What is a needlestick? I pricked myself with subcutaneous injection? There was no blood coming out of me after pricking…nor ther was visible blood on syringe…can anyone put light on infection chances?
On January 23, 2018, midnight and in morning, I had unprotected sex with a woman of unknown status, five times at midnight and one time in the morning. Ours is a subcontinent country and she became a citizen of a large first world country in the East and had lived there ever since. While talking, I learned she had known nothing about safe sex and she refused to test vehemently and stated that she hadn't had sex for over five years with anyone else (and she probably meant outside her marriage). The previous boyfriend married and had a healthy girl child, she said.
She was stupid despite her ideas on progressive thoughts and a loud mouth. This got to my mind and my OCD got triggered. She had also invited our other friends before me and I knew they were negative too but doubt had its own ways.
I started PEP about 67.5 hours later and completed it without missing a single dose. I tested immediately after PEP on day 29, 30, 41, 49, 58, 70, 72, 85 and 114 (12 weeks after PEP) with fourth generation Ab/Ag tests. All of them are negative.
Some confusing guidelines say 6 months post exposure on PEP. I don't like it. And I haven't had any symptom at all I guess. I think since it got warmer due to Summer, which is extremely hot here, I have been sweating profusely and I used to since childhood. I sweat even when I eat and even if I do not allow air, while sleeping.
Can I consider my 12 week post PEP results conclusive? Doctors Sera (says test after completing PEP is conclusive), Dr Sean, Dr David Wohl and Dr. Jose say testing 4-6 weeks after PEP is conclusive. Dr Tan and Dr. Benjamin Young say 8 weeks after PEP is conclusive. Dr Tan even goes on to say testing with antibody alone is enough after week eight and that Dr Tan says he has never seen a test immediately after PEP change later on.
On Day 72, I had also cut my little finger with a knife while cutting tape. I had sutures done immediately and feared that the needle used to give me the anesthetic was reused. Anyhow, the test 42 days after that incident has come negative. I had also believed that the phlebotomist who drew blood used a used syringe on day 30. I now believe these were unwarranted irrational fears.
Now, my concerns are:
1) Can I move on with my 114 day (12 week post PEP) results?
2) I should probably enter long term relationships and even get married. So, discussing and testing before we have sex increases my fears. So, does testing at the six month mark, which I don't want to, as I have had enough of fears before testing and waiting for the results.
3) I would still believe I would have to test 6 months after PEP and 7 months after exposure, as we go on.
4) I also want to believe that this result will stay the same and the 114 day result (12 weeks after PEP) is conclusive.
5) Long term consequences and complications that we read of the disease scare me, which is, as you might have seen, a "what if" question.
I hope I can mentally free myself from all these and remain negative to move on with other things in my life. I hope you can answer me soon. Thank you for all the great work you do :)
i am from india, i had taken tetanus shot on local clinic but i am not sure that the syringe was used or unused bcz he did not open from packet on front of me. so i am feeling lots of anxiety and done lots of test from 3 to 10 monts all are negative. suggest me what should i do? is there any chance to spread hiv like that condition?
AFTER A HIGH RISK HIV EXPOSURE DUE TO VAGINAL INTERCOURSE WITH A FEMALE SEX WORKER NO CONDOM AND MANY ARS SYMPTOMS. HOW MUCH STOCK SHOULD I PUT IN A NEGATIVE AG/AB HIV 1/2 TEST BY CMIA AT 51 DAYS AFTER EXPOSURE.
Due to unfortunate decisions in my life, I had unprotected sex with a much older man who claimed to only have had 2 previous partners (they were both virgins). I live in a country where everyone is checked for HIV before being able to renew their residency and are deported if found positive. However, this man was illegally here and so was not checked for HIV. I had no other intercourse. This was 2 years ago and I am due for a HIV check tomorrow, I am worried if i am infected i would be deported and this is causing me great concern especially since i am 18 and come from a very strict family. What are my risks?
i have a yeast infection on my tongue ( i have been having yellow tongue for while even before the prostitute ) and i gave a prostitute oral sex unprotected of course she gave me a blow job and of course normal sex . i am very worried its been 2 weeks and i am getting no sleep at all i also have a headache and itchy rashes that i have to scratch on my hands , elbows , and legs . should i wait 3 months . ps my headache occurs when the side of my head vein is popping both veins to be exact . sorry for the broken english not my first language ~ i am from malaysia
hi two days ago I had an encounter with a woman I rub her vagina with my penis there was vaginal discharge while rubbing my penis the tip of my penis went into the vagina three times for about 2 seconds and now I'm worried is it possible
to get HIV from that encounter
Two days ago I took a rapid test with my friend. We had engaged in anal sex multiple time (around 8 times) in the past one month when I met him. In the multiple encounters, we never used protection. When we took the test, both rapid test produced two lines which we were informed is a positive result. However, the lines were two faint almost invisible. As I didn't believe the result, we headed to another clinic and took another rapid test. This time, my test was negative and my friend was unmistakably positive (The two lines were clearly visible).
Ever since that day, my anxiety has sky-rocketed and I'm having a very high degree of stress. I intend to get a retest but I feel its too early.
Should I take a test immediately and how can I manage my stress levels?
Do you think based on the information above that I am infected? Why did the first test show a faint positive and the second negative result?
One thing I observed from the first test is that the nurse drew a very small blood sample. Could this have affected the result? Again, since I was tested immediately after my friend, is there a way the nurse may have contaminated my rapid test kit?
hi there, I'm a 30 yo Asian male in Cambodia. I am so terrified now that I think I might be exposed to HIV. About 3 weeks ago, I had sex with a prostitute in Cambodia and alcohol was involved. During sex, first she gave me oral sex for awhile and then I put on the condom. After about 10min of having sex, my penis felt uncomfortable and I decided to take off the condom and use a new condom. But before I put on the new condom, I made a huge mistake to let my urethra touched her virgina and her virgina fluid for awhile before putting on new condom and finish the sex. After that, I threw away the condom and I did clean my penis but I dont think I have cleaned it properly till the next morning. In the morning the next day, I realized that the skin layer on my corona of glans and neck of glans was kinda peeled. This really make me worried and scared. I don't know if I can get HIV through the peeled skin.
Currently (3 weeks after the sex), I'm having a bad sore throat, a minor headache, and muscle tightness and aches especially on my left sides of the body. Btw, I have been having sore throat for like 2 weeks now and the muscle tightness/aches is just only for a few days. And also I feel quite tired the last few days. My question is that base on my scenario of the sex, am I at high risk of getting infected with HIV? Please please provide some answer. I'm terrified now.
I had sex with a ladyboy and we were not using condoms. We did blowjobs to each other and had bareback sex where we rotate being the receptive and insertive. Im not sure if she is hiv positive. We didnt cum into each other and always ejaculated out of the body. What are my chances of getting hiv if she was hiv positive?