Needlestick injuries

  • The risk of infection following a needlestick injury is low.
  • In the UK there have been five definite cases of HIV infection following an occupational needlestick injury, most recently in 1999.
  • There are Department of Health guidelines on the use of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) following needlestick injuries.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that to the end of 2004 there had been 106 needlestick injuries and other incidents in healthcare and laboratory settings around the world which had definitely resulted in HIV infection of healthcare workers.

While these figures probably do not provide an accurate picture of possible infections which have occurred in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, they do reflect the rarity with which needlestick injuries result in HIV infection. It is noteworthy that only seven of these 109 infections have occurred since 2000.

A further 238 infections are presumed to have occurred through needlestick injuries. Although this route could not be proven definitively in these cases, no other risk factors could be identified.

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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