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I was giving a L.A. injection upon coming out the needle poked through the thumb of my glove and brushed against my skin. Removed my glove, and did not see any marks/blood. Washed hands thoroughly. Patient is HIV positive. Is this considered an occupational exposure. I didnt think it was but now I’m freaking out. Still going to get tested, but wasn’t sure if this was considered reportable.

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Personally, I would rather be safe than sorry and consider it an occupational exposure and fill out OSHA paperwork. I say this because if it poked through your glove, it may have poked your skin. Don’t freak out, the risk of contracting HIV through occupational exposure is low. However, its best to have a physician assess your risk. I’m glad you are still going to go to a physician to begin the testing regiment. It will put your mind at ease!

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