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HIV and the blood supply
      #168350 - 01/02/06 01:17 AM

Recently I was admitted to the hospital for an injury and had to receive blood because of it. That was a little over 3 months ago. Although I do realize that the blood supply rarely contains infected blood, I did get an HIV test anyway. When I went, the doctor told me to get tested out until 6 months. I tried to refute that and said that I was pretty sure the window period was only 3 months, but nonetheless she insisted it was 6. So assuming the test comes back negative, what do you think my next move should be? Should I assume myself to be negative? Any reason why I should get tested out to 6 months? Any idea why the doctor might think it's 6 months?

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Re: HIV and the blood supply new
      #168421 - 01/03/06 12:09 AM

I assume you are in the US. In that context it is EXTREMELY unlikely that you could be infected via the blood supply, given the stringent screening that goes on. As far as I am aware, testing in these circumstances is not medically recommended nor necessary. Think of the literally thousands of operations ongoing every day...if there was any real risk, infected people would be popping up everywhere. But they don't.

Your doctor is wrong. Not all doctors are up-to-date on everything. The CDC (and numerous other bodies such as the WHO) all consider 3 months as a definitive time line for testing, even if you were at real risk. The chance of a late seroconvertion beyond this date is miniscule and is generally considered to be restricted to very special groups (i.e. transpant or cancer patients on immunosuppressant drugs and long-term intravenous drug users).

If you test again, you will be worrying about a infinitessimal possibility multiplied by a minisculely small chance....you would do better to worry about being run over by a space ship from the planet Nepture on your way to work tomorrow. It is more likely.

Relax.

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Re: HIV and the blood supply new
      #168442 - 01/03/06 02:57 AM

What an analogy about the space ship from planet Neptune....lol Yes the chances as I see it is very very very minimal that you will get infected..
I just came after getting my results from CDC, I tested at 5 weeks and he said 90% I am fine. 3 months is the final testing that gives hundred % and it is coming from local aids project funded by the DOH.
Andy

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Re: HIV and the blood supply new
      #168444 - 01/03/06 03:24 AM

Hahaha thanks I appreciate the help from the both of you, especially the analogy

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