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18 Jan 2004

Possible HIV?<br>POSSIBLE HIV?
I am a trained nurse and a week ago I draw blood from a patient to be tested for HIV. Unfortunately I prick myself with the needle. The hospital staff tested my blood which was negative and put me on the medication to prevent me getting the virus. The medication really makes me feel terrible. Would it be wise to go off the medicine if the patient's tests prove to be negative?
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CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

JJ, this is a difficult question. Most of us stop the medication if the patient is negative, but theoretically the patient might be in the window period and you should continue taking the drugs until the follow up sample is also negative. Good luck.
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