I work at a hospital and was stuck by a needle.

I work at a hospital and was stuck by a needle while tending to a patient. What should I do?

You should have already attempted to squeeze out anything that may have entered your body through the needle stick site. It may be a good idea to tell a supervisor immediately, although some people choose not to. The worst thing you can do is pretend this did not happen.

You probably know, while transmission may not be highly probable, it is possible. Also, if the person was known to have HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C, the situation would be treated more delicately.

Do not panic, but do not wait to call us for testing and information. Act right away. We know you may be afraid to call, but we can help. There is a very good chance everything is fine, but if you are infected, immediate treatment could have a serous impact on your long term health. Some experts believe it may be possible for immediate treatment (post exposure prophylaxis) to actually reverse or prevent infection, especially for chronic Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

We also offer advanced antigen testing that can rule out very early exposure to HIV and Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infection.

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