PEP Tips: Exposed Patient Testing

PEP SyringePEP Tip: Exposed Patient Testing

The 2013 CDC occupational guidelines state that when the source patient is HIV-positive or of unknown status, the testing of the exposed patient should consist of: HIV Ab test at baseline, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, and 24 weeks after an exposure.

If the clinician knows that a 4th generation HIV p24 antigen-HIV Ab test is available, testing can be done at baseline, 6 weeks, and 16 weeks.

Reference: Updated, U. S. (2001). Public Health Service guidelines for the management of occupational exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and recommendations for postexposure prophylaxis. MMWR Recomm Rep, 50(1), p. 883, Box 2.

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