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VANW10:
Hello,

I remain as "vanw10" . 4 months ago, got into a brawl, with a person with hiv. and was really paranoid and went to get tested next day. After that, some people who were the same race as me said there was malpratice going in that particular hospital towards black patients. i freaked out 4 months got tested it all came back negative. now i am worried if the nurse infected me with hepatitis or another blood borne disease i am really scared.
another reason why i am worried an asian-indian dude, from my work has been saying that i purposely went to that particular clinic to get a disease that its my fault and he said he saw me going in there and didn't say a word and that he isn't going to betray his own race for a black one.


Please help me i am going out of my mind.

RapidRod:
Seek the help of a mental health professional. Those kind of worries are beyond our scope.

Ann:
Van,

I've heard about the rumours you are talking about and I can tell you that they are absolutely NOT true. There is a lot of fear, ignorance and stigma surrounding hiv and that is the only reason those rumours are in circulation.

You would not have become infected through your fight and your negative test is reliably conclusive. You also would not have been deliberately infected at the clinic because as I told you, there is NO basis to the rumour.

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 STIs together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with a sexually transmitted infection. Sex with 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.

Use condoms and you will avoid hiv infection.

Ann

Bucko:
Edited to support Ann's greater understanding of the situation. No harm intended.

Ann:
Brent, Rodney,

There is a clinic on this side of the pond that has been the subject of these rumours. This poster has been frightened by these rumours, so try to give him a break. OK? Thanks.

Ann

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