TELL ME NO !
Mar 22, 2002
On Aug 30, 2001, I had a needle stick from a hiv+ patient. I didn't see any visible blood on the needle. I tested myself on March 8,2002. The results were negative. Please tell me they will stay this way if I haven't been in contact with any other exposure after August 30, 2002. Thanks
Response from Mr. Kull
HIV antibody testing is considered accurate three or more months after exposure. In some cases, when a person has a definite exposure to HIV and manifests symptoms of HIV infection, testing at six months would be recommended. Since you were tested almost one year after exposure, you would be considered HIV negative by all standards.
Transmission through an accidental needle puncture is a rare event. One source estimates a .3% risk of HIV infection after a needlestick exposure to HIV-infected blood. See Needle stick for more information.
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