Nov 24, 2013
Dear Dr. HIV rapid strip test after 8 days of exposure is was negative! and how long i have to wait for the exposure of hiv infected blood to broken skin without PEP. It is antibodies test. Thank you very much . And which test is the most favourable to know earlier if infected and he most accurate ? Thank alot.
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi A few things to talk about here. 1st regarding testing, the guidelines are to be tested initially 3 weeks after possible exposure and then again at 90 days and as long as there are no other exposures during this time the results are considered conclusive. The second is in regard to your HIV transmission. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. Depending on the exposure of the broken skin the risk of HIV transmission in this manner is very rare. HIV once it leaves the body begins to die and becomes unable to infect. If you are still wanting testing any of the test out there that are approved are all very accurate. Beyond receiving a rapid test you could get a lab draw and get a PCR which is a viral load. This test is expensive and really not warranted unless the rapid test comes back positive.
Hope this helps Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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