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« on: October 06, 2013, 10:47:36 PM »
Hi there.

I am a registered nurse and I just had my first needle-stick after 6 years of practice. I guess I just needed a place to go to talk to people so that I could feel better as at the time I am beside myself with worry..not just for me, but for my girlfriend too.

Here's the story..I was giving heparin to a patient through a 25-30 gauge needle(the smallest, thinnest ones you can find for those who are unfamilair..think insulin needle because that is what it was) and while pulling the needle out..the patient jerked, and I ended up sticking myself. The patient has a history of Hep C, and upon rapid testing, he came back positive for HIV. I was put on isentress(spelling) and Truvada. When I poked myself the poke didn't feel very deep..but it DID bleed..I used alcohol rub because a sink wasn't nearby when the situation happened...I guess that's all for now..I've been taking the PEP like my life depends on it (haha) Thanks for reading.

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Re: Newest victim
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2013, 11:03:12 PM »
You can have every reason to believe you are going to come out of this OK , PEP is very effective , also its in your favor that you were pushing medicine and not drawing a substantial amount of blood into the syringe chamber before the needle stick .

Best of luck .

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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2013, 06:00:16 AM »
You are using the state of the art PEP and there is an excellent chance you will come through this OK. Aside from perhaps some sleep issues due tothe Isentress, you should suffer few if any side effects.

I fully concur with Moderator Jeff that you will be fine.

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