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Hello,I am 34 year old male with no medical history. I recently had a hiv test. I didn’t pay attention to see if a new needle was used, but I did see the needle used on me get thrown away. About 2 weeks later I developed a cold with runny nose congestion sore throat and low grade fever. I am a bit anxious about being infected as I have read these symptoms sometimes can be related to ars. Is there a risk here from re used needles? Do I need to do another test again in a few weeks?
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Doctor: Dr. Shah, Doctor replied 2 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Shah, Doctor replied 2 months ago

Hi,

Where did you get this HIV testing? Is this the first HIV test? What was the reason for testing?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I got this test at a private clinic in the UK where I live. The reason for the test was that I had a wisdom tooth removed several years ago and was anxious about it.
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Are you able to assist?
Doctor: Dr. Shah, Doctor replied 2 months ago

Thanks for the information.

It is extremely rare to get HIV from this kind of clinical settings. Health care professionals are at risk of needle stick as they deal with several patients. But, in your case, it was a routine testing and they should have used new needle for every patients. Also, you are in UK, the chance of someone re-using the needle would very unlikely. I don't think you need any other HIV testing.

Please let me know if you have any other question for me.

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Doctor: Dr. Shah, Doctor replied 2 months ago

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I understand I am not saying they didn’t use a new needle I just saying I didn’t see if they used a new one. Also what about these symptoms are they just a common cold? Do they resemble symptoms of ARS?
Doctor: Dr. Shah, Doctor replied 2 months ago

I can understand your concern, but it's the guideline/instruction to use new needle for every patient. Also, just for your information, the risk of getting HIV from needle sharing is very low; 63 out of 10,000 incidents. The symptoms that you experience must have been from some viral infection which is very common.

I hope it helps.

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Doctor: Dr. Shah, Doctor replied 2 months ago

Hi,

Is there any other question I can answer for you?

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take care.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I have a further question. Do you think this is health anxiety? Is it irrational to tbink a new needle was not used.
Doctor: Dr. Shah, Doctor replied 2 months ago

I can understand your anxiousness, but in reality, this kind of HIV transmission very very unlikely. I can reassure that 100% of all clinics and hospitals use new needle. Actually, there is no reason not to use new needle, a lot of liabilities, no one wants to take the risk.

take care

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Doctor: Dr. Shah, Doctor replied 2 months ago

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Did you get my answer? Please let me know if you have any follow-up question for me.

Take care,

Dr. Shah

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