|needle pricks in hospitals
Aug 16, 2000
What are the chances of getting infected with HIV from a needle prick after injecting an HIV positive patient? What should one do after such an incident?
Response from Dr. Feinberg
The chances are very low but are not zero. The risk increases if the needle had visible blood, was a hollow core needle rather than a solid one, and if the needle stick resulted in deep penetration. As soon as possible after the exposure you should be tested for HIV and hepatitis B & C, and then you should be retested at appropriate intervals. Combination medicines for HIV can be given, but are probably most useful if begun soon after the exposure.
Any relation between viral inhibitors and antibodies?
Candida always associated with HIV?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.