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Offline digitchip

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an unusual incident. should i get tested?
« on: January 29, 2009, 07:08:31 AM »
first of all let me thank you guys for this wonderful website/forum...please bear with me as my english is not so good.

also sorry for the long post.

ok so here is the incident--on oct15th of 2008 i was travelling by train to a nearby place.in one of the stations an elderly man entered the compartment but as he was crossing my seat he suddenly slipped and grabbed my hand(upper palm)..then he quickly got up & left the compartment..after he was gone i noticed avery tiny cut on my palm..as small as a needle prick..there was also a drop of blood..a small drop that might ooze out of a syringe(very small drop).it didn't even seem like a cut.it seemed like a very tiny layer of skin had come off.now my question's--
1.)if the man was +ve, could i be infected?
2.)what if the man was +ve & he too had a cut & his blood mixed with mine?then is it possible to be infected?its been three months now since the incident & i have not tested yet(i am scared).

after this incident i was healthy for two months except for some minor sinus infections(they have been with me since a long time as i have sinusitis problems)..i never caught a cold or flu..no thrush or swollen lymph nodes etc.
then on 22/23rd of dec 2008 i suffered from the common cold that lasted till 28th/29th.,,after that on the 15th of jan 2009, my sinus infections were greater..i felt my nose was blocked & due to post nasal drip i also had a cough..these got worse but after an week the nose began to clear..but i could feel a lump in my throat..the lumpiness also disappeared(rather slowly) & now i do not feel a lump but my throat does not feel very clear.though my nose has cleared.
on the 27th of this month after taking a shower, i noticed i had some red small lumps on the inner palm of my hand..i scratched them & they were itchy.but the itch went away quite soon.my palm was all red & the skin was dry & chapped...peeling off at the tip of the fingers.the lumps have almost disappeared now but the skin is still dry.

at the same time as the above i also noticed my tongue was a lot whiter,there was no itch or burning however,but it has cleared now.

just this morning i also noticed a pea sized lump on my outer thigh, not exactly my thigh but a little lower than my waist ,between the outer thigh & buttocks.it is really hard & immovable but it doesnot hurt or itch.if i squeeze it.
,it feels the same as squeezing any other part of the body.i do not know how long it has been there.is it alymph node?are lymph nodes present on the outer lower limbs?

now my final question --Should i get tested?what are my chances that i am infected?

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Re: an unusual incident. should i get tested?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 07:40:32 AM »
Digit, essentially your concern is all about what ifs. What if the man in the train was HIV+, what if somehow HIV was transmitted, etc. HIV is a fragile virus which requires very specific and receptive settings to be transmitted. The scenario you have created is absolutely not such a setting.

None of your so-called symptoms are in anyway HIV specific. You have just pasted together a lot of different bodily events to come up with something to feed your fears. I don't see any grounds whatsoever for being concerned about HIV nor any need for testing.

If your symptoms continue you should discuss them with your doctor.

You also need to read our lesson about transmission. You can find a link to it in the welcome thread which opens this section. This epidemic is going to be around for a longtime to come and you need to be aware of the REAL risks for transmission, not the kind of ill-founded story you have cooked up for yourself.

Andy Velez

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Re: an unusual incident. should i get tested?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 07:50:33 AM »

Unless you had unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse with the guy on the train, you don't need to test for hiv over this incident. Bumping into people is not a risk for hiv infection.

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Re: an unusual incident. should i get tested?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009, 08:24:36 AM »
thank you so very much....i am still a virgin & so there is no other way of transmission..i am sorry i was so afraid..its just that hiv & aids are still not given due importance in india...not many people here receive any sort of sex education which is the need of the hour.sex is also not discussed openly here.anyway i will see a doctor for all my symptoms..particularly the hard lump on my outer buttocks area(wonder what's causing that ???)...but i have decided not to take the hiv test...i do not wish to spend money for a -ve result.


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Re: an unusual incident. should i get tested?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009, 08:52:04 AM »
You're welcome. We're glad to have been of help.

If and when you do start becoming sexually active, just make sure that you always without exception use latex condoms for both vaginal and anal intercourse. Then you will be well protected against HIV transmission no matter what the HIV status of your partner(s) might be.
Andy Velez


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