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Autoimmune disorder & PEP
Jul 14, 2013

Hello Dr Young,

Thanks for all the work you do on this forum!

I had an exposure 1st December 2012 and undergone 28 days of PEP. Tested 4 weeks and 12 weeks (90 days - March 2013) post completion of PEP and results were negative. I am now 6 months post exposure - and having trouble finding info on the following questions:

I have an autoimmune disease (for the past 10 years) - does a autoimmune disease such as Chrohns / Colitis affect a HIV testing window? After PEP?

I also had major bowel surgery in January 2013, will that have had any impact on the testing window? Or any tests taken?

I have now developed a rash on my hands and arms. I believe this is too late to be related to HIV?

I just want to ensure I require no further testing... And my last test was definitive?

Your answers are greatly appreciated! Many thanks!

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

There's no reason to believe that your surgery or inflammatory bowel disease affects the accuracy of HIV testing, particularly since done 3 months after exposure.

Given this, rash at this point not related to acute HIV infection; indeed, there are dozens of other possibilities.

I hope that helps, BY

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