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Offline Goingmadwithfear

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Very concerned about infection
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:07:16 PM »
Hi Everyone,

Last Friday (28th Feb 2014) I went to the gym as per usual.
Whilst I was about to start a treadmill session, I felt a sharp pain on my finger, like I had been pricked with something. I had, it was from the safety pin that was attached to the locker key, someone had forgot to fasten it back. I did see a slight prick mark which I'm not sure was from this but I can't remember seeing blood (or I may have wiped it off unintentionally)

I didn't really take much notice of it at the time and carried on with my session.

The next day, when I woke up, I felt out of sorts and was extremely tired and felt idle, more so than I have ever felt before. I thought I was coming down with a fever or something like that.

On Sunday, same thing as yesterday but I also started to feel of the glands around my neck swelling up.

On Monday, I started feeling the chills, felt slightly feverish with the glands still feeling inflamed/swollen. I also felt slight joint/muscle pain and a slight sore throat.

All these symptoms carried on until Friday (7th Mar 2014), around 5am  on Saturday morning I woke up drenched in sweat, so much so that I had to turn over the duvet as one side was uncomfortable to sleep under. An hour after falling asleep again, I woke up again, drenched in sweat like before, this was something that I had never experienced before.

So I did a little internet searching and found that all my symptoms that I've been experiencing in the last week were all possible HIV symptoms during the early stages of infection.

I did some thinking, as a celibate male, never taken drugs before and no recollection of any needle stick injury, I thought HIV was not possible.

Then I remembered that the gym was offering free HIV tests due to the high number of gay men that were members at the gym.

Now, I'm not a homophobe and I'm broad minded enough to know that being a gay man does not mean you automatically are HIV+ (I'm 36, work in London in the TV industry, lot's of my colleagues/friends are homosexuals).

But now I have this thought in my head that what if someone was HIV+ accidentally pricked themselves on the safety pin less than a minute before I pricked myself, could I be infected in this method?

I'm usually quite a logical person but this thought is driving me nuts today.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Very concerned about infection
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2014, 07:12:01 PM »
You were never at risk of contracting HIV from a safety pin.

HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.

HIV is transmitted by;
Unprotected penetrative anal and/or vaginal sex
Sharing works with other IV drug users
Mother to child

Offline Goingmadwithfear

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Re: Very concerned about infection
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 08:14:48 PM »
Thanks for the quick reply.

So you wouldn't recommend that I get tested at 3 months as the risk is so remote?

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Re: Very concerned about infection
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2014, 08:16:25 PM »
Thanks for the quick reply.

So you wouldn't recommend that I get tested at 3 months as the risk is so remote?
It is not even remote. No I would not suggest testing.

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Re: Very concerned about infection
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2014, 07:51:10 AM »
Going,

If you're a sexually active adult, you should be having a FULL sexual health check up at least once a year. While you DO NOT need to test over this NO RISK incident at the gym, routine sexual health check ups are what responsible adults do to protect themselves and their sexual partners. It's no different to going to the dentist for regular check ups. You may not have a toothache, but you go anyway.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

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 the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

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. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

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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