Anonymous
Hello,

I know this might sound a bit paranoid. I went into a public health clinic in Los Angeles for HIV/STI testing after having Insertive Oral Sex. At 3 weeks my NAAT HIV RNA and Antibody were both negative. I was also negative for STIs. While I was at the clinic I believed that I was experiencing burning urination which could be a symptom of an STD. Therefore the doctor prescribed me a Ceftriaxone Injection and Azithromycin. I went into another room and a nurse gave me the pills and administered the injection. I did not realize if the needle/syringe used were clean and sterile or if the nurse might have stuck himself prior to injecting me. The antibiotic looked like a clear redish color which worries me even more. Would he maliciously try injecting me with something or use unsterile needles? How worried should I be? Do I need to go in for more testing. I went to the clinic and someone assured me that they only use sterile disposable needles and that a publicly funded STD/HIV clinic wouldn't do such a thing. I am still worried however. Do I need further testing? Help me please.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to assist you.

In this situation, I would have to agree with the clinic in that medical centers in North America are trustworthy and you were not exposed to any risk. It is extremely unlikely that the nurse would have injected himself first and then used the same needle on you. If this were the case, you would be able to clearly see dark red blood in the barrel- which you did not. The situation you have described is entirely hypothesized, and we do not see cases of HIV being transmitted in North America in this way. For this reason, I would not recommend further testing.

I hope I have answered your questions and provided you with some comfort. If you have any more questions, feel free to post on this forum again, visit http://www.aidsvancouver.com, or call us confidentially at 604-253-0566 ext 299.

Sincerely,

Caroline
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