|PEP and RNA PCR test
Aug 18, 2011
I am a technician working in ICU.I hv taken every precautions, but remembered of touching stained blood in d canula hub.Also assisted d doctor in giving central canulation of subclavian vein and intubation of trachea as well as urinary catheterization. Though i have no prick or no
break in continuity of skin, but d index finger had one minor cut 10 days back, now only epidermis is torned: other layers ok.
Here d. Doctor started me with PEP drugs, zidovudine and lamivudine from last 7 days(started within 12 hrs of exp), but it is causing gi upset to me and not tolerated well d drugs. Want to discontinue with d result of RNA PCR. And check d antibody level at one and half and three months. The pt was strongly positive for HIV.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
If you did not have a puncture (or other open) wound, there's no risk of HIV infection from touching blood stained medical devices.
As such, based on what you've described, if you were my patient, I would not recommend PEP. If you've not had a HIV antibody test recently, it's generally recommended (independent of your employment situation) as part of routine health care by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Be well, BY
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