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Hello .... I am sending mail from Iran ... I do not have sex ... I'm not addicted ... I just went to a dentist ... four days after root cure ... I got cold ... I was very worried ... six weeks later ... I tested at the AIDS Center ... it was negative .... They did not tell me to test it again ... is this normal? What should I do? ... I also have a ocd disorder
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Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from a dental procedure. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be a negligible risk (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission). This risk level presents a potential for HIV transmission, however, there has never been a confirmed case. Dental instruments are routinely sterilized for treatments and would not have the potential to transmit the HIV virus.

In order for a risk to exists, specific HIV fluids (semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluid, rectal fluid, blood) must come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV- person. Also consider the following, the CDC states that " HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces) and it cannot reproduce outside a human host" [1].

In regards to the cold you developed after the dentist visit, HIV symptoms mirror other viral symptoms or can be explained by other things, testing is really the only way to know. From the information given, you had an HIV rapid test six weeks after potential exposure and received negative results. HIV rapid tests have a window period of 4-12 weeks with an accuracy of 99.6%.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to a Physician for more personalized answers.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley





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