Slip of the needle brings fallout, tough decisions

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Writing for The New York Times, AHCJ member Sibyl Shalo Wilmont shares the chain of events that followed when she accidentally injected herself with a drop of a patient’s blood.

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A quick test showed the patient was likely negative for HIV, but Wilmont still had to decide whether or not to undergo post-exposure prophylaxis, a grueling cycle of treatment that would continue for at least a month. Wilmont had covered post-exposure prophylaxis as a journalist and her knowledge for that helped guide her decision.

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