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A question on different countries guidelines
Nov 13, 2009

Hi Doc,

I had a non-occupational exposure and undertook a pep course and next week im in for my 3 months HIV test. I live in England UK and the clinic who treated me insructed that the 3 month test would be conclusive. So as you've guessed i took a little peek on the internet (spent hours if not days looking) and have found different countries have different guidelines. So my question is, do I just stick to my clinics guidelines or should I point out to them these differences and demand retests at later dates? Is that the UK tests are better than 'some' other countries with stricter guidelines and I should listen to what they advise?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

For HIV exposures significant enough to warrant a course of PEP, I would stick with the current CDC guidelines and get post-PEP HIV-antibody tests at six weeks, three months and six months.

Dr. Bob



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