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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