New HIV diagnosis after occupational exposure screening: the importance of reporting needlestick injuries


Ian Woolley, Monash Medical Centre, Infectious Diseases, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, VIC 3168, Australia. Email:


We describe three new diagnosis of HIV infection as a direct result of testing following occupational exposures (NSIs) in a low-prevalence setting. In each case the finding was unexpected. Our series provides a reminder of the importance of prompt reporting of NSIs by healthcare workers, access to rapid HIV testing and post-exposure prophylaxis with antiretrovirals to prevent transmission.