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Should i get PEP?
Jan 30, 2010

Dear Doctor Frascino,

I would like to start out by mentioning how much I love your work on this forum; you are trul a blessing to those who need your expert advice so urgently!

I have been driving myself crazy over my potential exposure to HIV. A few hours ago, my co-worker (HIV status unknown) and I were cleaning out our office supply cabinet. She was going through a bin that contained thumb tacks, paper clips, etc., when she accidently pricked her palm with a thumb tack (her palm had a small amount of blood).

A few minutes later, I attempted to grap something from the bin and also pricked my finger on a thumb tack (no way of knowing whether it was the same one).

I am driving myself crazy wondering if this situation would be considered an exposure that would require PEP.

Please let me know as soon as you can. And thank you in advance for your help; it is greatly appreciated (more than you know).

Best!

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Your HIV-acquisition risk is nonexistent. PEP is not warranted. HIV testing is not warranted. Worry is not warranted!

Be well.

Dr. Bob



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