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nwo:
Well, I know that I am being irrational about this but my mind doesnt seem to stop about the what ifs and all this shit....I recently had an HIV test done and it came back negative. I didnt have a real risk to begin with but I did the test just to make sure and as part of routine testing for being sexually active. The thing is that now I am not worried about my sexualk incidents but about the testing itself. When I had the test done I didnt pay attention to the lab specialist and didnt observe whether a new needle was used or no.

Asuming that a used needle was used, is there a chance of getting HIV this way?? I mean the last patient to be tested was about 15 minutes earlier to my test, is this enough time for the virus to be inactive??

Please answer my irrational questions and put my mind to ease :)

Ann:
nwo,

There is no way on earth an hiv testing facility would re-use needles. Not one person has been infected through getting an hiv test and you will not be the first.

Ann

nwo:
thanks Ann for your reply

I know that they will not use the same needle intentionally, but what if by mistake or they forgot to change it....will it be any risk considering that there was quite a time difference between me and the guy before me

Ann:
nwo,

No, no risk.

I would like to suggest that you seek the assistance of a mental health care professional to help you deal with this anxiety of yours. We cannot offer you counseling on this forum, you must see someone face-to-face.

Ann

nwo:
yeah, I guess I will need counselling with this as the issue is still worrying me..

Anyway, thanks for your help Ann, you guys are doing a great job on these forums.

nwo

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