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HIV Test After Contact With Blood

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The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

Table of Contents Lab Tests Are Important Tools The Basics Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood Chemistry (Chemistry or Chem Screens) The Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary part of caring for your health. Ifyou are living with HIV (HIV+), lab tests are especially important tools thathelp you and your health care provider keep track of how you are doing in thefollowing areas: Immune...
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Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Eight years? You can get a reliable HIV test after 8 months! If you test negative, that means you were not infected in that encounter, fortunate soul. It's time to move on. Continue to take care of yourself and protect yourself from HIV... Read more »

Can a child contact HIV from a carrier who's "dads friend"? (CASUAL CONTACT, HIV BASICS)

My daughters (5) and her father, is in a relationship with a girl who is a HIV Carrier on medication. Can the virus be given to my child? I want to make sure to protect her from getting it. ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,First of all, there is no such thing as an "HIV carrier." Someone is either HIV positive (infected) or HIV negative (not infected).Next, HIV is not transmitted by casual conduct and you should have no fears about your daughter... Read more »

Infection of HIV/HCV through a saliva-blood contact

Dear doc,Some days ago I did a scratch with small bleeding that got in direct contact with a large amount of saliva from a HIV/HCV potential infected individual. I only cleaned the saliva of the guy with my shirtand half an hour later put some...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I would not necessarily recommend testing for this kind of exposure. If you have anxiety however, testing is always reasonable to relieve tension.... Read more »

Contact with HIV blood on skin

Hi Doctor:My brother is in the late stages of AIDs and while cleaning up quite a bit of dried blood on his forehead, my skin accidently came in contact with some of the blood. I washed it off with soap, however I cannot remember if I had any sores...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Simon,HIV cannot permeate intact skin. Your HIV risk is essentially nonexistent, because the blood was "dried" and the cut, if in fact there was one, was most likely not fresh and/or deep enough to pose a risk. However, if you are... Read more »
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dry blood contact

Posted by Anonymous
Please can someone allay my fears. I went for an HIV test & 20 minutes later on my way home I looked at the palm of my hand it appeared to have a slither of brownish blood not a lot. I licked my finger & rubbed my palm - I inadvertently put... Read more »

Blood Contact - PLEASE HELP!!

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I am absolutely terrified and I need some help on this. My neighbor is HIV+. He had a few scabs on his knuckles and was punching me in the shoulder just to joke around. When I noticed the scabs (not until an hour or so later), I went home and... Read more »

blood contact

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I received a splash of infected blood on my arm while giving first aid to a friend of mine who is hiv+.My skin was intact in that point but I didn't wash it immediately couse I saw it later.I didn't ask for PEP.Am I at risk?
Six months after the... Read more »

Blood Contact

Posted by Whizkid, 1 Reply
the incident i am talking about originally happened 10 weeks ago while i was sitting out in the ground of my university working on my assignment and there a student of the same uni whom i didnt know came to me and ask me for a spare Pen. i gave it... Read more »