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.
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