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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Feb;27(2):215-7. Epub 2006 Feb 8.

Posttraumatic stress disorder after occupational HIV exposure: two cases and a literature review.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, MA 02135, USA. mworth@cchcs.org

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.

PMID:
16465645
DOI:
10.1086/501155
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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