|physician husband stuck w/infected needle
Jul 21, 2006
My husband, a physician, was accidently stuck with an HIV infected needle during a surgical procedure. My question is what are the chances he will acquire HIV and what precautions should we take in the meantime?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Hopefully he was evaluated promptly and if HIV exposure confirmed started on a post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) regimen for 4 weeks. Safe sex (with condoms) recommended for at least 3-6 months until follow-up blood tests are back. The risk for HIV transmission after a needlestick can vary depending on the details but generally runs < 1%. KH
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