HIV exposure while getting HIV test? Forgive me if I sound stupid...
Jul 20, 2011
After 13 whole weeks of worrying, it was finally time to get tested after having sex with a girl in college in which no condom was used. I was a wreck walking into the free clinic. The test giver/counselor was helpful, and during our "talk before the test" notified me that he was HIV positive. They used the OraQuick test, and used it in the finger-prick method. He pricked my finger, stuck it in the vial, and 20 minutes later, he tells me I'm negative. Here is the thing and I didn't think about it until after I had left the clinic: When he pricked my finger, he didn't wear gloves. I didn't notice any cuts on this mans hands, but for hypothetical purposes, lets say he had a small cut, and the finger prick, which obviously has blood exposed from your finger since you are bleeding, came in to contact with each other somehow... is there a risk involved in this situation? I know it may sound far-fetched and I admit, I have a worry/anxiety problem when it comes to HIV b/c it scares me so bad because I lost my sister to it. Please doc, let me know... I've donated before and am willing to do so again.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Your risk of contracting HIV during your HIV OraQuick test is completely nonexistent. If HIV were acquired that easily, it would have wiped the planet out long ago. Your fears are unwarranted. In light of your irrational fears surrounding HIV, I would recommend you seek counseling with a licensed mental health professional. The sessions should help you not only to confront and conquer your fears, but also to process your sister's death.
Thank you for your support of The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). It's warmly welcomed.
Regarding your negative 13-week HIV test: WOO-HOO!!!!
Stop worrying and start WOO-HOO-ing, okay?
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