Acupuncture needle stick-should I be tested?
Jan 30, 2005
I stepped on a needle in my acupuncturist's office and it punctured my toe enough to draw a tiny drop of blood. I was the first patient in the room for 40+ hours, so the needle was at least that old. Should I be tested for HIV or Hep?
Response from Dr. McGovern
I would get baseline testing for your own protection with follow-up. I suspect the risk is extremely low since acupuncture needles are thin and solid and the needle was old; however I would pursue testing to be 100 percent sure. Please do not lose sleep over this; I think the risk extaordinarily low.
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