Cut and puncture wounds (with risk of infection)

It is possible to have been exposed to a bloodbased virus when having a wound. A blood sample has been taken to test it.

About your visit

If you have a cut or puncture wound, or if your wound or mucous membrane has been exposed to another person’s blood, there is a risk that you have been infected with a virus. We have therefore taken a blood sample to test for hepatitis B and C as well as HIV, and you have been given the first of four vaccinations against hepatitis. If you have had hepatitis B, or if you have already been vaccinated against hepatitis B, you may only need the first vaccination. You may also have received a vaccination against diphtheria and tetanus.

When you get home

Contact your general practitioner if there are signs of infection

Call your general practitioner or dial 1813 to reach the medical helpline outside your general practitioner’s opening hours if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Redness.
  • Pain or a stinging sensation.
  • Fever.

Safe sex

We recommend that you and your partner use a condom until you have received the results of your blood tests and you know whether you have an infection. This means up to three months after the accident.

Results of blood tests from your general practitioner

You will receive the results of blood tests from your general practitioner after seven to ten days. Your general practitioner will also take additional tests or give you additional vaccinations if necessary.

If there is a risk of HIV infection, please contact Infektionssygdomme, klinik 1 (Infectious diseases, department 1 at Herlev Hospital on the first weekday after your visit to the Emergency admissions. See the telephone number under Contact.

For staff from Herlev Hospital, Gentofte Hospital and the mental health services in the Capital Region of Denmark

On the first weekday after your visit to the Emergency admissions, you should contact the secretary at Mave-, Tarm- og Leversygdomme, klinik 1 after 12 noon for further treatment and follow-up.

If there is a risk of HIV infection, please contact Infektionssygdomme, klinik 1 at Herlev Hospital on the first weekday after your visit to the Emergency admissions. See the telephone numbers under Contact.

Check-ups

You will be called in for a check-up after one month and again after three months, where we will take blood tests to rule out HIV infection and hepatitis (hepatitis B and C). 

Hepatitis vaccination

If you have not been vaccinated before and have not had hepatitis B before, you will need three follow-up vaccines against hepatitis B after one, two and 12 months.

If you are fully vaccinated against hepatitis B, you will not need any additional vaccines.

Worth knowing

Your personal data

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