I had an accident this summer with a patient when giving wound treatment. A curette penetrated latex glove that I was wearing and caused a small injury to my index finger. It never bled and I cleaned it immediately. The patient was tested for HIV and hepatitis 3 months ago and tests were negative and no risk behavior in general.
However I want to be sure and was wondering how accurate this HIV ECLIA test would be after 5 weeks of contamination?
Hi there and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
The HIV ECLIA (Electrochemiluminescence immunoassay) test is a 3rd Generation test that looks for antibodies in the blood. The World Health Organization and international guidelines consider HIV antibody tests definitive and completely accurate at 12 weeks (3 months) post exposure. That being said, 95% of infections are detectable with 4-6 weeks and most people develop antibodies in 21-25 days (approximately 3 weeks). Therefore, a test at 5 weeks is a good indicator of your status, however, a follow-up test at 12 weeks would be needed for completely conclusive results.
It is also important to note that one needs to be in contact with HIV+ fluids in order for HIV to be transmitted. If the patient was tested for HIV 3 months ago and it was a negative result, then unless they acquired HIV very recently (ie. within the past 3 months), there is no possibility of acquiring HIV.
I hope this helps answer your question, and if you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us again.
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