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Official guidelines concerning recommendation around testing post PEP are lacking in most countries, provinces, states and regions in general. Because not enough is known for certain about how PEP may or may not affect the body's normal ability to produce antibodies, should the medication fail and infection occurs, testing guidelines around when to test post PEP vary greatly.
Here at the Helpline, we follow what has been recommended by the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS which is to test before the use of PEP to ensure there is no existing HIV infection, testing at 3 months post PEP and 6 months post PEP. Therefore, if the PCR test was taken 3 months post PEP, we consider this test to be extremely reliable (accuracy of 99.6%).
It may put your mind at ease to know that in all of the cases of high risk exposure & where PEP was administered, the BC Center for Excellence has never seen a case where an individual tested negative 3 months post exposure or post PEP that later tested positive without any additional high risk exposures.
Please feel free to write back with any additional questions you may have at this time. I have also included a link with additional information on PEP.
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