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Offline GeoDude

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HIV fears
« on: May 24, 2014, 11:23:15 AM »
Hello everyone,
I'm a teenager who is currently afraid of developing HIV because of a garbage picking incident I had, about a month ago. Last month I was doing some community service hours in the park, via picking up garbage. I was wearing a latex glove that day and i think I reached to far in and a throned plant stabbed my hand. Furthermore, I do not recall picking up needles or anything of that sort. After the initial puncture, i noticed 3 white bump on my hand that were really itchy and one red on my knuckle. The white bump disappeared in a matter of hours and the red one; in about a day or so. From that moment on, i have had a fear of getting HIV. I have not experienced any symptoms until lately. 

The symptoms i am experiencing are:
A skin rash ( I think this was caused by prolonged sun exposure)  the red dots are disappearing
Stuffy and runny nose
mild headache
I had a a sore throat for a day
increased heart rate
Sweating at night happened once ( probably due to the fact that i was sleeping with two blankets on a relatively hot day)
Non constant joint pain (Probably due to exercise)
I feel heaver ( i think the head ache is causing this)
Coughed once or twice

These symptoms that i possess are not disabling in any way and i can go about my day in  a relatively normal fashion. One more point that makes me think that I dont have HIV is that my dad experiences the same symptoms so i might of caught it from him.
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Offline vardnas

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Re: HIV fears
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 01:00:33 PM »
Hey GeoDude,

I think it would help you to read up on exactly how HIV is transmitted. By and large it's transmitted by way of unprotected sexual contact with an infected partner, or through blood to blood contact. You cannot get it by being stabbed by a plant. For that to happen, an HIV-infected individual would've had to have found the particular plant that stabbed you, bled all over it, and made sure to do it in a recent enough amount of time to ensure that the virus was viable when you found it. Logically, does that sound likely to you?
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Re: HIV fears
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 01:06:05 PM »
Impossible. Do your research.
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Offline NytViolet

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Re: HIV fears
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014, 02:03:22 PM »
VARDNAS and NK904 are absolutely right -- an HIV+ person would have had to bleed profusely all over the plant needle within just a few minutes of you pricking yourself.  You DO NOT HAVE HIV, no way, no-how, not a chance, forget-abowd-it, nunca, absolutely ZERO chance of you having it.  I know it's tough being in your shoes, but those of us who are older and actually messed around WITHOUT protection back in the 80's and 90's and went through the testing KNOW the ways you can contract it, and what happened to you is NOT one of them.  You can stop worrying about this today.  Hugs!
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Re: HIV fears
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 02:55:35 PM »
HIV can only survive for a few minutes outside of the body. What ever poked you has probally been there anywaywhere from hours to weeks. You're fine

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