Hypodermic Needle News Article

Banker, Dana, and Tom Davidson. “Officials Calm Fear of Needles Risk of Infection Called `Very Small.'” Sun Sentinel, 28 Apr. 1991. ProQuest Newsstand, search.proquest.com/newsstand/docview/389033203/357E244DFE5545FEPQ/16?accountid=14902.

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 newspaper article brings up a whole different fear surrounding needles, and it’s the fear of unintentionally getting pricked by one. In South Florida, after several discarded hypodermic needles were discovered in public place’s and even people’s yards, panic overtook residents of the area. The fear was because of the risk of contracting diseases like Hepatitis B, C, and HIV/AIDS. This risk was explained to actually be quite low by Dr. Robert Tomchik, and officials had to calm the fears of the public by explaining this low risk of infection. This source was an excellent example of how panic regarding needles and their ability to spread disease could spread quickly and easily. Also, the source explained that Hepatitis spreads very easily, and can be transmitted with a very small amount of blood, and can survive for several years outside of the body.  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 source also connects to the other sources regarding Hepatitis and how it spreads very easily through needles being reused, and the risks of Hepatitis. This source leads to the question, what other incidents have caused a widespread fear of needles to arise in certain areas? And also, what are some fears of needles that exist nationwide?

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