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Non-reusable syringes could stop spread of HIV

Marc Koska, inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe, says the idea of the K1 auto-disable syringe came about in the 1980s when there were myths about HIV and how it was spread.

The dirty re-used needle is known to be responsible for the deaths of 1.3 million people every year and the spread of HIV infections.

To address this Koska invented the K1 auto-disable syringe which took him 30 years to get approval. This has sparked debate on whether one shot syringes can save the world.

I wanted to be part of the solution but it took 17 years to sell the product.

Marc Koska, inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe

Koska says the reason it took years for it to get sold is because it costs the same as normal syringes and there is no motive for manufacturers to take it up.

Asked about how it works he had this to say:

There is a design of the vowels that is put into the plunger and it acts as a mechanical lock and if you try to pull it up it locks and any further it breaks so to prevent it being used again.

Marc Koska, inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe

Koska says there is a lot of interest in his invention.


This article first appeared on 702 : Non-reusable syringes could stop spread of HIV


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