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Offline seenitall

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hiv exposure
« on: November 09, 2009, 12:02:39 PM »
Hi There! I have read many of the posts on this forum but none of them really address the question I have here:


Three times over the past year, I have been pricked by something sharp while sitting on a piece of furniture. Twice was at a dance club, and once at a movie theatre. I know that "HIV infecting madmen" do not exist, but two of the times this happened it did draw blood from me.

Am I at risk? Thank you for the reassurance in advance!
« Last Edit: November 09, 2009, 12:10:08 PM by seenitall »

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Re: Needle prick transmission
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2009, 12:31:34 PM »
Seen,

No, you haven't been at risk for hiv infection. Hiv transmission via needlesticks is actually quite rare and it has never happened outside a medical setting. There have only been around 100 documented cases of needlestick transmission in the US since this pandemic began, which is a very low number when you consider that needlestick accidents are the highest reported workplace accidents in the medical community. In every case, the needlestick happened immediately after the needle had been in the patient. The needles were never lying around. Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is NOT transmitted from objects in the environment, including discarded needles.

Along with reading the Transmission Lesson linked to in our
Welcome Thread, here's what you need to be doing in order to remain hiv negative:


You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through all three condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO TEST OVER THESE "STICKS", anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results. Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Ann
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Offline seenitall

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Re: Needle prick transmission
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2009, 02:02:54 PM »
Thankyou Ann, I have always been sure to be aware of my HIV status, and get tested once yearly.

I already was kinda sure I was in the clear but I'm just a hypochondriac, I suppose.

Thankyou for the reassurance, keep it up, you guys are doing a really good job helping people like me.  :D

Offline seenitall

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hiv exposure
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2010, 08:27:39 PM »
i had unprotected sex with a male who did not ejaculate inside me (im female) about 11 weeks ago. stupid, i know but i finally broke down at about 8 weeks and got tested. my question is the test i got was the 10 minute test at planned parenthood and i was negative so should this be definitive? thankyou

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Re: hiv exposure
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2010, 03:21:16 AM »
 Please do not start a new thread every time you have another question or thought - regardless if you think your questions are related to each other or not. It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Additional threads will be merged.

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Re: hiv exposure
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2010, 07:56:48 AM »
Seen,

I've merged your new thread into your original thread - where you should post all your additional thoughts or questions. It helps us to help you when you keep all your additional thoughts or questions in one thread. It doesn't matter how long it has been since you last posted in your thread or if the subject matter is different.

If you need help finding your thread when you come here, click on the "Show own posts" link under your name in the left-hand column of any forum page.

Please also read through the Welcome Thread so you can familiarize yourself with our Forum Posting Guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.





The window period for hiv testing is three months. The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks, with the average time to seroconversion being only 22 days. A six week (or more) negative result is highly unlikely to change, but must be confirmed at the three month point.

So yes you do need to test again to confirm your negative result, but I do not expect it to change. Another rapid test would be fine as they are approved tests.

I suggest you start carrying a few condoms in your bag or jacket so you don't end up having unprotected intercourse again. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Don't forget to test for the other, more easily transmitted STIs as well. Some, like chlamydia, can be present without symptoms, especially in women. Chlamydia is on the rise in young adults and unnoticed, untreated chlamydia is a leading cause of infertility in women. Get checked out!

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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