Dear Doctors,

I was very afraid about an incident last December, whereby I fear that the lancet (Accuchek Safe T-Pro Plus purple Lancet) has been reused. I am sorry to sound offensive to some, but the doctor has a visible tattoo which made me extremely uncomfortable and unassuring.

Although I know that lancets have been reported to transmit HBV and HCV, and I know that it could possibly transmit HIV, do you heard of ANY transmission of HIV through a used lancet in medical literature? (If I am not wrong, the time between the last patient and me was around 10 minutes or so)

Also, do you think this is a plausible risk at all in the Singapore context?

And a very sensitive question, are health professionals (including locums) allowed to practice in Singapore if they have tattoos?

Thank you so much!

Regards,

Andrew