I saw a house officer in my clinic this morning. Several days ago he accidentally pricked himself while drawing blood from a patient. Fortunately for him the patient was low risk in terms of HIV transmission.
As per protocol I had to go through all the essential points when counseling him. Here’s part of the conversation between us:
Me: are you currently in a relationship?
Me: are you sexually active?
Him: (pause)…. No.
Me: in case you are, for the next 6 months you will have to use protection during sex.
We then went on to cover other areas pertaining to the issue of occupational exposure. Just before I wrapped up the consult he turned to me and asked:
“So, what you are saying is I have to wear a condom for the next 6 months?”
I decided to be witty and replied:
“Don’t be absurd, you can only wear a condom once. No one wears a condom for 6 months! That would be quite disgusting!”
He was stunned for a while and then we both had a good laugh.