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Odds Of Contracting HIV Needle Stick

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Prophylactic treatment post needle stick injury

Hi If I take this prophylactic treatment and the source test result is negative, I have been advised to stop the treatment. However my question is if I do this and later in my career have another needle stick injury from a higher risk source how...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Later use of HIV drugs for PEP should still work fine in majority of situations. KH Read more »

PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!! ...worried about possible needlestick injury (NEEDLE STICK) (URBAN LEGEND, 2009)

I went out last night and as I walked through a big crowd, I felt a scratch-like pain on my leg. I... Read more »

HIV Test at Clinic

What type of safety precautions are put into place at HIV testing sites? I recently took a test at... 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

HIV Transmission

...rumors. The majority of these reports and warnings appear to be rumors/myths. CDC was informed of one incident in Virginia of a needle stick from a small-gauge needle (believed to be an insulin needle) in a coin return slot of a pay phone and a... Read more »
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Concerned son

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...and works on the oncology floor at a very large teaching hospital. Does any one know how likely it is that she could have contracted HIV? Please help! Concerned in MD Read more »

Proof

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...A user in the other section said she sat on a needle and got HIV, its very possible and it has happened before, my question is has anyone ever heard of this happening ? and do they know anyone Read more »

Want to connect? HIV+ heterosexual woman

Posted by Anonymous
...Hi! I am a 28 year old female doctor with HIV. I got the infection through a needle stick injury. I was diagnosed in 96 when I offered a blood transfusion to a friend's father. I have been through hell, mainly because my profession 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 »