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pricked needle in intravenous push
Feb 28, 2013

my friend is a nurse and shes taking care of a hiv patient and while giving intravenous push she accidentally prick her hand because she will aspirate the medicine twice in a vial. does she acquired the hiv?

Response from Ms. Southall

HI Well I give you a great answer from a recent experience. I"m home recovering from surgery and have a home health care nurse. She stuck herself with a needle after drawing my blood. In this situation the chances of HIV transmission is less than 3% and that's from someone living with HIV having a high viral load, either on or off medication. I'm on medication and have an undetectable viral load and so that less than 3% drops even more. Getting HIV through occupational exposure is a very rare occurrence and your friend should be fine, but should definitely be being followed by a healthcare professional.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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