Garbage Men have Need(le)s Too!
Apr 15, 2007
Hey Dr Robert! You are the best and I love your work here. Thank you. You repsonded to my quetion 4 months ago about an incident in which I performed oral on a guy and got blood in my mouth. Well, I tested after 3 months and Woo-Hoo! Negative. But before I could even enjoy the news, I was working and got stuck by something in a trash bag (I am a Sanitation Worker) and it broke the skin and felt like it went pretty deep. Well, I busted open the bag and didn't find any needles, at least, I didn't see one. There were some very sharp wooden food scewers. I went to the hospital anyway, and the attending physician said the odds of catching HIV from a needle in the trash are like zero to none. Do you agree with this? Also, he said I would be more at risk to get Hep B/C instead. I freaked out because I just had undergone all those tests from my own doctor. I was supposed to get the Hep B vaccine with my doctor way before this, but never did. So, the hospital gave me the Hep B vaccine's first shot. Oh, and a Tetnis shot as well. He also reminded me that there was no needle to speak of, so I should worry even less. But I need to know from you as well. Was there any risks involved here?
Love ya man,
PS I hope you realize how many people you are touching and changing every day. I will make an effort to keep supporting your Concertedeffort.org every chance that I get. It feels good to know that people are trying to make a difference. You make me want to be more supportive. Thanks.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Yes, sanitation workers have needs and we need sanitation workers as well, but most importantly you need to check the answers I already posted! See below!
As the old song says, "Don't Worry. Be Happy!!!"
Garbage Man in Need Apr 14, 2007
Doc Robert, You responded to a question I had back in January, when I had an incident of giving oral sex and getting some blood in my mouth. I have had my 3 month test and it was negative! What a relief. But before I could enjoy the celebration, I was working (Sanitation Worker) and got stuck by something in a bag. I freaked out. I opened the bag but didn't see anything that looked like a needle, however, there were some wooden scewers used for food, that were very sharp. I still went to the emergency room (formality with the job) and the doctor there said the chances of getting HIV from a needle in the garbage are zero to none. What is your view on that, and do you think that they handle it correctly as far as only treating me with a tetnis shot and started a Hep B vacination. I have to go get the 2nd and 3rd shots down the line. Which I was going to do anyway because I was tested at my own doctors to find out if I had the vacination. He also tested for Hep C back in November as well. So, I really would love to hear your opinion on this because I absolutely love you and your work here. Because of you and your work,I have become a contributer to your concertedeffort.org site since we first contacted each other and will continue doing so. Peace and Love to you!
Response from Dr. Frascino
First off, congratulations on your negative three-month test following your last HIV scare. Sorry the celebration was so short lived!
Regarding your current incident, although I would not put the chances of contracting HIV from a discarded needle in the garbage at "zero to none," I would certainly say the risk is remote at best, particularly in your case in which you did not find a needle, but rather wooden skewers! Certainly a tetanus booster immunization and beginning your hepatitis B vaccination series are good ideas. You've had a very recent HIV test, so we can assume your baseline status is HIV negative. If you remain worried about the very remote chance of contracting HIV from your recent stick, get an HIV test at the three-month mark. I'm quite confident the results will be negative, which should put any residual fears permanently to rest and allow you to WOO-HOO without any second thoughts, OK?
Thank you for your donations. They are warmly appreciated. In return, I'll send more of my good-luck/good-health karma that your definitive test is once again negative (as I very strongly believe it will indeed be!)
Be well. Stay well!
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