Blood and Body Fluid Exposures
Blood and body fluid exposures - Students with blood or body fluid exposures that put them at risk for blood borne pathogens can be assessed and treated at Student Life Student Health Services (SLSHS).
- The critical first step is to report your injury to the appropriate supervisor in your area so that testing (HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C) can be initiated on the source patient. The source patient results are managed at the facility where you are assigned, and they will notify you of the results. Source HIV testing should be done on a rapid basis, so that you are informed of the result within a few hours. Hepatitis testing usually takes a few days. SLSHS does not have direct access to these results so it is important for you to know how the results will be communicated to you.
- Exposed students who wish to be seen should contact SLSHS as soon as possible after the injury (614-292-4321). If SLSHS is not available, we recommend using urgent care or emergency facilities in the community. If your source patient is positive for HIV, you should seek care immediately, so that an HIV post-exposure prophylaxis assessment can be performed. If medications are indicated for your exposure, it is preferred to start them as soon as possible. HIV-PEP drugs are available at SLSHS. We can also confirm your Hepatitis B immunity and provide other recommendations for follow-up testing.
All testing and follow-up is voluntary, and we will explain which tests or treatments are recommended for your particular exposure.
Please be aware that there are fees for testing related to blood and body fluid exposures.