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Hi, 13 weeks after my oral exposure i have a hiv test at a private clinic in singapore, the result come back all negative. However now i have anixety of hiv, i scared that the doctor didnt use a new needle and syringe to draw blood for me. I have go back to the clinic and ask the doctor and the doctor say all the needle and syringe are one time use disposable. I know that is the rountine for the draw for blood, but i am still scared, what should i do now? Also my hiv ab/ag test at 13 weeks is negative.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver, I'm happy to address your concerns.

It sounds like you are very worried about your HIV status, let's work together to assess your risk and your concerns in order to make you feel a little bit better.

*Oral exposures to HIV are considered to be low or negligible risk, depending on the context.* The only way to acquire HIV through the mouth is if you have severe cuts, open wounds or sores in your mouth that can be a direct access to the bloodstream. The cut or wound would have to be severe enough to require medical attention, such as stitches. When we typically think of acquiring HIV through the mouth, there would be gushing blood or very raw gums with blood present due to extreme dental work.

It's great that you have gone to the doctor and asked about their procedures for testing. What the doctors have told you, that the needle and syringe are a "one time use and disposable" is very typical of a health care setting. Healthcare professionals are trained to follow the safest protocol in order to protect your health.

Also, here at AIDS Vancouver, we consider test results to be conclusive at 12 weeks. Since you have tested negative after 13 weeks post-exposure, it's reasonable to feel confident in your test results.

For more information, please visit our website at

All the best,

Leila

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

Monday - Friday 10am-4pm (PST)

604 253 0566 Ext. 299

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