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Jun 1, 2001

Hi Dr. Feinberg. I would really appreciate an answer as I have done a lot of research and have been unable to find one. Ten days after what would be considered a low risk encounter by CDC guidelines, I donated blood and have not heard back any bad news from the Red Cross.(This was several months ago.) Nevertheless, I am nervous. My question is, can I assume that I am HIV negative?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

No, you cannot assume that since 10 days post-exposure would have been too soon for the screening blood test to pick up HIV. Even though you say this was a "low-risk" exposure, if you are concerned enough to be asking questions on this website, then YOU DID A VERY IMMORAL THING IN USING BLOOD DONATION TO SEE IF YOU HAVE HIV. IF YOU INDEED ARE HIV-INFECTED AFTER ALL, YOU HAVE EXPOSED SOME UNTOLD NUMBER OF OTHER INDIVIDUALS TO HIV. Frankly, I'm disgusted. You should be ashamed of yourself.

using condom with spouse
Could this be shingles

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