known that there are phobias regarding needles, where people are afraid of getting injections when they go to the doctors office. But this article brings up a whole different fear surrounding needles, and it’s unintentionally getting pricked by one. In South Florida, after several discarded hypodermic needles were discovered, panic overtook residents of the area. The fear was because of the risk of contracting diseases like Hepatitis B and AIDS. This risk was explained to actually be quite low by Dr. Robert Tomchik.

This article described a widespread “needlephobia”, where the fear started from one incident, and then the panic spread throughout an entire region. This, like the Snopes article about needles in Halloween candy, demonstrates the widespread fear that can be generated by needles. This leads to the question, what other things/incidents have caused people to fear needles?


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