Scared & confused
Jan 29, 2012
My husband just told me two days ago he had tested (and RE-tested) positive for HIV-1 during a pre-deployment blood panel. Has had no extramarital sexual encounters, uses no illicit drugs, is not gay, etc, etc. He reported (to my shock) he'd been "stuck" (kneeled on one; stuck his hand on one in a truck) by two needles in the past 15 years while doing cable construction work in run-down areas of town. He's also had blood in his face/eyes - when a colleague was injured on the job; and has given mouth to mouth resucitation to a colleague (who vomited).
I am absolutely falling apart. Are those kinds of events something that could really have exposed him to HIV? They happened quite a while ago - why does he have no symptoms? He's scheduling a viral load test - and we're trying to locate a GREAT infectious disease doctor....any thoughts, suggestions, references?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Although it is impossible to say with certainty in this , it is possible that used needles under the right conditions can be the source of HIV infection after a needle stick.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
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.