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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder After Occupational HIV Exposure: Two Cases and a Literature Review

Michael G. Worthington , MD, John J. Ross , MD and Ellen K. Bergeron , MSN
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 27, No. 2 (February 2006), pp. 215-217
DOI: 10.1086/501155
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501155
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Abstract

Two healthcare workers developed disabling chronic posttraumatic stress disorder after needlestick exposures to blood from a patient infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), even though both continue to test negative for HIV antibody more than 22 months after their exposures. We describe these 2 cases and review the relevant literature. Prospective studies of psychological morbidity after occupational needlestick injuries are required to determine the role of long‐term psychological follow‐up, counseling, and support.

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