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I am a healthcare worker,and I was pricked with a needle.

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The source patient had end...
I am a healthcare worker,and I was pricked with a needle. The source patient had end stage HIV. I tested at 6wks. 3mnths. 6mnths. and 10mnths. I was told it would show up by then.Im still afraid. Should I continue testing I have heard rumors of it could take ten years is this true. I also took the propholatic drugs for four weeks does this delay seroconversion. please help?Im married I need to know.
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Hello-

If you are negative for HIV at 10 months- you absolutely were not infected by the needle stick.

With current tests, over 95% of positives are detected by 4-6 weeks, and vitually 100% by 3 months.

You werre not infected by the stick. You don't need to worry any further. No further testing is needed from that exposure.

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