I'm sorry this happened, and it is very frightening. However, just to give a little encouragement, the chances of attaining a disease from a needle stick is actually very minimal, even if the patient is positive (less than 1% for AIDS, 10% for Hep C, and 30% for Hep B). That is in the poorest of condition (blood, blood, not bleeding the wound, not washing immediately, ect). I work with drug addiction. I start IVs every day on nothing but drug addicts. Terribly, I don't often wear gloves like I should (I *hate* starting IVs with gloves on). There was one guy that I started an IV on, and I WAS wearing gloves. I managed to get blood on my leg (he was a bleeder, and bled through the IV until I put the cap on), and managed to get blood above my glove. He joked with me, "Good thing I don't have the virus, huh?" Sad thing is, 2 days later, our routine labs FINALLY came back, and he WAS positive for HIV. I was honestly more saddened by having to tell him the news than I was my chances of getting the virus (granted, I had intact skin and it was not a needle stick).
I know the statistics don't take away the anxiety, but I hope they bring some comfort.
(BTW, my numbers came from: http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/disea..._injuries.html
Oh, and the physician I worked with had gotten blood on himself as well. When I informed him of the blood after the labs came back, he said not to worry, that the chances were so slim (mainly because my skin -and his- was intact, so no blood-blood), and that taking the antiretrovirals would likely do more damage (now, had it been a needle stick where there was blood in the needle, I would have made a different decision).
3 years later, I am negative...
Said a little prayer for you... if you don't mind, will you keep us updated?