|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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