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Possible Exposure? Should I take PEP?
« on: February 14, 2023, 04:16:21 pm »
Iím a bit worried I may have had an exposure to blood yesterday.

I was getting blood drawn at a busy lab yesterday. The phlebotomist had put some gauze and the needle in a small white plastic basket in front of me. The needle was covered but with a small tube covering that was open at the end. (For reference it was a butterfly type of needle). I noticed in a corner of the basket (near the needle) some red stains, not much maybe less than a fingernail size. I didnít mention anything because she was moving quickly and the needle wasnít in the basket for long. Maybe less than 2 minutes.

I do understand if it was dried blood then my exposure would be zero, but I canít shake the feeling that it couldíve been fresh blood (she had taken a patientís blood maybe a few minutes before me) as I didnít get a good look at it other than to see it was red stains. If it was fresh and the blood somehow got onto the needle and then the needle pierced my vein, what are my odds of contracting HIV?

Itís only been 24 hours so I am within the window to take PEP but Iím unsure if I should considering a) I canít be sure if it was even fresh blood, b) I canít confirm it was even from an hiv positive person. Should I take PEP?

Thank you in advance

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Re: Possible Exposure? Should I take PEP?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2023, 04:32:19 pm »
What you posted isn't an HIV concern. Move on with your life
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