well, one risk as a nurse is sticking yourself with a dirty needle. and don't ya know it, got careless at work today, injected a patient with heparin, and managed to stick myself with same needle after. oh joy. i'm not concerned about it, gotta have all the blood work done, etc, but it was a low risk patient, and the heparin needle was just in their fat tissue, only blood drawn was mine when i stabbed my thumb with it. anyhow, i'm rambling, what does this have to do with meds and hair loss. well, naturally the doctor at work wants me to go on the anti retrovirus meds (anti hiv) as a precaution for the needle stick. NOW if this had been a high risk patient, such as needle marks up and down the arms, a person who engaged in high risk activities, my decision would have been different on taking the meds. i refused them, and of course doctor persisted in trying to talk me into it. i was of THREE thoughts on this. 1. low risk patient, and even if it was a high risk patient, or even a known HIV positive patient, risk of transmission with a needle stick is MINISCULE, most likely not going to happen (i'm at more risk of hepatitis). ((altho if it had been a high risk patient i MIGHT have agreed to the meds, and if it had been HIV positive patient i would DEFINITELY have gone on the meds) 2. my hair is growing back, i'll be DAMNED if i'm going on a medication that can make it fall back out when there isn't a GOOD reason to. 3. side effects of the medications can be so severe that they have to prescribe a SECOND medication to help with them. of course the doctor was able to make me have second, and third thoughts, but i stuck to my guns and refused the meds. of course when i go to employee health on monday, they're going to try to talk me into it all over again.