Healthcare Notification and Testing Toolkit


This toolkit provides a framework for use by state and local health departments for public notification as part of public health response to possible bloodborne pathogen exposures in a variety of healthcare settings.

Note: Bloodborne Pathogens Testing

In the event of a notification, recommendations for bloodborne pathogen screening may be included depending upon the risk of transmission. CDC staff are always available for consultation including discussion of testing algorithms for specific notification settings.

Please note that if potential exposures are less than six months earlier than the date of serologic screening, re-testing at a date greater than six months after last exposure is warranted in order to identify recent infections that have not yet become serologically detectable. 

Suggested tests may vary according to the recency and likelihood of exposure and typically include:

NOTE: Revisions are pending. In the interim, please see

PEPline guidanceexternal icon
Testing Recommendations for the Exposed Person (HCV) pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages]external icon