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Is Repeat Testing Warranted?
Jul 16, 2011

Dear Dr Barabara,

I received a -ve HIV and -HCV (both antibody tests) after 5-1/2 months of potential exposure (held hands with a CSW with a hangnail, so paranoid me felt maybe if her hands were bleeding, her blood could have seeped into my hangnail).

Now I have read even in answers given by you that HCV antibodies can take 6 months to develop at times, which in turn may delay seroconversion for HIV.

In such a situation, do you warrant repeat testing?

Thank You very much


Response from Dr. McGovern

No I would not recommend any further testing

HEP C transmission through semen in the eye
prick by a syringe used to a patient positive in hepatitis B

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