I accidentally splashed the blood of an HIV seropositive patient. Which test should I do to know my health status?

Q. What test should be done to determine HIV status after being exposed to an HIV seropositive patient's blood?

Answered by
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 21, 2023 and last reviewed on: Aug 09, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am an intern doctor and I splashed the blood of an HIV seropositive patient while I was trying to flush an IV catheter 20 days back. The patient was on a TLE regimen and was in failure. His CD4 count was 6. I immediately seek assistance and was given the first dose of TLE within 2 hours and was then started on ZL-bd and AR- od. I have been taking my medications sincerely since then. I want to know which test should I get done, since NAT testing results can become equivocal by PEP and will the p24 test be reliable at this point. Or any other test which will let me know for sure about my status. Kindly suggest.



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You have tested with NAT (nucleic acid testing) testing after twenty days of exposure. NAT tests usually give conclusive results within two weeks. So no need to worry and complete 28 days course of PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) treatment. PEP is very effective in preventing HIV. But still, you can get tested for HIV six weeks after exposure by fourth-generation ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) testing. I hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Thank you.

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