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Question Needle Stick Injury with unknown HIV status!

Conrad Fischer says that in his MTB book that if one was exposed to an unknown needle and sticked, if the status of HIV is unknown of the patient that the needle came from, then we DON'T give triple therapy prophylaxis:

This is very weird and dangerous logically, even though AIDS might not be a highly prevalent disease, but shouldn't we give prophylaxis out of precaution?
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For a percutaneous injury with a source of unknown HIV status, the CDC recommends the following:

Generally, no PEP warranted; however, consider basic 2-drug PEP** for source with HIV risk factors


There is a really helpful chart I wasn't able to paste. It can be found at: http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/contentfiles...ExpoGL_PDA.pdf
on page 3


When considering prophylaxis, I think it's important to remember the prophylaxis meds are not without risk.
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Thanks a lot Healer
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