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Too Scared To Get Tested After Reused Needle

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Dr. Bob, I have to say I feel SO unbelievably stupid asking this... but it's really, really been bothering me!! I got 2 HIV antibody tests done at 6 months post exposure, within about 2 weeks of each other. They both came back negative! But now-...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Your fears are irrational and that's why you "feel so unbelievably stupid asking this . . . ." These types of fears are more common than you might anticipate. (See below.) My advice to you is exactly the same as my advice to others with... Read more »


Dr. Bob, I recently freaked out that I had HIV and basically put my life on hold for 6 months... Read more »

possibly stepped on a needle. very very worried college student

Hi Dr. Bob, first of all I think you are quite good at what you do on this site. I am very very... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Egypt: Needle Sharing by Drug Users a Dangerous Sign

...staffers have been tested. While a few tested positive for HIV, two-thirds were diagnosed with hepatitis C. "I'm pretty much scared ... that we're sitting on a ticking time bomb," said El Kharrat. Back to other news for March 16, 2005 ... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

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The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...if you don't know much about HIV. But that is why it is important to educate yourself: so you don't have to be unnecessarily frightened anymore. That education includes getting an HIV test . It doesn't hurt to be sure you're negative -- in... Read more »
The Well Project

Myths About HIV

...story or an idea that is not true. In dealing with HIV, it's important to know reality from myth. Believing myths can result in fear, in denial, and even in damage to your health. Myths About HIV and HIV Treatment The myth: "HIV doesn't... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...might of used a contaminated needle or a needle that was used on someone else before me. Can someone please help me out with my FEAR of a contaminated needle being used on me. After that the regular nurse put the needle in my vein when I went to... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...any syringes or anything but you never know. I looked at my foot and I didn't see any wounds or anything in it, but I'm still scared. Thank you. Read more »

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

Posted by starbright4876, 4 Replies
...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 abstinence(drugs&sex)I messed up. I had a few... Read more »

paralyzed with fear

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...the needle. I do not know where she grabbed the needle from. she was quick and hesitated to ask her to get a new needle. I am afraid she may have used a contaminated needle on me and am worried even more. So , far I had 3 oraquick tests out to 14... Read more »