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Scared
May 27, 2001

hi doctor, i'm in a very very paranoid mood right now. i'm scared that i might have got infected by HIV during a blood test in a hospital. i haven't been getting any symptoms. But last three weeks i got a swollen lymph nodes that's about 1,5cm underneath my chin and now i have one on the side of my neck. i'm really paranoid.i also had night sweats but i don't know if they are night sweats or not, i wake up every time and my body is moist and fall right back to sleep. i haven't got any other symptoms except a light flu which i assume i got it from my classmates. WHAT COULD IT BE? i'm very paranoid and could stop thinking about it. PLEASE help.. what are the possibilities of getting HIV in hospital? HELPPPP i have been crying thinking that i'm hiv-positive. am i going crazyy

Response from Dr. Young

To my knowledge, there are no cases of HIV transmission in the US acquired from clean hospital instruments (like getting your blood drawn). It would be a less than one in a million case (I think).

The swollen gland under your chin and other symptoms could very easily be explained by having a flu or other cold virus.



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