Air Guns/HIV

pp000165 at pp000165 at
Thu Oct 20 13:32:16 EST 1994

re: Non-sterilization of air gun immunization injectors as a
possible source of infectious transmission.

A carefully controlled study using animal models would need
to be set up to establish whether or not air gun injectors have
the potential of causing infectious transmission.  On the
surface it does not appear they could but then anything is
possible.  It would be extremely difficult for someone to prove
they've become infected via this route and a retrospective
study of soldiers receiving air gun vaccinations would have
so many confounding factors as to make it useless. Still a
controlled animal study would be interesting. I dont know 
of any that have been done, however. 

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