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Needle Stick And Dna Pcr Testing

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Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...on occupational exposures (includingneedlesticks) to HIV. The chance of infection from a known HIV positiveperson through a needlestick injury is 0.3%.For testing of newborns less than 18 months of age, Qualitative PCR tests areused, since... Read more »

Prophylactic treatment post needle stick injury

Hi If I take this prophylactic treatment and the source test result is negative, I have been... Read more »

Follow-up on needlestick question

Hello Dr. Conway,A few months ago I asked the question about a PCR test 24 days following a... 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

...(Emery, Baltimore Sun , 6/28). According to the Times , being rushed at work was the No. 1 reason residents did not report needle-stick injuries. The study found that residents believed reporting their injuries would take too much time, could... 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 »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

Double Trouble

...called the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). If ELISA results are positive, usually 1 to 3 weeks after exposure, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is performed to measure the amount of HVC in the blood. The PCR test measures the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...inject illicit drugs. Occasionally the public and certain workers (e.g. sanitation workers or housekeeping staff) may sustain needle-stick injuries involving inappropriately discarded needles. Needle-stick injuries can transfer blood and... Read more »
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ATTN Moderator re: needle stick

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...Please block needle sticks IP address. Read more »

Needle Sticked

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I thought the chance of getting HIV was very very low ? how do you know the doctor got HIV from the needle ? and like i said im not crazy, i was right all along about the needles, so thank you all for telling me tht sick shit and tht im crazy and im... Read more »

This is not TRUE

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...when this person may have been infected(primary infection shows up 2-4 weeks after exposure) The second group are Nurses with needle stick injuries from HIV/AIDS patients. These persons will have numerous test to see if and when they will show... 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 me to do it today and I did so. However, afterwards when I was putting the cap on, the needle somehow... Read more »