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Can You Get HIV From Needle Stick

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Hiv Needle stick at work

Hello Dr.Young. I had a needle stick this am from a known HIV/AIDS pt while doing a PICC line draw. I'm not sure of his current viral load status though from chart he was undetectable 6mos ago.It was a smaller bore needle maybe 25-27 gauge and I got...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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Hello and thanks for your post.For lower-risk exposures, two-drug therapy is still often used. Your exposure would probably fall into this category, since the needle wasn't used to directly cannulate the blood vessel, was not a deep wound (to you)... Read more »

is this a sign of HIV? (NEEDLE STICK) (URBAN LEGENDS)

I went to a rave for new years. I was walking around and felt a sharp pinch/pain or whatever on the... Read more »

HIV from needlestick? but unsure if there was puncture wound. (NEEDLE STICK) (URBAN LEGENDS, 2009)

Hello Doctor. I live in the UK.I have a question which you may have answered before....but I want... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Most Surgical Residents Fail to Report Needle-Stick Injuries, Increasing Risk of HIV, Other Bloodborne Diseases, Study Says

...and sought treatment immediately, the Baltimore Sun reports. According to the Sun , surgical residents are prone to needle sticks because they are inexperienced. In addition, residents often work with high-risk patients and conduct... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

About Half of Nurses in U.K. Have Experienced Needle Stick Injuries, Many Are Concerned About HIV Risk, Study Says

...everyday threat for nurses" ( BBC News , 11/19). Currently, 94% of employers have a policy that covers prevention and reporting of needle stick injuries, but only 55% of the nurses surveyed had received training from their employer on safe needle... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rumors, Myths and Hoaxes About HIV/AIDS

...from a used needle and syringe, a person would have to have a large amount of the drug injected directly into their body. A needle stick injury such as that mentioned in the story would not lead to a large enough injection to cause a drug... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Safety Needles Protect Medical Staff

...syringe which, when activated, covers the tip of the needle as it is removed from the injection site. Annually, around 350-380 needle-stick injuries are reported to Capital Health. Each carries a cost of $2,000 (U.S. $1,904) or more in follow-up... Read more »
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My specialist's horror story - HIV Needle stick

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...though. Anyway, I told him from the begining and my HIV fears and symptoms etc. He than told me about his incident two years ago Needle stick injury. He was operating a HIV patient and he got niddle stick in his finger. I asked him how it... Read more »

HIV and needles

Posted by QP95, 1 Reply
...My boyfriend is HIV positive and has an undetectable viral load. However, he has recently started giving himself injections of HGH. He asked for Read more »

needle injurys

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...hi all, does anyone know if needle stick injurys take longer to seroconvert,and if so why,many thanks. Read more »

so ifi did

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
so if i did sit on a needle the chance of transmission is verylow, o.4% so the odds areinm y favor ? Read more »