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« on: July 16, 2022, 03:48:33 am »
Hello,
This is my exposure, I'm a healthcare worker. In 2020 I had a needle stick injury and followed all the guildlines. I took pep after the 20 mins after exposure and completed it.unfortunately SP was hiv positive and he is now on meds. but my tests at basline, 3 weeks ,6 weeks, 3months,6months were all negative, all test were Rapid HIV tests, Due to limited heath care facilities we don' t have standard ELISA lab tests. In privet sector we do have ELISA but expensive.And my recent HIV test which is also rapid HIV test is negative I tested again because I have  bleeding on my gums when brushing and some white stuff on my inner cheeks every morning it can be wiped out with finger.My questions are
1.I have read many articles saying that standard elisa should be taken for occupational exposures. Should I do ELISA lab test ?
2. My last rapid test was 2 years after the incident. Are those rapid test inconclusive?
Please answer anexity is killing me.

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Re: Need Help
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2022, 03:55:44 am »
Hiya,

The results you have are considered conclusive.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Need Help
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2022, 09:23:29 am »
Hello, Thanks for the reply. 
All my test were not lab test, all were finger pricked rapid tests.My doctor said that I shouldnt worry. But I need reassurance. How reliable these rapid test in my situation?
Why do many articles say that test the exposed person with standard ELISA lab test in such situation like mine(occupational exposure ). So that means rapid test are not reliable in this situation ? I have been living with anexity for months. What about my symptoms. I cant hold this anexity.




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Re: Need Help
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2022, 09:45:32 am »
Hiya,

Fully understood that these were not lab tests. The results you have are considered conclusive, and I agree with your doctor.

Best. Jim
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Re: Need Help
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2022, 09:51:43 am »
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Why do many articles say that test the exposed person with standard ELISA lab test in such situation like mine(occupational exposure ).

Simple, standard ELISA is going to pick up on HIV sooner than a rapid test, and it's widely available within healthcare settings and therefore presumed to be on hand. This does not mean rapid testing can't be used as long as it's clearly outside the window period + 30 days due to the PEP.
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