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should I do test again

I had a risk expsoure kissing HIV +ve girl she was having ulcer and I bite my lips while kissing so it bleed , I did elisa 3rd gen test at 88 days it came back negative then I did another one in diff. Lab. At 97 days it came negative with 0.09 , is it risky ?! Should I test again at 6 months as am afraid that this number 0.09 increase by time , as I have swollen lymph nodes on both sides of my neck posterior cervical and oral thrush please advice

hiv from scar

Hi all ,thanks for all the help and support you do for alk worried people.
I touched for several times a chin for a female friend which is suspected to be hiv +ve while touching I felt scar and I had a look it was pink cracked recent healing scar and my finger was bleeding so there was a cut but her scar didn't bleed is there any risk ?!  

Tested after 5 weeks and 2 days

I masturbate a man and did not see i had on a finger a piece of skin off (no bleeding).   I was tested after 5 weeks and 2 days turn out negative.   Got tested again 8 weeks after, waiting for the results.  Is waiting to be tested for 5 weeks and 2 days was enough ? 

Anything to worry about?

Hi! Just this morning got results from my most recent STBBI test and all negative! Great, right?
Feeling pretty good, buuut there is an incident that happened over the weekend that made me a tiny bit paranoid.
So, I was hosting a party at my home in the country and my first guest arrived and needed to use the toilet, when she came out, she told me she had dropped a couple of quarters in the toilet! Apparently she had flushed, so I offered, like a good host, to fish them out for her! I realized that there was some backwash post-flush, since there was some toilet paper that had come back up and was mixed up with the coins.
I triumphantly pulled them out... Only yo realize that I had a giant open flesh wound- a gash - right on the outside of my hand! (had happened while I was preparing firewood outside, I guess!)
So my concern is, with open skin like that on my skin, am I at any risk? I mean the water looked pretty clean, but what if there was trace menstrual blood in the toilet water? I don't know this girl's HIV status (although she is a med student, so I would hope she might know...), do you think I should be concerned? I have not found a lot of  information about the survival of HIV in water.
I test myself regularly, every three months, just to be sure for myself and for my partner, which probably has increased my overall level of paranoia :s I thought to consult you folks, just to be sure, and get your input...
Thank you so much for your time and everything you do at AIDS Vancouver.

mr worried

hi first of all thanks for ur great service. actually i am too much worried about event that occurred with me. i was working in a restaurant. a delivery man came and he was bleeding and his 1 drop of blood got on my plastic tray. actually i got small cuts on my left hand bu a big cut on my right hand. with big cut the skin was peeled away and can see inner muscle and was red in color but not bleeding. the cut was half hour ago so my concern is if his 1 drop of blood touched my big cut (assume blood left body 10 to 20 seconds) before, whats the level of hiv risk . do i need testing

once again...

Hi!I wrote to you on 4th of October... this was my post with your answer:hi! i went to a massage parlor 4 weeks. i got a normal massage for 30 minutes and then the masseuse gave me a handjob with some oil....i don't remember that there was blood on my penis but now 4 weeks ago i got a common cold (without fever!!) - i hope so - and now i am in anxiety of getting infected through masturbation although i think to know thats NEVER impossible....but what if there was some blood from a finger cut or something else?!?!? sorry for my english i'm from germany...Answer: Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.First of all, nothing in the activities you describe can pass HIV. For an HIV risk to exist, certain HIV+ fluids (blood, semen, anal/vaginal fluids) must come into direct contact with the bloodstream of an HIV- individual. Additionally, HIV is an extremely weak virus and dies once exposed to air.Your right, it is impossible to infect yourself through masturbation.There are no clinically-defined symptoms of HIV. Some infected individuals experience a strong, flu-like illness 2-6 weeks post-exposure which disappears within 8-10 days. However, some infected individuals experience no symptoms, whatsoever. The common cold you experienced 4 weeks ago has nothing to do with HIV.I trust these answers relieve your anxiety and I can assure you that you do not have HIV. If you have further concerns, feel free to contact us again.PROBLEM ;):I know that i can't infect myself, i meant if it#s posible being infected when there were fresh cuts on the girl's finger although I#ve not seen blood while cleaning myself with paper....sorry for my stupid question but hand-job is always described as NO RISK but with fresh cuts I think it's HIGH RISK or BODY to AIR to ANOTHER BODY always NO RISK because virus is damaged/dead through air???thx so much....

Afraid to give hiv to girlfriend

Hello and thank you for answering my question. This was my exposure: I received a nude massage at a massage parlor known for providing handjobs. I'm in a serious relationship and know this was a stupid mistake I made. The masseuse gave me a massage with oil on my back. I was then cleaned with a towel. Later on I recalled I had slipped and scratched my back which bled. That was 5 days prior. I was then asked to turn around. She used oil to massage my penis until ejaculation. I'm uncircumcised. She then cleaned my pebis with another wet towel. My fears are that 1. I acquired hiv through the towel which may have semen from other man.
2. Her hands which may have semen from previous customer 3. Towel when penis was cleaned may have had semen.
I know these are what ifs scenario us but I'm trying to assess my risk.
Please tell me what are my chances? This was 2 months ago. I have not had sexual intercourse with my girlfriend for fear of transmitting hiv to her. I've come up with all kinds of excuses and is ruining our relationship. I have had joint pain on my wrists and ankles. Then i developed dry mouth, which then led to a whitish tongue. I don't know how much of my symptoms can be attributed to stress. I've been very stressed with this. I don't know what to do. I'm waiting for the 3 month mark. What are the chances i could test positive based on this exposure? should i be witholding sex with my girlfriend for fear of transmitting hiv to her based on this exposure? this had been my only exposure. no sexual intercourse took place. She was fully clothed and i never touched her in any wat. Someone told me I put myself at a small risk. Kindly answer all my questions please. Thank you.

Hiv transmission , afraid

I knew an Ethiopian girl who had sex before with her boyfriend back in her country, and i met her in Egypt
What worries me that i licked her tits and her nipples , gave her some soft bites but i had something like infection or sore in my mouth due to the fact that i am smoking shisha also i may have some bleeding gum recently so i am afraid that i got something from her breast ( milk ) which can transmit hiv to me through the sores i have in my mouth and gum
Another thing that i touched her vaginal over clothes ( over legging ) and my hand was between her legs all the time but she was wearing as i said legging with a very soft textile , and the i lie on her her with her clothes and my on ... Now the point is that i knew later that he was on period so i am afraid of getting blood on my clothes or hands which can transmit hiv to me
My questions are:
1) can i get hiv from Licking nipples ( i dun remember that anything came to my mouth) but if anything came i mean, specially that i have kind of infection from smoking above in my throat and bleeding gum ?
2) if while touching her, could i catch any blood from her being on period menstrual i mean ? And if so, would it pass to me hiv ?
3 ) i slept on her top and her clothes was on and mine was on me also, but afraid to catch her menstrual blooad on my pants ?
4) what is in general the probability of getting hiv from a hiv positive female to hiv negative male from above activity
Please help

Occupational Exposure, maybe

Hello Helpline,
I was involved in a situation that may have been an occupational exposure and I was curious.  In a nutshell I was working a shift at a hospital when a patient who I know was HIV Positive fell onto the ground.  He vomited and called for help.  I am not a nurse, I work in Corrections, so I went and told the nurses that the man needed assistance.  I'd like to say that it was at least 3-5 minutes and no one had showed up so I put on a pair of latex gloves, slid my arms under the mans and put him back into his seat.  I then went down onto hands and knees and ensured the locks were engaged on his seat.  I did not kneel or put my hands in any fluids.
When the nurses did arrive I ungloved before one asked me to hold onto this man for them briefly.  I did so with my bare hand by placing it on his shoulder.  He may have been a bit sweaty but that was all.  When I finished this I went to stand at the side and put my gloves back on in case the nurses needed assistance. 
My biggest mistake here was quite possibly putting my gloves on backwards, I didn't have a spare pair and gloves are just naturally turned inside out when you remove them.  Anyways about 5 to 10 minutes after I'd put the gloves back on I got an itch in my eye so I slid the fingers of one hand out to rub it.  This is what concerns me though I know it may seem miniscule to others.  I did not see any fluid on my fingers but if there had been any residue from anything would that have been a risk to me?  A lot of occupational exposures deal with needlesticks, which this was not, or a direct blood splash, again which I cannot classify this as, so I am uncertain.  I don't think there was any blood regardless as I did not see any and do not recall seeing any.  Does vomit pose any risk of transmission?
Thank you for your time.
Best regards,

help please

I had an exposure via needle of tagging gun on may 20, 2013. Found out an HIV+ person had stuck themselfs on finger 3 days prior. No visible blood on needle. Wentvto doctor same day started me on combavir pep. I got sick on fist dose. Went to infectious disease doctor three days later she pulled me off of pep after only 3 1/2 days of taking pep. Got really sick 3 weeks later. Extreme fatigue, night sweats, sore throat. I am diabetic use metformin, use lipresil for high bloodpressure, also have asthma and allergies, took prednisone (steroid) on August 13th for 6 days, and methylprednisolone 4 mg 21 dospak (steroid) for five days on 9/14/13 and again on 9/27/13 for bad upper respiratory infection. I tested same day via elisa, 4 weeks via rapid puncture, 6 weeks elisa, 10 weeks oral rapid, 13 weeks via combo and natt pooled, and 20 weeks via rapid oral all negative. They did a viral load 7 days after stopping pep also all negative but at 17 weeks git rash on chest was told it was hives still there 4 weeks later, still night sweats, bad headaches everyday. Am I infected someone knowledgeable help. My concern is weak immune because of asthma/diabetes plus using steroids three times...could I be a late seroconversion? Help please.


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