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Possible Needlestick Injury
      #175574 - 02/17/06 06:06 AM


About 9-10 weeks ago I had a possible needlestick exposure. 6 weeks later I began experiencing unexplainable symptoms - I understand this is a little late for symptoms to show.

It's another 3-4 weeks before I can conclusively test so I am hoping for some peace of mind to get me through them. The symptoms still persist - I have mostly read that they generally last 10-14 days but read one source that stated they can last up to 8 weeks. I am now at 3-4 weeks and my symptoms seem to be breaking a lot of the typical ARS patterns.

My only concern is that I may have been coinfected with HIV and HCV. Can anyone offer any insight into whether coinfection would slow the onset of ARS and/or whether coinfection would be likely to cause an increased duration of symptoms.

Any help offered is greatly, greatly appreciated.

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      #175653 - 02/17/06 04:55 PM


regards from india

Nope coinfection would not interfere with antibody production or onset of HIV symptoms.

HIV is hard virus to transmit.The ODDS are in your favour of not having contracted the virus from the exposure you state.Chances of seroconverting from a significant needlestick from a confirmed HIV-positive source are one in 300-400 per episode.However testing is warrented and a 12 week test should suffice.

If you work as a healthcare worker, consider updating yourself on PEP.


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Love Ravi

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