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Author Topic: Low risk or high risk? (health care provider)  (Read 1495 times)

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Low risk or high risk? (health care provider)
« on: August 13, 2020, 12:31:24 pm »
Hi,

I am a straight female. 4 months ago I had a one night encounter, protection was used I am afraid that the condom broke as the lighting wasnít great. I have never had a one night encounter before, and my anxiety is heightened from this whole experience. This person stated they get tested frequently and donít have any stiís or stds. I have gotten blood work taken yesterday. I am scared. Hopefully someone can give me some advice.

Thank you.

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Re: Low risk or high risk? (health care provider)
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2020, 01:22:53 pm »
Hiya,

Sorry to hear you are worried, as for the bood work mentioned, keep in mind only an HIV test will tell you your HIV status.

As for the intercourse, HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. If a condom fails during the act of intercourse it's obvious, dark room/ poor lighting or not.

Anyhow if this was your only sexual activity then relax there is no reason to be stressing or testing outside of standard routine.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Low risk or high risk? (health care provider)
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2020, 09:56:30 pm »
Hi,

Thanks for responding. Their was oral involved as well for only about less than a minute. Blood work that I did was specifically for HIV, Hep C, and others..
I also did STI testing.. just the wait is killing me. Your advice has given me some reassurance, I appreciate it.

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Re: Low risk or high risk? (health care provider)
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2020, 04:13:25 am »
You're welcome.

About the oral, the only oral with any HIV risk is giving a blowjob and it's is such a minute HIV concern that we don't even recommend specifically testing over it.

If this was the only sexual contact you should be expecting a negative HIV test result.
Try to relax.

Jim
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Re: Low risk or high risk? (health care provider)
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2021, 04:08:36 pm »
Hi there,

To start, I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do, it is truly amazing. I give COVID-19 vaccines at a clinic. Yesterday, I was vaccinating an individual. Before the vaccine took place, we must go over screening questions. The client stated he has no autoimmune disease and is not on any immunosuppressants. After the vaccination was completed I then went to close the louer lock and my middle finger got pricked. I noticed a small amount of blood come out. I immediately went to clean my finger with soap and water. I went to the ER to see what were the next steps to take after that scenario. The emergency physician stated that my risk is very very small. The on-call infection control specialist didn't recommend I start prep either. I got all my blood work was taken, which I know isn't a definitive indicator of anything. This client was open to having blood work done. I would just like some insight on what else I should or should've done.

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Re: Low risk or high risk? (health care provider)
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2021, 04:36:14 pm »
Hiya,

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The on-call infection control specialist didn't recommend I start prep either.

It would be PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), not PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis)
Anyhow, the HIV risk from what you posted is near non-existent.

To give you some context, in the USA alone on average there are over 1000 needlestick injuries per day in healthcare and 378 on average per day in the UK.

Yet despite this daily incident rate, there were only 58 confirmed HIV transmission to healthcare workers in the US up to 2013, with the last time I checked only one confirmed case since 1999 and in the UK the last confirmed case was in 1998 or 99, so over 20 years ago.

What you need to do is follow exposure to bloodborne viruses (BBV) protocol in your workplace, report the incident and work with your doctor regarding testing. You could request PEP over this incident, that is up-to-you but keep in mind PEP should start no later than 72 hours post-exposure and it's best to start as soon as possible.

In the meantime try to relax. Unfortunately working as a healthcare worker you are going to get pricked from time to time despite best efforts and procedures.

Best, Jim.
« Last Edit: August 17, 2021, 04:54:24 pm by Jim Allen »
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