Anonymous
Sir, i was exposed with a razor which was used before me and i saw a drop of blood on it
i have heard that hiv and hcv delays each others window period, i took a rna pcr test for hcv and duo test for hiv at 28 days and both were negative but i read on thebody.com that during acute infection hcv rna pcr is not conclusive as virus goes up and down rapidly, i again took an hiv duo at 6 weeks which was negative
1.Do you think coinfection delays window period?
2.with above tests do you think that i am free with these infection 100% ?
3.what is the appropriate time to take a test duting coinfection?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.

First of all, you would not be at risk for HIV from the razor with a drop of blood on it. HIV is a very weak virus and dies once exposed to air. HIV is only acquired from human to human contact and must come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV- individual. There is only one exception to this which is sharing needles. The reason being is that HIV+ blood remaining in the barrel of the syringe is air tight and therefore creates an atmosphere in which HIV can remain alive and is transferable to another individual.

As far as Hepatitis C is concerned, this virus can live on a razor blade for up to 72 hours. Since you do not have a co-infection, the window period for Hepatitis C is 12 weeks. Although the Hep C test you took at 28 days is a very good indicator that you have not acquired HCV, I would encourage you to discuss this with your health care professional, as well as being retested at 12 weeks (3 months) post-exposure for conclusive results.

I trust I have addressed your concerns however, should further information be required, feel free to contact us again.

In good health,

Jonathan, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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