Anonymous
Hi,
I recieved insertive oral sex and became very paranoid and went to an HIV/sti clinic for testing. At 23 days my NAAT and Antibody came back negative and they told me that I do not have to worry anymore. However on that same day I had painful urination so the doctor at the clinic decided that I should be treated for a possible sti. So I was given azithromyicin and an intramuscular ceftriaxone injection. My sti results were negative also. Two weeks after this I have a fever. I am now worried that the needle used for the injection was not sterile or that the nurse might have pricked himself prior to giving me the injection. I didn't see him unwrap the needle as I was turned around. It would be hard to imagine for anyone working at an hiv/std clinic in the usa to accidentally do something like that right? Am I worrying for no reason? Do I need further testing? Please help me.
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Anonymous
Hello,

It sounds like you're concerned about the results of your test and the testing procedures at your health care centre. Thanks for coming to us at AIDS Vancouver with your questions!

AIDS Vancouver follows guidelines set by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, which set conclusive results at 3 months post exposure. While we would recommend further testing at this time, in the US the results of your NAAT test at 23 days are considered conclusive and so further testing is not required. If you continue experiencing symptoms, it's best to continue partnering with your healthcare professional as they have the best knowledge of sexually transmitted infections in your area and the treatment strategy that's best for you.

There are strict guidelines that healthcare professionals follow when testing for HIV. I can tell you that HIV is not typically transmitted in the way you described and further testing is also not required for this instance. The staff at your testing centre would be happy to answer any questions you have about procedures and policies.

Let us know if there's anything else we can do for you!

Jeremy

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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