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Prospective study of community needlestick injuries
  1. N Makwana,
  2. F A I Riordan
  1. Dept of Child Health, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr F A I Riordan
    Department of Child Health, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham B9 5SS, UK;


Fifty three children were referred following community needlestick injuries, August 1995 to September 2003. Twenty five attended for serology six months later. None were positive for HIV, or hepatitis B or C. Routine follow up after community needlestick injury is unnecessary. HIV post-exposure prophylaxis should only be considered in high risk children.

  • follow up
  • post-exposure prophylaxis
  • needlestick injury

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  • Competing interests: none declared