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Offline tandee

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Confused???
« on: February 27, 2008, 10:54:18 AM »
I don't want to sound repetitive...I have read the Lessons section on this website and I have also read other topics under "Am I Infected?", but I tested at week 18 post exposure with Home Access and at weeks 25, 29 and 30 with Ora Quick (finger prick) at my local health department all results from the 4 tests were negative.  I spoke with my doctor this past week about my testing and my concern for HIV and she told me that to be 100% sure of my negative status that I would need to retest at 9 months.  I am a healthy 26 year old as far as I know, should I retest at 9 months or should these negative results be conclusive? 

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008, 11:10:00 AM »
You are negative and do not need any further testing.

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008, 01:29:19 PM »
I haven't a clue as to where your doctor pulled that 9 months figure out for testing.

The CDC is quite conservative about this issue and has for quite a while recommended three months as a reliable point for getting a conclusive answer. You've tested negative at well past that point so you are HIV negative. Period. End of story.
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Re: Confused???
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008, 03:02:54 PM »
I'm not sure I'm responding in the correct way as this is a different topic from my post before....two weeks ago i punctured my finger with a contaminated lancet (the entire point penetrated my finger and there was bleeding) that was not properly disposed.  I know a lancet is not the same as a needle...the lancet would have been used within a 4 hour period of my accident.  Is this considered an environmental exposure or is there need for concern.  I don't want to go into panic mode and waste time and money on testing if there is no need.  Thanks. 

Also, I want to thank RapidRod and Andy for their timely response to my question posted in February.   

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008, 03:10:27 PM »
No risk in poking yourself with a lancet.

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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2008, 03:14:14 PM »
Tan,

I agree with Rodney. This wasn't a risk and yes, it is considered an environmental situation. It is NOT an hiv situation. No risk.

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 11:41:19 AM »
I don't know how to start this and I know as soon as you guys read this you will probably scream OCD and all sorts of other things...but I don't know what to do.  I first became HIV OCD after the death of my first husband...I was mad at the world and made a stupid one night decision...all tests came back negative.  My troubles didn't stop there...I began thinking I had HIV every time i was accidentally cut with something that caused bleeding.  Over the past 4 years I have had some where around 40 test and have spent thousands of dollars on testing.  Last July my second husband and I decided to have a baby and I am to give birth within the next 4 weeks...I was doing great overcoming the OCD and fear (I have been to counselors, doctors and was on medication).  This past December all the fears came back when I got a strangers blood on my hand...since then I have had two other fears one due to being stuck with a paper clip and one just yesterday when I used a toothpick that had been in my desk drawer for over a week.  I know you all deal with stupid questions all the time and I even used to read a lot of the topics and think what are these people thinking...why can't they just get over it.  I have became one of those people.  I keep having fears that I am going to become infected (even though I do not put myself in any risky situation at all) and that I will infect my baby.  I know I am probably completely out of line by posting this here...but I honestly have no one to talk to about this and I am so embarrassed by this problem.   

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2011, 12:22:28 PM »
Seek professional help. You are beyond the scope of help any online service can provide.

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2011, 05:02:35 PM »
Nothing you are reporting in anyway suggests that you have a for real HIV issue.

As for your fears and doubts, as Rod has suggested, see a counselor or other professional. We can't help you with that in this setting. All we can say is there is no basis in HIV science for your concerns.
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Re: Confused???
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2011, 08:46:25 AM »
Thanks guys....the sad thing is I have spoken with counselors and was even on medication for a while.  I guess the worse disease some of us will ever have is the battle with mind.  Thanks again for you response. 

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2011, 09:14:47 AM »
Don't give up on getting professional help with your unwarranted fears. Life is too short to be spent in worrying unnecessarily.

We can't address that appropriately in this setting.
Andy Velez

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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2013, 01:13:27 PM »
Hey Guys,

Its been a while since I've visited this post...I have been doing really well with my OCD and seeing a therapist.  Yesterday I had a set back.  I went to a makeup counter and took my 2 year old with me.  I tried two different types of foundation one powder and the other liquid.  The lady behind the counter gave me a sponge with liquid makeup first and I applied that....then she handed me a compact and told me to use that product on my other cheek.  After I applied the liquid foundation I placed the sponge on the counter, so when I picked up the powder foundation I saw a sponge lying on the counter and assumed it was a new sponge...it wasn't.  My 2 year old had picked up my original sponge and I picked up a sponge that had been used by a previous customer....the lady behind the counter apologized for leaving the used sponge on the counter, but by this time I was in melt down mode.  I've been doing so well and thought I could possibly have all this fear behind me.  My questions are:  1.  Does an incident such as this fall into the casual contact or environmental exposure category?  2.  Should I be concerned....i suffer with acne and my face was broken out yesterday as usual? 

I'm sorry to post again, but you guys really do help calm my nerves....I wish I could give each one of you a hug. 

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2013, 01:31:46 PM »
Keep working on your OCD.

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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2013, 08:39:06 AM »
Tandee,

In adults, hiv is transmitted by:

Unprotected anal intercourse.

Unprotected vaginal intercourse.

Sharing drug injecting equipment - ie hollow bore needles, not lancets,

And that's it.

If hiv were as easily transmitted as you imagine, practically everyone in the world would be hiv positive by now. They're not.

Rather than chasing a virus you have not been at risk for, I suggest you seek out a therapist for your OCD problems. We cannot help you with that here.

You will not be permitted to continue posting about your latest no risk situation. If you read the Welcome Thread before posting like you're supposed to, you will have read the following posting guideline:

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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2013, 09:33:52 AM »
Ann,

I don't think I've been posting excessively....each question I've asked has been due to a different situation.  My last post (before the one yesterday was back in 2011).  If you read my last post it was about using a cosmetic sponge that had definitely been used by someone else (the woman behind the makeup counter told me this and she apologized to me.)  I understand the basics of HIV transmission but due to my acne breakout I didn't truly know if there had been blood or any other body fluid on the sponge if this would be cause for concern.  I have also been seeing a therapist since 2011 as also stated in my previous post.  I'm sorry you took this offensive....I've read the welcome post several times...but I don't think casual contact and environmental exposure is as well explained as intercourse, etc.

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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2013, 09:39:25 AM »

I understand the basics of HIV transmission


No, you don't. Not even close. Otherwise you wouldn't have to ask about cosmetic sponges.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies.

Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. For this reason, you would never in a million years become infected with hiv through using a cosmetic sponge someone else had used.

Ann

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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Confused???
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2013, 10:07:08 AM »
By basics I meant...intercourse and sharing needles for drug use.  I know there is a lot of misinformation online and even by doctors...that's why so many people including me post on this website.  I appreciate you responding.  I've only known 1 person with HIV (my uncle) and he committed suicide when I was in high school.  My mama put such a fear of HIV in me - she didn't even want me using the bathroom behind him.  Then when I became older and had my first unprotected intercourse things kind of fell apart in my mind and I've been struggling ever since.  I truly am sorry for any inconvenience I've caused.  Thank you again.     

 


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