HIV/Hep C transmission
Dec 10, 2013
I've been worrying about this for the past few days. I work as a nurse in the healthcare setting. The other night at work I was drawing blood with a butterfly needle on a Hep C positive patient. I drew the blood (with gloves), and when I was done noticed a stinging on my fingers. I immediately washed my hands and cleaned them with an alcohol swab because I was nervous that I had stuck myself. I called occupational health, and they said there was no risk as long as I didn't notice any broken skin. I didn't notice any broken skin or bleeding (I did notice redness, but my hands are always red from washing my hands so much!). Also, I am getting married next year so I want to make sure that I'm healthy and won't pass anything to my future husband. Should I have anything to worry about? Should I get tested just to ease my mind? Thank you!!
Response from Dr. Wohl
I can not understand what your exposure would be. Getting stuck with a needle hurts in one place and if skin is broken it bleeds. I agree no need for concern.
Getting tested for peace of mind is fine but unnecessary in this case, from what you report.
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