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Offline Henry M

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Please help, really worried
« on: August 14, 2011, 06:50:53 AM »
Please help. I had a routine finger prick test for HIV 3 weeks ago and the last couple of days I have been worried that I've somehow contracted HIV from the test, either from a contaminated needle, from the nurse having handled infected blood just before seeing me and some blood somehow getting on to the test needle, or from touching contaminated surfaces in the clinic while my finger was still bleeding slightly after the test. I am a complete mess  Didn't sleep a single wink last night and I feel absolutely terrible. I've also been getting weird white patches in my mouth which it turns out from the doctor is oral thrush which I'm told can be an early symptom of HIV. Do you think I could have been infected this way??

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Re: Please help, really worried
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011, 07:22:41 AM »
Henry,

You're not going to become infected from taking an hiv test. Nobody has ever been infected this way and you are not going to be the first.

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Offline Henry M

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Re: Please help, really worried
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011, 07:50:50 AM »
Many thanks for your swift response Ann, I feel a little more at ease now

Offline Henry M

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Re: Please help, really worried
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 02:59:48 PM »
Really sorry but just had a massive panic attack :( Are you sure it's ok? Sorry.

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Re: Please help, really worried
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2011, 11:02:30 AM »
Anyone? I just need to know that I'm absolutely fine and if i'm worrying needlessly. Didn't get any sleep last night and can't eat anything.I am a total wreck :( please help me someone

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Re: Please help, really worried
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011, 11:10:12 AM »
As you have been told, you cannot get infected by getting an HIV test. Thats like getting pregnant from taking a pregnancy test.

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Offline Henry M

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Re: Please help, really worried
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 12:00:01 PM »
I'm just worried that some infected blood from a past patient could have somehow got on the nurse's hand or the needle of the fingerprick device that was pricked into my skin.And also touching infected surfaces in the clinic while my finger was still slightly bleeding.Could this happen?Am I just being paranoid and irrational?

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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2011, 12:11:03 PM »
Henry,

Hiv is NOT transmitted from objects in the environment, including the lances used to draw a drop of blood for testing.

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.

And to answer your specific question, YES, you are being extremely paranoid and irrational. You need to realise there are hiv positive people everywhere and you have most certainly touched things that an hiv positive person has touched before you. If hiv were as easily transmitted as you seem to imagine, everyone would have had it by now, just like everyone has had the common cold at least once in their lives.

I would imagine that you tested for hiv over some other non-risk event. Unless you have been having unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse then you haven't been at risk.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse and you will avoid hiv infection. IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE!!!
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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

Offline Henry M

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Re: Please help, really worried
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 01:47:12 PM »
Thank you so much Ann, I will seek no further assurance and probably need to focus on my anxiety problems which I'm pretty sure are at the root of all this.

I've looked around the site and the forum and it is clear that you are all doing absolutely excellent work here and I hope the site continues to give people advice, hope, reassurance and most of all, show that they are not alone and can continue to life fulfilled and happy lives. I hope it continues to grow and thrive.

Thanks again and keep up the excellent work, you seem to be making a real difference.

All the best,

Henry

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Re: Please help, really worried
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2011, 06:35:20 AM »
Henry,

Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated.

If unwarranted hiv fears continue to plague you, I suggest you seek out a therapist before it gets out of control.

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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