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Author Topic: PEP that includes HIV, Hep B and C?  (Read 640 times)

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Offline mecch

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PEP that includes HIV, Hep B and C?
« on: March 24, 2014, 12:18:43 PM »
I read this story in the freebie paper this morning.

A 6 year old girl in Geneva was playing in the bushes and found a syringe, and "played nurse" with it.  The article says she tasted the liquid in the syringe to verify it was blood (!) and then pricked herself including in her mouth??!! 

Supposedly examined and had prick on her hands and lips.  So the hospital put her on PEP and it says specially for HIV, Hep B and Hep C.

La petite doit désormais suivre un traitement anti-VIH et hépatite B et C pendant un mois.

Huh? Is there any such thing?

Also I was wondering, do people get PEP these days for needle pricks from stale old syringes found in parks, the beach, abandoned lots, etc.?   

http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/geneve/story/Tritherapie-a-6-ans-apres-avoir-tripote-une-seringue-17479589
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Re: PEP that includes HIV, Hep B and C?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2014, 12:54:54 PM »
Hey Mecch, I've moved this thread into Living, as Off Topic is an hiv-free zone.

I would imagine they've put her on hiv PEP (hopefully just Truvada, poor kid), given her a hep B vaccination (plus the tenofovir in Truvada is effective against hep B) but the hep C.... unless they're going waaaay off-label and giving her one of the hep C drugs, I can't see what they'd be attempting to give her against hcv. There's no vaccine.

Hiv PEP isn't recommended for this type of needle-stick injury, no. (Hepatitis vaccine, yes.) But, the parents are probably freaking out and the hospital is probably seeing a (possible) lawsuit if they aren't seen to be doing everything possible.

With the hep C thing - I have to wonder if the media (or someone in the foodnews-chain) didn't get it wrong and it's actually hep A and she's been given a hep A vaccination.

Got a news link in der Engerlish? I'd google myself but I'm just popping in and out today, trying to not spend the whole day at my desk. Ta. Muchly.
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Re: PEP that includes HIV, Hep B and C?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014, 03:27:44 PM »
Sorry no English report but it translates easily by pasting the link into google translate.

Yeah I was just checking on those two things - Hep C treatment as PEP? Not!  And why necessary to do PEP if  old needle sticks are not a transmission route.... 

I'm going to ask a friend who edits for this company what the deal is.. Maybe its shitty ass reporting.   Or maybe it was bad medicine!

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Re: PEP that includes HIV, Hep B and C?
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2014, 03:37:57 PM »
Or maybe it was bad medicine!

Or maybe a paranoid hospital legal team!

And the thing with PEP guidelines is - that's just it. They're guidelines, not rules. If this happened outside of a big city or if the doctor was being ultra-conservative or paranoid or whatever, the child was probably given PEP in a "CYA" "better safe than sorry" way.

I suppose if I had an ordinary (hiv negative) person's knowledge of hiv transmission (ie zilch) and something like this happened to my six year old, I'd probably be screaming for SOMETHING to be done. And threatening lawsuits and all sorts if it wasn't. But I'm not ordinary. ;)
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