A nurse has tested negative for HIV after a recent exposure to contaminated blood. Which of the following is correct?

Repeat the test in 6 months.

Explanation

• False negatives may occur during the first 3 weeks to 6 months after exposure. This occurs because measurable antibodies to HIV seroconversion have not yet been produced. A repeat test should be done in 6 months

• A negative test result does not indicate the absence of disease immediately after exposure

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