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Hiv Exposed Healthcare Workers

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AIDS InfoNet

Treatment After Exposure to HIV

...PEP? Workplace Exposure PEP has been standard procedure since 1996 for healthcare workers exposed to HIV. Workers start taking medications within a few hours of exposure. Usually the exposure is from a "needle stick," when a health care worker accidentally gets jabbed with a needle containing HIV-infected blood. PEP reduced the rate of HIV infection from workplace exposures by 79%. However, it is still possible for health care workers who...
Ask the Experts

Hiv prevention (PEP) (TREATMENT AFTER EXPOSURE)

Dear Rob,I recently had sex with a man i do not know, without my knowledge he removed the condom. I went to the Er and was prescribed Viread and combavir, will this lower my chances of contracting Hiv?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...popular than condoms, or that may do harm if used inappropriately. And PrEP raises some particularly challenging issues of access. Health care providers will need to ensure that PrEP is used before exposure, not after infection, or it could lead... Read more »

Crime Scene Safety class

What is the biggest hazard to a crime scene investigator, Hep c or HIV and why?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...very low. After a needlestick exposure, the risk of hepatitis C is greater than HIV. This has been demonstrated in studies of healthcare workers exposed to patients with either infection. Read more »

imposing HIV testing on source from exposed worker

Does the Ryan White law state that if a health care worker is exposed to a patient via needlestick or otherwise that that healthcare worker can legally obtain blood from the source against the sources' will???
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...source would not be entirely helpful, since the source could be within the window period. Most reliable sources of information on health care worker exposure advise against testing the source and in favor of treating the exposed health care... Read more »

Updated HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Guidelines

I recently got stuck with a needle which was in an HIV positive patient's gum. The needle did not have any associated blood. Would you recommend prophylactic AZT in such a case?
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...following questions:1) Was the patient KNOWN to be HIV positive or KNOWN to be at high risk of infection?2) Were you directly exposed to a significant quantity of a high risk body fluid (for example blood, semen, etc.)?3) Was there a... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Health-Care Worker Exposures to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis

...Recommendations for the Management of Potentially Exposed HCWs Exposure Report Exposure Management HIV PEP Follow-up of HCWs Exposed to HIV Recommendations for the Selection of Drugs for PEP Postexposure Registries ... Read more »
The Body PRO

I-161: Experience of Health-Care Workers (HCWs) Taking Postexposure Prophylaxis (PEP) after Occupational HIV Exposures: Findings of the HIV PEP Registry

...Visibly bloody fluid 13% Concentrated HIV 2.3% Unknown 13% Other (saliva, emesis, tissue, sputum) 8.6% The median time from exposure to receipt of treatment was 9.9 hours (range 0 - 343 hrs) and consisted of a panoply of combinations too... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Survey Suggests High Rate of HIV Exposure for Health Care Workers

... Hundreds of Canadian health care workers may have contracted HIV on the job, "greatly" exceeding government estimates, according to a University of Western Ontario report Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

... Can I get HIV from injecting drugs? Is there a connection between HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases? Are health care workers at risk of getting HIV on the job? Are patients in a health care setting at risk of getting HIV? ... Read more »
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PEP

Posted by je5872, 2 Replies
...has anyone ever taken PEP. I began taking PEP 4 hrs post exposure. I was top with hiv+ guy on no meds when condom broke. i immediately washed and urinated. Has anyone had this experince? do they Read more »

For those who continually ask about coinfection...

Posted by Anonymous
...seroconversion took over 6 months and these were back in the early 90's. From what I understand, only one of these cases involved coexposure to HIV and Hep C and it was a healthcare worker. There is no possible way that this is the only HCW to... Read more »

Did I expose someone to HIV?

Posted by ch1, 4 Replies
I was assaulted in an attempted robbery, someone hit me over the head with a rock. I was not unconcious, but I bled a lot and two people kept cold compresses on my head until the ambulance arrived. Both people were ladies in their 60's who do... Read more »

Window Period for Occupational Exposures

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...exposure (CDC, unpublished data, 1998). In a recent analysis of 51 seroconversions in HCWs, the estimated median interval from exposure to seroconversion was 46 days (mean: 65 days); an estimated 95% seroconverted within 6 months after the... Read more »