Anonymous
Hi.
I have been living with the phobia of HIV for more than a year now. I have been testing more than once in a month.
Thankfully all results have been non-reactive. But my problem is that i am unable come out of this phobia. Something or the other keeps troubling my mind which probably have been all hypothetical situations.

Like just 4-5 days back i went for a blood test. I did see him take out a new syringe so that should not be a problem. But i have doubts on the cotton he used to clean the area before injecting the needle and the same was used to cover once the syringe was removed.

My doubt is that what if the cotton had some fresh blood on it because when i removed it i saw blood on 2 different spots and one spot looked lighter than the other. I dont know, i just cant wait another 3 months. I thought this time would help me get over with it but again I am worried and this is how it keeps revolving.

Now is it possible even if a drop of blood was there can it cause any trouble, could it go in when actually the blood was flowing out. Please help me as i really very badly need to get rid of it. I know a regular visitor would not even think of all this but its just my phobia that i let these things trouble me. For all i know it could just be my blood on both the spots.

But please help me ease my mind.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for contacting us at AIDS Vancouver

It must be difficult to live with this constant fear, so hopefully we can help put your mind at ease a little.

The situation that it sounds like you are concerned about is actually not a risk for HIV transmission. The reason for this is that even if there was some old blood on the cotton swab, it would not be able to transmit the virus. This is because HIV relies on the body to survive, and as soon as it is exposed to air the virus actually dies.

Hopefully this information was helpful for you, but we would also suggest that you maybe speak with your health care provider or AIDS support group in your area. This might allow you to discuss some of your fears and concerns so that you don't have to constantly live in fear of HIV.

If you like you can send us a confidential email at: helpline@aidsvancouver.org so we can have you start a discussion with a support system closest to your location.

Thank you again for contacting us here at AIDS Vancouver

Sincerely,

Raveena

AV Volunteer
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