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    Getting Infected at testing site
    miamidude123 posted:
    Hi ,

    I went for testing last week for an HIV test. The test was non reactive. I wonders is it possible for getting infected at site. She opened the clearview packet in front of me but is it possible to transfer blood using finger prick device. She used clothing swab to wipe out blood from my finger but not sure if those swab were sterilized or not. Can these clothing swab cause HIV? One thing making me paranoid, I noticed initially HIV consuler was shivering little bit. I am not sure if she was planning to infect me and that was guilty factor/

    Secondly its about one week and I am feeling little tired these days and having heartburn and digestive issues. Does Ars start building up gradually or they just occurs?
    georgiagail responded:
    "Can these clothing swab cause HIV"


    Seriously, why would the HIV counselor want to infect you?

    Heartburn and digestive issues are not symptoms of HIV.

    georgiagail responded:
    There is absolutely no reason that the counselor would want to infect you. And no, the "clothing swab" that was used cannot transmit HIV.

    miamidude123 replied to georgiagail's response:
    Actually I went there third time for testing and she was kind upset on me and one week before this test, she sent me back without test as I had negative result before. She had me wait like 30 minutes before testing when no one is there for testing.

    In all practicality, it seems just impossible though what is your opinion in this regard? Finger prick lancet cant transmit blood and from clothes/swab cant transmit HIV. Correct? and Thanks for your response
    georgiagail replied to miamidude123's response:
    New lancets are used each time to prick fingers for the blood sample. And no, clothes/swabs do not transmit HIV.

    Perhaps the counselor is tired of seeing you; you may be like one of many who post here who are so fearful of being HIV positive that they either test before they should, test too frequently or have difficulty accepting the negative test results and continue to test.


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