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Multiple Needle Pricks from stranger

Hi, so a few months ago, I was visiting another city. While taking a walk with my friends we noticed a homeless man who was about to fall over, so my friend quickly went to go help him stand up and sit down on a bench. Meanwhile I saw that the man had left his belongings on the ground, including a plastic bag. As I grabbed the plastic bag to give it to the man, with my hands, I noticed a sharp sensation in a few places in my hand, like needle pricks. I opened the bag and saw needle syringes scattered with tissues. My hand was also bleeding in maybe 3 spots. I never made the connection that this was a risk, as I just assumed it was for diabetes or something, and just cleaned my hands and went on without more thought.

However, I recently read about the risks of needle pricks, and am now highly worried I was exposed to something like HIV.

Do you think there was any risk?

Would HIV transmit from Shaving Blades

Hello,

I left my shaving blades in the bathroom for 3 days, and I used it in the morning. I checked my shaving blade before I use it, and it was dry. I rinsed it with hot water for about 1 minute. My question is If my roommates who were HIV positive had used my shaving blades without telling me, would I get HIV from using it? Thank you for your time.

I did short-length oral sex to a man and I had wounds in my mouth help please

Hi, I'm worried because I was masturbating with a man (no risk at all) but I tried to perform some oral sex to him, but after 2 or 3 seconds I realized it wasn't correct so I stopped, and now I'm scared because I washed my teeth like 1 hour before that, and also I had small sores as I'm using braces permanently. I couldn't see any wound or lots of pre-seminal liquid on his penis, but I'm scared because maybe I got infected if he was HIV positive, is there any risk in your opinion? Will a 4th gen test be reliable after 21 days? Thanks for your answer I'm really worried

Regarding your reply on 7/3 to my question labeled "Please Answer Me"

The other day I asked a question that basically was me looking for reassurance in regards to my husband and what your thoughts were as far as do you think he could have been pricked by a needle or am being irrational, meaning, should I be concerned my neighbors threw a hypodermic needle over into our yards (because they may be upset we called the cops on them a few months ago), I have no reason to believe a needle would be in my yard and my husband stated he poked himself on something while picking up bushes and branches he just cut down/could have been thorns in there or anything) Also he looked at his finger right away and said it did not bleed, he said IF IT WAS A NEEDLE HE SURE WOULD KNOW AS HE WAS LOOKING AT WHAT HE WAS PICKING UP OFF THE GROUND also told me HE NEVER BLED IT JUST FELT LIKE A SHARP EDGE OF A TREE BRANCH OF A NEEDLE, COULD HAVE BEEN A BEE STINGER ANYTHING. He looked at the ground and said he would have seen a needle in what he was picking up and that I am being irrational. The reason why he is getting upset is because all I do is think someone is going to put needles somewhere to harm me because I have a needle phobia and am afraid that hiv is EVERYWHERE I have OCD and all I do is think red dots are blood or anything that I cut myself off I check to see if it is a needle and I stare at the ground whenever I walk because I am looking for needles.
The reason I am writing back to you is your response was marked "HIGH RISK" and basically you said I should get tested and that I should be concerned of hiv. I apologize for saying this but everyone I have asked what they think, my mother, my friends they all said I should not be concerned and that I am just thinking that because I have a really big phobia of hiv, needles etc. So your answer made me even more anxious because you know what? I already know that there was no needle and that this worry is because this is my obsession that consumes almost every day of my life. I am always looking for needles and worried people will put them somewhere to infect me and frankly I do not feel like you even answered my question because in the answer you stated, that my question is basically saying "my husband was poked by a needle should I be concerned", when really my question was DO YOU THINK I AM BEING IRRATIONAL AND DO YOU THINK THAT IF YOU WERE IN YOUR YARD AND YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE WAS PICKING BRANCHES OFF THE GROUND, WOULD YOUR FIRST THOUGHT BE OMG WAS THAT A NEEDLE? I did not say my husband was poked by a needle. I just wanted to know what you thought about my question and you made me feel worse, because deep down I know nothing happened and you basically told me I should be concerned about being infected with hiv and to get a test. Well let me tell you, I have had at least 10 hiv tests in my lifetime because of how much I worry about getting hiv and I do not do anything high risk. So this is not a high risk question, this was simply me looking for reassurance and you know what I have written on here before and most people reply and say that you cannot really answer "what if" scenarios and that I sound very anxious basically I have been told to seek professional help, as this worry all the time is not good for my health. I apologize because I should not have written a question like this in order to seek reassurance, but why would you basically answer this as if I should be worried and that this is high risk? All I wanted to know was did my story sound ridiculous, I mean come on you cannot live life every day and walk around thinking there are needles everywhere, so why would you respond as if this was a big concern? Again I did not ask you if I should be concerned because my husband was poked by a needle. I asked you do you think that would have actually happened? If this is the case I guess you are telling everyone who accidentally pokes themselves while gardening with a branch that they should automatically be concerned about needles and to go get tested. I am SO SORRY FOR EVEN COMING TO THIS HELPLINE because all you did was stress me out even more and now I am panicking because of my ocd. If you could kindly reply to this please and explain your answer and confirm if you actually really think my question really needs testing, or if you "THOUGHT" I was just saying hey there was a needle should I be concerned. Again, I have had several HIV tests in my past because of my worry about everything. i am pretty sure I have poked myself in my yard with a branch and though omg what if that is a needle. I have got tested for hiv after I had to get stitches because I was worried the doctor in the ER used a used needle, so if you can kindly reply and clarify why my question is so high risk. Can someone not be doing yard work, get poked by a branch, or sharp stick/thorn, NOT BLEED and still MUST GO GET AN HIV TEST THIS IS A VERY HUGE CONCERN? because that is exactly how you made me feel.

Rizene as PEP drug

Is Rizene alone a good hiv-PEP drug, taken within 48 hours after exposure and testing hiv-negative.

ARS symptoms

Recently on holiday I developed a skin rash on my lower and upper arms, both sides, only on the outer side, not the inner side. Not stingy at first I turned burning (like a cold burn sensation) overnight. I was worried and contacted a local doctor. He wasn't sure what to make of it and said it was a viral infection/rash in combination with an allergic reaction and he prescribed a cortisone cream to apply. At home 4 days later -the rash had subsided a bit, but came back I went to my generalist doctor and she said it would be more like a hives reaction to sun exposure or sun cream lotion. As I was about to depart on another trip she gave me a cortisone injection. The rash then disappeared with that. 2 weeks after this rash, and a week after the cortisone injection I get night sweats for about 6 nights. I now worry sick that both are related and are ARS symptoms.

My last sexual contact goes back 11 weeks prior to this rash and was what I believe a safe contact: some physical contact, some licking (balls, pubic area, but not the penis), mutual masturbation, being facesit and some kissing there but no real rimming) and me giving oral sex with a condom. I am in general panicky about body liquids (saliva, sweat, precum, cum) and avoid that. Despite this and in hindsight and in relation to the rash and the night sweats I am overwhelmingly afraid and wonder if there might have been a risk there.

To calm my mind, I am extremely anxious to take a test -have always been in the past- I am trying to find some very concrete answers with relation to ARS symptoms

1. Can conversion symptomps occur as late as 11 weeks after a contact?
2. Do ARS symptomps present themselves at the same time - the rash and the sweats are 2 weeks apart.
3. Are the symptomps as described above consistent with ARS symptoms in your professional opinion.

Thank you very much for your advise!

Oral Sex Giving and Receiving

Hello,

I have meet someone that is HIV (Undetectable). She has been Undetectable for a little more then 3 years. I am planing to use a condoms and seeing a physician PrEP. I have a clean bill of health.

But when it come to Oral Sex giving and receiving. What are my Risks?

HIV test with a "Lancet", are they reusable ?

Hello, I have been tested for HIV here in the Caribbean Islands. I don't know how safe practices are in use here, the building was not in good condition and health clinic had cotton swabs dipped in alcohol and was not a pleasant atmosphere to get tested at. but i wanted to get tested so i got 4th generation test and a uni-gold test at the same time at the same clinic. their policy is to test any patient with 2 HIV test to rule out false negative. I recently saw a outbreak of HIV in a 3rd world country where needles where shared and people got HIV. I didn't let them draw any type of blood from a syringe. But they use the "Lancet" to pink prick my finger, I always get paranoid where i am in this kind of situation. Can you tell me if "Lancet's" are reusable ? or any chance of possibility of them using them ? there were bunch on them in a container. should i be concerned in this situation ? ever since i read about recent HIV outbreak, i am really concerned. Will the cotton swabs or tables or any atmosphere in the clinic would place me at risk ? should i get tested again ? please advise me! really concerned. Thanks for this service.

vagina fluids on condom

if someone gives blowjob and handjob with condom that have vagina fluids on and after remove the condom and give handjob and use spit as lube can u get hiv from that?

Probability of HIV infection of 20 second insertion of the penis in an anus

Five days ago I had sexual intercourse with a person who doesn't have any symptoms. I used condom during all the intercourse, but at a time I inserted the tip of my penis inside his anus for 10 to 20 seconds. We were both dry (no pre-cum on me and his anus was dry) so I am nervous if I could get infected. I don't have any symptoms or ever felt sick after it.

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