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Offline Psychomatic

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Is this possible
« on: October 04, 2009, 08:49:50 AM »
 ???So here goes?
I went for testing at different VCT centre at 4,6 and 9 weeks which were all negative. But at one centre the services were free the one where I did the 6 weeks test. Thus I started having paranoia that they may have re-used there lancets which are like silver or steel blades non retractable. The duration between my test and the person before me was approximately 30 mins, so due to this paranoia i started pricking myself with a needle and trying to gauge how risky it was, well almost all pricks i did not see blood on the needle when i pricked myself but when i squeezed the prick wound blood came out and when i placed the needle on the blood it stuck to it and dried within 10mins. So here goes assuming the worst, there was blood on the needle and i went in 30 mins later what is my risk?

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Re: Is this possible
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009, 09:13:39 AM »

You didn't have a risk. Just because the testing was free doesn't mean they re-use lancets. They don't. Even if they did, you didn't have a risk. Hiv is a fragile virus that quickly becomes damaged and unable to infect when it is outside the human body and in the environment. NO RISK.

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Offline Psychomatic

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Re: Is this possible
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2009, 09:23:31 AM »
Thanks Ann,

I am trying to deal with the anxiety, and phobia and it has led me to start thinking wild and unwarranted thoughts. Well the thing is the counselor was nice and we discussed and laughed together, but i keep having this unwarranted thoughts that he may have intentionally infected me which i know is wrong to think, but what if the lancet had fresh blood what is then the risk?

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Re: Is this possible
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 09:35:21 AM »
OK. This is the situation. You are consumed with a what ifs and fears over a situation which is all about fears and nothing based in HIV science facts. You never even mentioned why you decided to get tested to begin with so I don't know if you ever even had an actual risk that warranted testing. I daresay not given how you are coming up with self-manufactured fears about the testing itself.

You were not at risk in the situation you have described. If you are really unable to let go of this unwarranted concern then you need to talk with therapist or other professional and deal with this problem in a more serious way. We can't help you with that in this setting. There's nothing more we can add.

I'm going to warn you early on that you will very quickly find yourself getting a Time Out for 28 days if you continue to return about this non-risk situation.

Get yourself some serious professional help to address your problem. 
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Offline Psychomatic

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Re: Is this possible
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2009, 10:00:34 AM »
Thanks Andy,

My original risk factor was unprotected oral sex on a woman(cunnilingus) but protected vaginal sex. But am still in the window period so I dont know how accurate my 9 weeks test is? The lady assured me she is negative but I have trust issues and am not the only one you guys also say do not trust a person word of his/her status.
And thus enters the paranoia I am now displaying for the lancet issue.

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Re: Is this possible
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2009, 10:42:25 AM »
Whether the woman in question is HIV+ or not is irrelevant. Giving oral is only a theoretical risk for HIV transmission. In the real world of HIV it doesn't happen that way.

You are only theoretically in the window period since you didn't have a real risk. There was/is no need for testing. If you decide to test again it's only for your peace of mind. Getting another negative result is a slam dunk as far as I see it.
Andy Velez


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