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Needlestick & Bodily Fluid Exposure

If exposed, call (323) 442-5631 during Health Center Hours to be seen on the same day. After Hours, please call our Needlestick Hotline at (323) 442-7900.

What is an exposure?

Potentially infectious bodily fluids:
  – Blood
  – Semen
  – Vaginal secretions
  – Cerebrospinal fluid
  – Pleural/pericardial/synovial/peritoneal fluid
  – Amniotic fluid
  – Feces
  – Any bodily fluid that may contain blood

If exposed, what should you do?

Is there treatment to prevent bloodborne disease after exposure?

How soon after an exposure should treatment start?

How do I pay for these services?