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Post exposure prophylaxys

Nov 20, 2010

Hi there.

My wife and I are both Dentists in South Africa. Sadly, yesterday, my wife did an extraction on a patient and a sharp piece of cortical bone pierced her finger. The patient tested HIV pos. with an elisa test. She is currently on 300mg Zidovudine and 150mg Laminovir. Is this medication sufficient? Without thinking, we had unprotected sex, should I then be worried and taking the prophylactic meds as well?

We are trying to start a family, should we rather wait for the next couple of months. Can the medication affect a fetus if we do get pregnant?

Kind Regards

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Such an event could require a third agent such as a protease inhibitor. Unlikely secondary prophylaxis is indicated. I would practice safe sex and wait until her serology comes back.

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