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SamGlue
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Low Risk or No Risk?
      #177149 - 02/25/06 12:54 AM

Hey everyone,

10 weeks ago I was walking along a beach at night (somewhat intoxicated) and stepped on something that felt like a needle. Stupidly I kept walking and didn't stop to check. It left a puncture wound, consistant with a needle.

Went to my doctor and my doctor told me that the only way infection could have occured is if I stepped on it in such a way that it actually injected me with blood from within the syringe - and even then the chances are slim. Of course, I am now convinced that that's exactly what happened.

So I rang the needle hotline and was told different information. They assured me that there was actually NO risk at all because the needles given out to drug users in Australia are small guage needles but moreso becuase any blood left in the bore or syringe would have clotted within 10-15 minutes after use, making it impossible for me to have been injected with any infectious blood.

Needless to say I'm a little confused. So can anyone help me out - which is it: LOW risk or NO risk?

The only reason I am worrying so much is because of the symptom I am experiencing. I know that they don't mean a thing but when you have an unexplained symptom, that is consistant with HIV infection and appears out of the blue after a possible exposure, it's really really scary and hard to think anything other than that you were definately infected.

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ExWorryWart
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Re: Low Risk or No Risk? new
      #177150 - 02/25/06 01:01 AM

I'd say NO RISK. The HIV virus can't live outside a human body for more than 10-20 mins. If you feel really worried, go get tested after 13 weeks and put your mind to ease.
Andy

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ravi
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Re: Low Risk or No Risk? new
      #177151 - 02/25/06 01:04 AM

hi

regards from india

No risk situation really, worries and testing pertaining to HIV is unwarrented.

Goodluck

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God Bless you

Stay Well

Love Ravi

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anxiety dude
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Re: Low Risk or No Risk? new
      #177161 - 02/25/06 04:28 AM

Lol..

"Former" Worrrywart....you GO Andy!!!!!



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ExWorryWart
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Re: Low Risk or No Risk? new
      #177176 - 02/25/06 09:36 AM

he he he Anxiety Dude.. can't wait to see yours turning to Former Anxiety Dude ;-)
Cheers
Andy
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