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Getting HIV as a Tattoo Artist, Got Poked by the Needle

Hello, so ive been going crazy for something that happened about a year and a half ago and would love to get some peace of mind form you guys. I am a tattoo artist in Tijuana, Mexico, and was doing a piece on a guy who had a drug abuse past. Half way through the tattoo I lifted the machine and accidently poked myself in the finger, it wasnt a hard poke, and i dont even think it pierced my glove, so i didnt make much of it. But lately ive had a ear infection i cant seem to get rid of, saw something hiv related on tv and now my hypocondria is driving me mad. Is there a chance for me to be exposed if the needle pierced the glove and poked my finger a little bit? i remember checking for blood, and nothing, but i did feel some pain at the moment of the incident. All my materials were clean, unused and sterelized. I cant ask the guy beacuse he died of overdose a couple of months ago, helping my paranoia flare up some more. I hope u cant find time to help me with this. I thank you in advance for this and all the other work you do.

P.S. Im sorry if i screwed up the spelling, english is not my mother language.

Unprotected fellatio...fully protected vaginal sex....Latex condom being intact..

Sir , I had sex with one female ( unknown status of HIV) 9 days ago , unprotected oral sex by me lending penis and she giving mouth i.e. penile mouth oral sex ...I am HIV -..... did not ejaculate ( she appeared not to have any mouth sores, also when kissed , I could not taste any blood or any bad breath or any abnormality /abrasion - but I am not 100% confident about gum disease, if any she had).. we kissed not very deep and not dry either for 10-12 seconds max....
Then I had fully protected vaginal sex and the condom being fully intact ( I am sure as I have checked it two times during the activity and also checked by putting it under tap water - it did not leaked ) hence I am fully confirm to have it intact....no ejaculation and ejected the penis while more or less straight... No condom sleep off ....
Now she had no lesions/rashes on her entire body / skin / face/ mouth ....appeared hyegenic...
But now I am freaking out for the fear of HIV....
How about my chances of contracting it ....?
Please reply to it...

I am very anxious....

Concern

Hello,

I am a straight 21 year old male. I had unprotected sex for the first time on June 25 with a girl for a few minutes. I started with a condom but could not finish so I took it off for the end. A few days after, I developed a lot of pain in my groin area and legs. I went to my doctor and he said I have an infection and prescribed me penicillin. It turned out to be a muscle strain after an MRI and pain pills. However, I finished the medicine. About 7 days into the medicine treatment, I developed a rash on my chest, oral thrush and a rapid heart rate. My doctor said I was allergic to penicillin and gave a steroid which helped for a while. It then came back and I have had severe anxiety about it being HIV. I asked my partner to get tested about 7 weeks later and she did and was negative. She said I have nothing to worry about however my anxiety is killing me. I did an Oraquick test last week and was negative which was about 11 weeks later. I still cannot get it out of my head. Should I be worried? I have never felt so alone and scared in my life. Thank you.

Visiting a Different Country, Increased HIV Risk?

What is the percentage of people from Canada who go to Africa (specifically Kenya) that come back to Canada infected with HIV?

HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for pinhole-like wound

Hi,

Today I woke up and I found out there is a tiny pinhole-like wound on my index finger without any blood. I found out because I feel a little pain on the pinhole-like wound. I cannot recall how I got this wound at all. Should I go for the HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)?

Thanks,
Matt

How Effective is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) ?

Hi, I had unprotected sex with a lady, two weeks later we tested for hiv and hers came out positive and mine negative, I then immediately began PEP treatment, will this treatment ensure i remain negative? Could i infect someone else with HIV if i had unprotected sex three days after the exposure?

Reused condom

I had anal sex in a threesome. Two guys were having sex, one came, so the other came to me and had sex with me (me as a bottom) with the same condom he used with the other guy (like three minutes after). What are the risks of contracting HIV from this situation?

please hep me very stressed and feard

Hello, I had a protected sex with a female sex worker, but a couple of incidents makes me worried and concerned I would really appreciate your help
1.Before sex I put two condoms and there was no any oral sex happened,after sex I removed my condoms by pulling it(not unrolled) from the head of the penis after that suddenly a drop of my semen was getting out and I accidentally used my thump finger to stop spilling the semen.I used the same finger which I used to remove the condoms,there would be definitely her vaginal fluid on the condoms after sex ,and very next moment I suddenly went to the toilet and cleaned my penis by running tap water. i am very concerned about getting hiv by this way
2. I had a small cut on my abdomen during shaving it was not a deep cut but it was a bit long cut.Does these pose any risk of getting HIV , do I need to go for checkup,its only 90 days now.please reply to my email also.
Thank you

Handshake, homeless man

I feel like a horrible person for asking this but, I bought a homeless man a meal and to thank me, he shook my hand. I had a small cut (the type one gets next to their nails "cuticle", on my middle finger). I have no idea if he had a cut or anything on his hand. Is this in any possible imaginable way risky in terms of HIV?

Like do I need to worry at all over this?

Thanks!

HIV fear

hii!! This sounds weird. I have this extreme fear of catching HIV. Sometimes my mind build up stories as to how I would have contracted it. I am not engaged at all in any risky activities. The fear arises from unusual situations. Latest is I fear that I would have drank or washed my eyes with toilet bowl water. The toilet is used only by me and my husband only very few times some friends may have used it. My concern is whether the toilet bowl water has HIV in it? where does the water comes from toilet bowl. Is it mixed with other houses water supply Is there any risk of getting HIV by drinking or splashing toilet bowl water on eyes considering the toilet is used only by me and my husband. I know I would never do this but my mind wants to believe that I have done it. So please help. I am stuck with this thought.

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