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im dealth in nursing yesterday i had a cut in my forefinger in da morning today near about at 2 pm while i was injecting a lady somehow side of da needle came in contact with da open wound of da forefinger but my wound was not bleeding as almost there was 30hrs gap b/w my injury and my exposure to needle. sounds crazy bt im frightened if there r any chances of infection like aids or jaundice.i dont know weather da lady was suffering from those problems or not.
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replied January 28th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

From the history described, I understand the anziety due to fear of HIV.

The main risk to healthcare workers being exposed to HIV is through accidental injuries from needles and other sharp objects that may be contaminated with HIV.

The risk of infection from a needlestick injury is less than 1 percent. The risk posed by a needle stick injury may be higher if it is a deep injury; if it is made with a hollow bore needle; if the source patient has a high viral load; or if the sharp instrument is visibly contaminated with blood.

If possible you can try to ascertain the HIV status of the woman concerned.

If you still have doubts, you might consider to get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and hepatitis C after consultation with your doctor.

I hope this helps.



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