HIV TESTING AND BLOOD BORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURES GUIDELINES
• The Medical Consult Resident performs HIV testing only on patients and any staff currently on the Medicine Service.
• If Med Consult is called to perform HIV testing on patients on other services, inform the providers on the requesting service that the Med Consult Resident can meet with them to provide them a short instructional session on how to conduct the testing but that the providers on the requesting service will perform the actual testing. The Med Consult Resident does not perform any HIV testing for patients who are not on the Medicine service.
• NO rapid HIV testing is done on ANY floor for exposures. You must follow the guidelines below.
What to do if you are exposed:
2. After hours (weekdays 5pm to 9am and weekends) go immediately to the Emergency Department.
3. The paper work you will need and FAQs
If you are having anxiety or other emotions about the experience that are troublesome for you, which is very natural and common, you should reach out to a chief medical resident, the chief medical resident on call, a program director, Employee Health Services, or a friend. There are many who have gone through the experience of an exposure, and most people find it very helpful and comforting to "talk things out."