I went streight to the hospital got bloods taken and got asked questions to what I was vaccinated against my tetnus is up to date and so is my heppititus B vaccine so the nurse said theres nothing to worry about as risks are very minimal but im worried about kissing my partner or having sex should I use protection and if so how long for?
The news about the tetanus and Hepatitis B is great. I'm not up-to-date about everything to look out for, but I'd ask the following questions:
Did you ask her about Hepatitis A, C, D, E, F, G? What about HIV? When can you get tested for that? At what intervals? How many months apart? Did she research the person's history whose blood you were stuck with? This is critical. What diseases does this person have? Has this person traveled to any foreign countries in the last 6-12 months and if so, where and what diseases must you be tested for and when? Has this person had to report to the State Health Dept. about an exposure to a communicable disease? Did the nurse call and find this out for you? If so, what communicable disease did the person report an exposure to? Did she/he get treated for? Some diseases/parasites are mandated by law to be reported and treated. (Tuberculosis, possibly malaria, ebola, etc.)
Is this person from the northern areas where Lyme disease may be prevalent? Is she or he having any symptoms of Lyme disease? Why don't you call the NIH or WHO or another more well informed source because this site isn't an authority on this. I can only give you some ideas. I can't cover everything you should ask. A blood exposure is a serious exposure to many blood borne pathogens you wouldn't normally be exposed to. You must take it very seriously. The nurse you talked to doesn't seem to understand all of the serious pathogens you could have been exposed to. You would probably do better at an ER at a major teaching hospital.
You've lost enough time. Do what you can right now to get an investigation into the person whose blood you were exposed to. This is the person who received the insulin through the needle. I would love to hear you tell me the person's blood never came near the needle, that the needle never went into their body. Write back if that's true, please. I wish you the best.
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