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can fingring someone with hiv get you infected if you have a cut on your finger?

Syringe blood

Dear all,

Recently my cousin was at the playground with her baby (1.5 years old). She didn't watch him for about 30 seconds to minute while he found a syringe that may contained blood on the ground and took the needle in the mouth. Afterwards she checked his mouth, lips, etc. - there were no pokes. But she is afraid if he pushed the piston and blood from it got into his stomach.
Is this case a high risk for HIV transmission? Does the child need testing? If so, when can he do it after exposure?
Many thanks for your help!!

HIV infection from touching anus with penis

Last night I went to a gay video store to get a blowjob through a glory hole. But the guy on the other booth decided to insert my bare penis into his anus instead without warning. Luckily I felt something was off and pulled out immediately. I think the tip of my penis might have been inside his rectum and I might have been inside no more than 4 or 5 seconds.

Should I start getting PEP to prevent infection? Should I get tested in a few weeks?

I'm really scared.

Received oral sex post to my surgery.

Hi,

I am so worried about my situation. I received oral sex from a sex worker two weeks back (12th July). However, it was protected(with condom) and I licked her breast and nipple, also rubbed her genital area with my bare hands.

I worried because I had a gallbladder surgery two weeks before the incident happened. The wound is completely healed, but the stitches were there. I didn't remove my shirt during the oral sex session. So, I believe nothing would have passed (Virus) through the operated area. She didn't touch my upper body.

Please advise my risk assessment of catching STD and HIV infections.

Mr Austin (HIV Through Human Bite?)

can someone contact hiv throuth human bite?

Post PEP testing and symptoms questions, please help

Hi, I had anal sex with the same guy for three times (I was top) differently in March 16th,18th and April 16th. The first one was unprotected, and the other two were with condom. At March 19th, around 62 hours since the first exposure I was placed on pep with genvoya.
I finished 30 days pep course, and tested negative one day after pep with 4th generation ag/ab test. But lots of symptoms came to me about one or two weeks after the pep like pain throat, headache, rash, night sweating, diarrhea, myalgia, arthralgia etc.. put me in super stressed situation. Did another 4th generation test at May 12th negative, at May 28th, a local doc recommended me to do 4th generation tests along with hiv DNA (copies/1E6 cells, lower limit 20) and RNA (20 IU/mL) testss because he said results can be conclusive results so I don't have to wait in anxiety any longer, the ag/ab test was negative, the other two both results came back with results not detected.
I thought I could be relieved then. But I didn't, some of the symptoms keeps bothering me even till today, makes my life a mess, can't live and work normally. I went to different docs asking for help and the did give me, but not working. New health issues keep appearing, one after another, I barely got sick before this whole thing. My latest tests were June 21st and July 19th. Both 4th generation tests and both negative.
Also one thing I want to mention is the index value of the last three 4th tests results are increasing from originally 0.18 to the highest 0.48. I asked and people told me it's normal as long as it's lower than 1, don't need to worry, is that right. Will it keep increasing with the time going by? Is my latest test conclusive that I'm not infected or in another words, do all of my tests show that I'm not infected. Do I need to test anymore? Cuz i read online that people taking pep may need as long as 6 months or even a year to get a conclusive result, Is that right? And why am I keeping having these symptoms that seem can't be treated, because all the medicine I'm taking seem not working at all. I'm so confused and stressed. Please help me with my questions.
Thanks for reading and answering in your busy schedule, and sorry for writing so long.

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.

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