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ACTS sharps/needlestick injury information

If you've had a sharps, needlestick or bur-stick injury, you'll be ok.  But we want you to take this seriously, because we're really concerned about you and your health! 

  • Want advice right now? Call the PEPLine (1-888-448-4911) at University of California San Francisco for expert advice 24/7 at no charge to you.
  • There has still never been a dental health care worker who became HIV-positive from a needlestick.  Here's a link to the CDC's page with information on HIV, HBV and HCV
  • Hepatitis C (HCV) is a more resilient virus.  Still, the risk of HCV conversion after needlestick exposure to a patient who is HCV-positive is only about 1.8 percent.  Here's a link to the CDC's page of FAQs on HCV for health care providers
  • Among other things, you need to KNOW whether or not the patient has a bloodborne disease. You get that peace of mind from a blood draw (see below).  Here's a link to the CDC's page with emergency needlestick information
  • If your patient has a bloodborne disease, you'll want to take action to reduce your risk and that of your significant other. Through its experts, the university will help you - at no cost to you!

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