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Dr. Bob please help clarify this!!!
Jul 28, 2003

Dr. Bob,

Outstanding is your advice!!! We value everything you teach us about hiv! Thanks a ton! Confused about recent guidelines to hiv testing, that 3 months is conclusive. I suffered needlestick exposure with now known to be positive individual. Don't know when i have to test out to 3, 6, 12 or two years? Dont know also what tests to recieve. Please advise. Recieved no PEP because found out status too late. Only symptom to date is constant sinus. Please advise. Please stay healthy!

Love

Angelo

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Angelo,

ELISA (antibody) tests out to 6 months for significant exposures are currently recommended by the CDC. The average risk of transmission after a needlestick exposure to HIV-infected blood is estimated to be 0.3% (1 in 300), so the odds are very much in your favor that you did not contract the virus. Good luck. We'll all be rooting for you!

Dr. Bob



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