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Got tested and came back negative but have symtoms
Mar 20, 2013

Hi, I'm asking my question from South Africa. I had an exposure to a hiv positive persons blood. The blood came into contact with my hand on intact skin on my finger, I only noticed the blood later once it had dried. I may have picked my nose in the time before realizing I had the blood on my hand. My doctor put me on combivir as pep. 2 weeks after completing pep and therefor 45 days after exposure I got the hiv1 pcr quantitative test done and result was negative. After extreme anxiety and stress I am not showing sign of infection with sore ears and throat and swollen lymphnodes infront of my ears. Could I be infected with hiv? Are the symtoms something to worry about or could it just be by coincidence? Must I retest at 90 days? Thank you for all you do as info in S.A is limited

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

I do not think you need to retest. The risk of transmission was extremely low. Intact skin is an effective barrier against HIV.

In health,

Richard



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