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Offline dgmeds

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needle stick exposure
« on: March 23, 2009, 12:34:03 PM »
yesterday at about 410pm , my pers. trainer was giving my a shot at the gym, he was wearing gloves, but he accidently pricked his finger and it did draw a small amount of blood from his finger.

I am poz and he knows this, so after panic and fear subsided, i took him to the emerg. room at the hospital where my Dr. is , so that they could view my pers. records... to see what type of PEP might be warranted.
i am and have been un-detectable for years and have cd4 of about 700, i am on Atripla and have NEVER missed a dose (about 5 yrs now).

several of the nurses said they had also been stuck and took treatment and turned out OK..they seemed to think that being undetectable helps... anyway they started him on PEP (reyataz and something else) .. he took the first meds at the hospital exactly 3 hours after exposure.

anyway, my point is im so worried about this ive made myself ill over it...

does anyone have any experience with type of issue??   i just need some peace of mind i guess.


Offline RapidRod

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Re: needle stick exposure
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 12:47:25 PM »
There has never been anyone infected by a needle stick or needle scratch outside the health care field. There is a big difference between the situation you described and IV drug abuse. I'm suprised that a doctor would prescribe nPEP in that situation.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: needle stick exposure
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 01:46:53 PM »
Being undetectable definitely does make a big difference in terms of potential risk.

I agree with Rod that doing PEP seems questionable in this case. But I do commend you for behaving so responsibly in this situation for your trainer.

For what it's worth my expectation is that he will ultimately test negative.

Andy Velez

Offline dgmeds

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Re: needle stick exposure
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009, 01:50:35 PM »
this is good news , it's amazing what a couple of positive comments can do when your perspective is skewered due to fear, Thanks so much. 

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: needle stick exposure
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009, 02:56:57 PM »
You're welcome, DG. Glad you found the exchanges here to be helpful.

Good luck to your trainer. Keep us posted on how it goes.
Andy Velez


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