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How Long After Possible Exposure Should I Get Tested

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Testing four years after possible exposure

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am a female who had unprotected sex with a man who I was later told was HIV + (but not by him). I went to Planned Parenthood in MA four years later and took a test, it came back negative, but just to be sure I took a home access three months... Read more »

Possible exposure to HIV/STDS?

Posted by James3, 1 Reply
Possible HIV/STD exposure
Hello everyone, I was in a situation recently that has given me some concern about possible HIV/STD exposure.

I am a male, always been with women but decided I wanted to try something with another guy. I met him online, and... Read more »

Possible exposure

Posted by MikeyTheSailor, 3 Replies
Last night, I had been drinking with some friends. I was on my way home when I picked up a random girl off the street. We engaged in protected intercourse however, the condom ended up breaking. Her HIV status is unknown but I asked her and she said... Read more »

Stressing over possible exposure

Posted by Joeymac3, 1 Reply
Hi, so I may have been exposed to someone that was HIV +. I had sex with this person on 10/4. We had oral (my giving, unprotected) and anal (me receiving, unprotected). The anal did not go very long, it was my first time, and he only got it in a... Read more »

Possible exposure and ARS symptoms questions

Posted by dot1974, 1 Reply
Hi there,

I had a potential risky exposure two and a half weeks ago. I am a gay male and another male tried to penetrate me anally. I could feel there were trying to push in (it was a little sore) but it wasn't full penetration as I'm not a... Read more »
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Possible Occupational Exposure and Testing

Hi - I am a police officer from Australia.17 days ago I attended a car accident where a female passenger in the car received some cuts/scratches to her knuckles in the accident. Her fingers were bleeding quite lightly. After speaking with the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Anxious Officer,Your HIV-transmission risk is nonexistent. HIV testing is not warranted or necessary. Gosh, if HIV were that contagious, it would have wiped out the planet long ago! You certainly do have a problem, but that problem is not HIV.... Read more »

How long after exposure should one be tested?

Could you please tell me how long after possible exposure, one should be tested for Hepatitis A B & C. How long before they show up on the tests?Thank you....
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Most of these viruses will make detectable antibodies in 6-12 weeks, but like HIV it can take as long as 6 months. If one wants to make a diagnosis of acute infection,then the PCR viral tests must be done before the antibodies turn positive. DTD... Read more »

Possible Exposure

Hi Doc.Last year I tested negative for HIV for some blood test for my insurance company. About three months later, I went on vacation with some friends of mine and I accidently used one of my friends toothbrushes. I don't what his status is....
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Even though it is not recommended that HIV negative individuals share a toothbrush with an HIV positive person, the risk of HIV transmission through a toothbrush is quite low.It is not recommended that HIV positive individuals share their... Read more »

Possible exposure 10 years ago?

I had unprotected sex with a partner 10 years ago. I haven't ever had any of the common AIDS symptoms, but yet i'm still concerned. The only thing that concerns me is that I have one lymph node on the right side of my neck that has been...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
You are obviously concerned and a negative HIV test would put your concerns to rest; I would encourage you to get an HIV test even though I think you are not HIV infected; JLS.... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Testing for HIV

Should I get tested? How long after a possible exposure should I wait to get tested? How do HIV tests work? What are the different HIV screening tests available in the United States? If I test HIV negative, does that mean that my sex partner... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wisconsin Clinic Warns of Possible Disease Exposure

The Madison-based Dean Clinic announced Monday that it is seeking to contact 2,345 patients to advise they get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C. Between 2006 and two weeks ago, a nurse employed by the clinic was improperly reusing insulin... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York: Lawrence Hospital Surgery Patients Warned of Possible Hepatitis, HIV Exposure

Ten surgery patients of Lawrence Hospital Center (LHC) in Bronxville are being notified of the need to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C due to improperly cleaned equipment. The state Department of Health said the hospital reported... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Lowering the Risk of HIV After Sex or Other Exposure

Post-exposure prophylaxis -- or PEP for short -- has long been used to minimize the chance of HIV infection among healthcare workers exposed to the virus (primarily through accidental needlestick injuries). 1-3 It is also generally available in... Read more »