Aug 26, 2013
i was recently performing CD4 Testing on blood which was collected 2 days back in a CD4 Stabilization testtube and the tube broke and pierced my left thumb is there any chance that the virus might have entered my body.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
Yes, if the source of the blood sample was from someone living with HIV, there is a chance that you could have been exposed to HIV. Indeed, given that you had a percutaneous (through the skin) injury, your risk is higher than if the blood had simply been in contact with your skin (low risk).
Since you're still within the 72 hour window to receive post-exposure treatment (PEP), I'd encourage you to see your employee health or other care provider today. PEP can very significantly reduce the risk of acquiring HIV- but only if started in that 3 day time period.
I hope that helps, BY
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Coated Tongue After Unprotected Oral Sex Without Ejaculation Worried I Have HIV
- Enlarged Lymph Nodes After Sex With Sex Worker Worried I Have HIV
- Flu Symptoms After Receiving Oral Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Hair Loss After Handjob Worried I Have HIV
- Oral Ulcers After Unprotected Oral Sex Without Ejaculation Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Rash After Giving Oral Worried I Have 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.