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Treatment after Needle Stick Injury
Nov 27, 2000

I suffered a needle stick injury after doing an intradermal injection on a HIV+ , Hep C+ patient. I was given a starter kit with 3TC, D4T, and Nelvinafir. For various reasons I was too nervous to use these medications. It is now one week after the needle stick injury. Is it too late to start these medications now?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

No, although it makes them a lot less effective. You should ideally start within hours of a needlestick. You should have your blood checked for HIV PCR and HCV PCR at one month after needlestick and then antibody checked at 3 months and 6 months. Good luck! DTD



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