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Touching Skin Do I Need To Get Tested For HIV

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What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...lasts for six to 12 weeks after you've been infected. Once that period ends, you may well go years without your body giving away any sign whatsoever that you have HIV. This is why it's so important for everybody to get tested for HIV regularly (preferably once a year as part of a routine health checkup). Having HIV may be scary, but having HIV and not knowing it is a lot scarier, as we're about to explain. Having "AIDS" means your...
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Hepatitis C testing

I touched blood on a countertop back after a customer left and had wiped it off with a napkin with hand sanitizer on it in February and freaked out because I had a small cut on my hand (from dry skin, the top skin was still there)... it didn't seem...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I think it was okay to test to be conservative, but would have advised that the risk was extremely low. You are all set...I would not follow this up any further. Read more »

Lab Technician in Need! Donation will follow :)

Hi doc! I'm a female lab technician. We deal with human blood specimens for HIV testn pregnancy tests and so on. Here's my worry; I was trying to open a package the other day using a pen, and the pen stabbed me and pierced my skin and made it bleed!...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Your HIV-acquisition risk from the pen puncture is nonexistent. Neither worry nor HIV testing is warranted. PEP is certainly not indicated.Dr. Bob Read more »

HIV/AIDS CLINIC-NURSE NEEDS ADVICE. Donation added!

I work at an HIV/AIDS Clinic in a urban setting. I usually am OK with working there and rarely have fears. 1. I used the restroom directly after our HIV patients (like as he walked out, I walked in) I sat on the toilet seat and DID NOT use a seat...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...go back to not even letting it bother me and do my job without worrying?" Definitely the latter! The only way you can catch HIV in that bathroom stall is by having unsafe sex with an HIVer!2. Nope!3. Absolutely no risk.I would suggest you spend... Read more »

Doctor need a hug please answer me kindly i have just donated thank you so much 'i need your words

Dear doctor Bob,I have been living in complete fear, after a traumatic experience I always think that I will get sick from a hug a hand shake etc i have seem to lost my trust Recently I had a rapid saliva test done the test came out ok, but since I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...option. You need help!To specifically answer your questions:The HIV risk from a handshake or hug is nonexistent. The chances the testing site would reuse an OraQuick test is nonexistent. (The way they are made they cannot be reused.) Your... Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part II: Treatments for Fat Loss

...fullness. Temporary and permanent fillers are available.Temporary fillers usually last from three to 12 months and usually requiretouch-ups. Permanent fillers provide long-lasting results, but generally cannotbe removed if the outcome is not... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...Exposed? If you think you have been exposed to HIV, talk to your health care provider or the public health department, and get tested. For more information on HIV testing, see Fact Sheet 102 . If you are sure that you have been exposed, call... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...unfaithful "just once." Even people who got a negative test result might be infected. They might have been infected after they got tested, or they might have gotten the test too soon after they were exposed to HIV. Fact Sheet 102 has more... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

...from person to person through coughing, sneezing or talking by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something -- such as a surface or object -- with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. ... Read more »
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Check my research please? hiv risk.. no?

Posted by poblly, 2 Replies
...scrape. But from what i am reading there would have to be a signifigant amount of blood. There was not. And our fists just touched momenterilly so I don't think there would have been enough time for blood to come out of his hand and get in... Read more »

Please Help, Confused and scared...

Posted by jrob123, 2 Replies
...feel a irratable tingle sensation in my anus. I need help anyone with any feedback is much appreciated. Also I went to get tested after 10 days results were negative, but the nurse told me that its an antibody test and in 10 days there is no... Read more »

HIV Symtptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...I was having mild fever, following the fever in week 2 I was having muscle aches. One day both my hands were on pain n when touched it was hot. After that, incident I normally get light muscle pains on hands and legs. I feel that my lymph node... Read more »

Last time, before test!!

Posted by CJ64, 3 Replies
...of May. But I still have minor sore throat, numbness in hands and arms off/on only at night. Tops of my feet are really dry skin and derm of the scalp. Have had spots inside my mouth. Finger nails have changed colors. Also, folliculitous all... Read more »