|ARS and seroconversion
Mar 13, 2014
My exposure was on 12/26 I found out my friend was HIV+ about 40hrs after we had a 10 minutes heterosexual intercourse. She was taking some pills and found out it was Atripla which I read is a HIV medicine. That's basically how I knew she was positive. I went to the ER pretty much right away and was prescribed and given my first dose of COMBIVIR. I took the medicine with complete adherence for 28 days. Nothing much during those 28 days, except a light nausea and fatigue. I completed PEP on 01/25. On Wednesday 01/29, I had a cold (cough, fever 38F, dry cough, headache), no rash, no lymph nodes. I also want to mention that I live in Minnesota, and the average temperature at the time was about -12, and a few colleagues also had symptoms of flu. My symptoms didn't last long (about 5 days) except the dry cold which lasted about 2 weeks. I tested negative on a lab antibody test (Elisa I believe) at 7 days post exposure, then negative again at 6 weeks post exposure (2 weeks post PEP). Do you think testing negative to Elisa at 13 post exposure can be considered conclusive?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting your PEP question.
Yes, testing anytime after 12 weeks of exposure is considered definite.
Be well, BY
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