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occupational exposure to body fluids

I was splashed in the eye at work yesterday with bloody pleural fluid. The pt tested negative on the rapid HIV test. I was wondering how likely it is that the pt is in the window period for HIV and my chances of contracting it. My employee health...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,The chances your patient was within the window period and transmitted HIV to you via an occupational splash of bloody pleural fluid into your eye is extremely remote. However this Read more »

2nd Generation Rapid Test and Window Period

Dr. BobAfter making a mistake on the number of days since an episode of unprocted vaginal sex with... Read more »

Meds and testing??

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... ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Window Period Interpretation of Test Results Accuracy of Antibody Tests Anonymous HIV Testing ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

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...with HIV, it usually takes from three weeks to two months for your immune system to produce HIV antibodies. During this "window period" you can test negative for HIV even if you are infected. If you think you were exposed to HIV, you should wait... Read more »
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...is because the immune system can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to make antibodies. If you are tested in this "window period," you may get an unclear result or a false negative. There is another type of test called the RNA test, which... Read more »
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Rapid test

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...Mass says 6 week window period for a hiv blood test but 3 months for a rapid test. I thought they [rapid test] was the same sensitivity. I think its just the Read more »

Massachusetts Window Period question

Posted by SteveR, 2 Replies
...Hi all, Several people have mentioned that the window period in Massachusetts is 6 weeks. But when I look at the Massachusetts Department of Health Web site, this is what it says: "The antibody Read more »

rapid tests vs. ELISA (Dr. Bob's answer!!)

Posted by JillianB, 2 Replies
...from people who tested negative via the rapid test but positive via the ELISA, around the same time and outside of the window period. Now I am TERRIFIED of a false-negative results. Should I be happy with my results or do I have cause for... Read more »