I had a possible HIV exposure - I was stuck by a needle and it drew blood. I have reason to think the person that used the needle was HIV positive. I started taking methylprednisolone 3 days prior to the incident due to a shingles outbreak and took it for 6 days - I took 6,5,4,3,2,1 per day of 4 mg strength. I took an HIV 3rd generation antibody test at 4 months after the exposure. Going through the internet, including Dr. Hook, I've read that prednisone may delay the HIV antibody from showing up on the test. Did I wait long enough - 4 months - to get a conclusive result of negative. Should I test again at 6 months? Thank you Dr Hansfield and Dr Hook for your support.
Welcome to the Forum. You are correct, steroid medications can delay the development of antibodies however the delaying effect resolves once a person stops taking the prednisone. If you had HIV your brief, six day course might have slightly delayed development of antibodies but not much. Your 4 month test result is completely reliable and should be believed. There is no reason to worry further about this exposure and no reason for further testing. EWH
I was reminded last night that while I was in Italy last fall I cut my finger and went to a pharmacy and they gave me an antibiotic cream and either an antibiotic pill or steroid pill to take. My test for the HIV antibody was 20 days after this. Can I still count on the reliability of the HIV Test I took? Thank You.
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