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Rapid Test Needlestick Validity from late 2008: Very Alarmed!

May 16, 2011

Hello. In December of 2007 I had two very brief (less than a minute) sexual encounters which I felt put me at risk for HIV/AIDS. I did not come to this conclusion until 8-9 months later when I decided to go to Planned Parenthood and get a rapid needle stick test. The result of course was negative. I recently became worried again about exposure (very unrealistically) because of an incident at the bar I work at which you already cleared up for me and then just recently because of another incident in which I was bartending and someone threw up a bit on my bar and I did not directly touch it but long story short I realized i had a cut on my hand (probably from my overreaction to their getting sick) and I feared I may have touched a rag someone used to clean it up. Its all pretty silly, I know.

My true question is once I became worried about that I was looking here about some of the rapid test giving false negatives around that time. Mine was done in september or october of 2008 if I remember correctly.

I can tell that this is probably OCD getting the best of me... but this honestly feels like something I should ask would truly like an answer too because I do not want to become a habitual HIV tester when it is not necessary. I am really working to have a healthy loving life and be a good person and cover all of my bases. You know?

I have also just made a donation to the foundation in support of this great work you are doing. Thanks so much for being here!

Response from Dr. Frascino


I agree your recent worries are "unrealistic" and "pretty silly." I also agree your renewed worries about your negative HIV-antibody test are due to your OCD being OOC (out of control). If my reassurance is not sufficient for you to shake your fears, you could get a single HIV-antibody test to gain psychological peace of mind. The result will undoubtedly be negative.

Thanks for your donation to The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( It's warmly appreciated. In return I'm sending my good-luck/good-health karma that you are now and will forever be HIV free.

Good luck. Be well.

Dr. Bob

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8 days after PEP and having kidney pain plus few white spots/coat on tongue

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