HIV testing at 6 weeks and blood in eye (3rd time asking)
May 10, 2012
Thursday night at 230 a friend of mine, who got a tattoo in prison, started bleeding on his knuckle we were both drunk so Im not sure if I would've come into contact with his blood. My questions are 1) If I got home at 6 and touched my eyes without washing my hands could I get HIV this way? 2) how accurate is a regular blood drawn HIV test at 6 weeks?
Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there- This would be a very unlikely way to get HIV. Any blood on your friends hand would have dried and thus HIV been killed in the 4 hours you describe. If you remain worried you can certainly get tested for HIV. By 4 weeks after the encounter, antibodies to HIV are typically detected by standard HIV tests. Take care, LHW
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