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How Soon Can U Get Tested For Hiv After Sharing A Needle

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Injection Drug Use

What Is the Risk? How Can Transmission Be Prevented? Injection Drugs & Hepatitis Needle Exchange Programs Drugs, Sex and HIV Transmission What Is the Risk? It is well documented that people who share syringes are at risk of being infected with HIV. Sharing syringes allows a direct exchange of blood from one person's body into the bloodstream of another and is one of the most efficient ways to spread blood-borne...
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sharing needles & risk of hep/hiv

i used to inject heroin and in the past i have shared needles on many occasions. i do know that it is possible to catch hiv/hep c and i'm afraid i might have caught something. is there anywhere i can go for tests without my own gp knowing. i...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
You can call your local chapter of your public health department and they would be able to refer to anonymous testing.Dr. McGovern... Read more »

sharing needles

I shared a needle like an idiot. She claims to be clean, I'm going to get tested. But does this mean I automatically have hepatitis? We washed the needle out with water and an alcohol swab. I realize how big of a mistake it was but what now?...
Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Brown University
Sharing a needle does not automatically mean that you have hepatitis. There are several different types of viral hepatitis. Hepatitis C is the infection most commonly acquired due to sharing needles and other equipment used to inject drugs (cotton,... Read more »

sharing needle

i apologise for my question beacause its my 3rd time .i am nervous and out of control by studying differences among the different answers by doctors .This will be probably my last question.Like you say that hiv does not survive outside the body for...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiHIV dies once it leaves the body and becomes unable to infect. Yes a PCR would be a reliable test, but we also recommend that someone be tested at the 90 days post exposure.Be well and stay safe, Shannon... Read more »

shared needle - i'm very scared

on the 16th of july, 2005, a heroin-addicted acquaintence intravenously administered heroin into my right arm. in retrospect, a conversation i had with the aforementioned junkie preceding the injection incident should have revealed to me his great...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The estimated per-injection risk of acquiring HIV from needle-sharing injection-drug use with a partner confirmed to be HIV positive is 67 per 10,000 exposures.I do not believe you have had brief periods of immunodeficiency. Routine... Read more »
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Shared Needle two months ago.

Posted by panicked311, 1 Reply
Hello, I am a 29 year old female. I have been experiencing a lot of problems in my personal life as of late (physically and verbally abusive relationship, eventually leading to a domestic violence with assault on me that was resolved in the courts). Read more »

6 week test HIV negative after needle stick from HIV negative patient

Posted by Faith1970, 1 Reply
I pricked my finger after I inserted a 20 gauge IV. The needle did not retract all the way and it pricked my finger through my glove. The patient was tested that day and was negative for HIV, positive for Hep C. I was tested for HIV and Hep C 6... Read more »

But I bleached the needles........

Posted by starbright4876, 4 Replies
I was a big dummy for a long time.Since I was 18(now 29)I have had many,many unprotected sexual encounters,shared needles,pipes,equipment,ect. All of my hiv tests were NEG.I was scared and happy each and everytime! So,After 18 months of absolute... Read more »

Please read and share thoughts and advice, i'm very scared

Posted by marky87, 1 Reply
ok so I am very scared. Please no sarcasm about what I am worried about. I am a 23 year old male. Very healthy and active guy. I am in combat sports and I am tested regularly. However I haven't even had sex in quite some time. I was tested in... Read more »