Anonymous
About 2 1/2 weeks ago a lab tech came to my house to draw my blood (for life insurance purposes).

The tech was an hour late and he was visibly sick (excessive coughing, sniffling, etc.)

From the get go, everything just didn't feel good. He forgot to swab my arm down, didn't give me a paper for my records, etc. Everything he did was just sloppy, rushed, and "unprofessional."

After he drew my blood and left, that's when the panic slowly crept into my mind. He was sick and hadn't washed his hands.

So all of these thoughts flooded into my brain. What if he had pricked his hand by accident and then used it to draw my blood?

Perhaps the above is maybe my anxiety speaking.

But a week after I had the blood draw, I started getting nausea.
It's been almost 2 weeks since I started getting nausea, and I still have it.

What is also alarming is that about 5 days ago is when I started getting severe headaches.

Sometimes the headaches and nausea get really bad. These headaches and nausea come and go throughout the day.

Is there something wrong with me?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline regarding HIV/AIDS related information.

First of all, it is unfortunate that you feel the lab technician did a poor job drawing your blood.

Even if the lab technician did prick his finger it would already have been exposed to air, thus eliminating the possibility of you contracting HIV. For HIV to be transmitted it needs direct access to the bloodstream.

The headaches and nausea are not symptoms of HIV. If they continue to persist I would encourage you to contact a healthcare professional about it.

I hope that helps alleviate some of the anxiety that you are experiencing.

I trust that I have addressed all of your concerns, should you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Harman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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