Management of needlestick injuries would be easier if consent for “donor” testing was not necessary

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7084.905 (Published 22 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:905
  1. E Walker, Consultanta,
  2. P Wright, Senior house officera
  1. a Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health, Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow G20 9NB

    Editor–T J Neal and G Harvey's letter1 highlights the need for the management of needlestick injuries to be reconsidered in the light of evidence that prompt administration of antiretroviral treatment provides substantial benefit against HIV infection.2 We have recently been involved in two situations in which prompt testing of blood from the potentially infected source (“donor”) could have changed management. As Neal and …

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