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Author Topic: Blood transfusion in a third world country 20 years ago, chances of get HIV?  (Read 614 times)

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Offline AOTS

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First of all, I'm sorry for my bad English, English is not my native language. And thank you for this wonderful and informative site, this Forum truely is the soup for the soul for those who need help and advice, again Thank you!

I born in a third world country before our family refugee to USA.
20 years ago when I was a little girl, at my native country (a third world country), I had a major surgery where I recieved lots of blood transfusion.
At my home country, back then till now both healthcare and economic are not developed as is in the U.S
I have read there are cases about blood transfusion can give you HIV, especially if you in a third world countries where they don't scan blood, or technology not good enough for them to check for the virus.

My blood transfusion is at age 10, now I am 30. I grow up healthy with no sickness, except sneezing and toothache. And one time, I got knock down hard with the H1N1 Flu, but my body fight it off without any medicine help.
I see doctor for annual check up, doctor always give me chemistry panel blood test, just to see how my body function. Those test come out all normal, my red, white blood cell count are all in normal range. But this is just regular blood count test, NOT HIV blood test.

So it is unlikely that I have HIV right? It is necessary to request a specific HIV test?
Let just said if I indeed have HIV without knowing it for 20 years, it is possible for me free of symptoms this long?
Should I just continue living my normal life and not worried about it?

Thank your sir/ma'am for your precious time reply to my question, greatly appreciated.

Offline Jeff G

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Its highly unlikely that you have lived with HIV for 20 years and not known it so I would not not worry too much about 20 years ago and think of today . Many people are infected with HIV for a long time and do not know it but 20 years is extremely unlikely .

If you have ever had unprotected anal or vaginal sex outside of a committed relationship that is mutually monogamous where you have both tested for HIV after 3 months of being magnanimous then HIV testing is the right thing to do ... its the responsible thing for all sexually active people to do .

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!

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AOTS,

Unless you're a thirty year old virgin, as a sexually active adult you should have been tested by now for hiv. It should be part of regular, routine sexual health check ups.

The ONLY way you're ever going to know your hiv status is to test. Please do so - you're long over-due for testing anyway. (And yes, it is totally possible to go twenty years with no obvious symptoms.)

All you need to do is to either go to your doctor and request an hiv antibody test, or go to an hiv testing center. You can test anonymously at many places. You can find a testing center near you by using poz.com's Health Services Directory. Use the box at the top of the page, not the one lower down.

Alternatively, you can buy an in-home Oraquick hiv test at most drug stores in the US.

Provided you test at three months or more since your last incident of unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse, your test result will be conclusive. It will certainly be conclusive concerning the blood transfusion you had years ago.

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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Thank you sir and ma'am for your time reply to me.
I'm going to pour out all my thoughts in this post, since I know the rule about 3 post only.

"Shy", yes I am a 30 year olds virgin. I grow up in traditional Asian family where parents are very strict. I am not a very social person, just school and work and home. I don't have that many friends, maybe due to my English not so good.
Many probably laughing at me, but I have no intention to have sex until I'm married.
So the "sex" part, I should be safe from HIV.
I also do not do drugs, so the needle parts I should be safe too.
I don't drink, I don't smoke.

I ask about my 20 years ago blood transfusion is because rencently I just read a case in India that have many children after received blood they got HIV+, this happened in year 2011 in India, this show how careless hospital in India are.

Also, because I born in a third world country, where we the country is poor, and we don't have the healthcare technology testing like how in USA is.
If my blood transfusion was in USA, I definately won't worried, since I know USA always scan their blood.
But sadly children born in Asia countries like myself don't have access to good healthcare like how the west is.

So should I still get tested? Maybe I just worried too much. Internet is messing up with my mind due to I read so many cases about HIV+ blood transfusion in third world countries.


« Last Edit: March 14, 2014, 07:15:07 AM by AOTS »

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You can test for peace of mind only since this has been weighing on your mind .

I would expect a negative result but better safe than sorry ... the only way to truly know your status is to test .
« Last Edit: March 14, 2014, 09:26:01 AM by Jeff G »

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AOTS,

I deleted the thread you started in the Off Topic section for several reasons.

The Off Topic section is ONLY for subjects that have nothing to do with hiv.

The ONLY section of these forums that you may post in about hiv (as someone who is not confirmed as hiv positive) is this one. If, and only if, you have someone you are close to in your life who is hiv positive, then you may post in the Someone I Care About has HIV section.

The subject you posted about is already being discussed elsewhere on the forum.

In the deleted thread, you said, "I only allow 3 posts" What you don't understand is that it doesn't matter where in the forums you post, once you have three posts you have to take out a subscription before you can post again in the Am I Infected section.



As Jeff told you, it would be unlikely that you could be hiv positive for twenty years without becoming sick, but it's not impossible. For this reason and to give you peace of mind, I suggest that you DO test. You've been worried about this for far too long and the best way to put it to rest is to test. You more likely than not will test hiv negative.

I would suggest that you also get tested for hepatitis C. Hep C is much more common than hiv world-wide and is a big problem regarding blood transfusions and other medical procedures in the Third World.

Hep C can be present for many, many, many years (30-40 in some cases) without causing any obvious problems. Some people can go their entire life without knowing they were infected with hep C. The good news is that hep C is now curable for most people.

Getting tested will either enable you to access treatment for hiv or hep C if you have been infected through the blood transfusion, or it will enable you to rest easy that your health is good. Either way, it's a win-win situation. So just go do it, ok? You'll thank yourself in the long run regardless of the test results.

You have ONE free post left, so please use it wisely.

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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AOTS,

I explicitly explained to you yesterday where you can and cannot post - yet today you went and responded in a thread in a section of these forums where you are NOT PERMITTED TO POST.

I have no choice but to ban you from further participation here. We take it very seriously when people blatantly disregard our posting rules.

There's nothing further we can do for you here anyway. Go get your tests for hiv and hepatitis done and get on with your life.

None of the questions that you asked in the other thread (your post has been deleted, by the way) are relevant to you. I've already told you what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection.

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


Ann
Condoms are a girl's best friend

Condom and Lube Info  



"...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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