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How Do I Overcome Hiv Paranoia
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
What is the chance of HIV from working as an OR assistant with no "known"/ "felt" needle sticks. Is this just paranoia? Or should it be a concern
Doesn't happen: This simply isn't happening. HIV conversions among health care worker are reported and studied with great interest and we're simply not seeing an increased risk in folks who work around blood. The virus is very fragile, intact skin seems to be an impenetrable barrier to it, mucosa seems to need to be roughed-up by sex before it can be penetrated. Enjoy your work and stop worrying. ...Read more
Paranoia about HIV exposure. 4th Gen test, negative at 9th, 17th, and 37th day. RNA QL TMA early test, negative at 17th and 37th day. Can I rest easy?
Rest easy: There are 2 types of HIV tests, viral antibody tests are the most common and inexpensive. 95% of people who have contracted AIDS show positive within 90 days, but it can take 6 months. Then there are tests looking for the virus itself (viral load) these will be positive within 2 weeks or sooner. These are the early tests such as RNA QL TMA. Based on that, Be safe and relax. Good health ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get tested: The early stages of aids can be no different from many common illnesses and of course sometimes there are no symptoms for a long time after testing positive for hiv. There is no way to know unless you get tested. Getting tested is scary, but much less scary than being worried about every little thing. Counseling might help you too. Best wishes. ...Read more
Bit paranoid about poss. exp. to HIV.
4th gen and Rapid (2-4 wk test) came back neg. twice at 2 weeks, & neg. twice at 1 month. Did a 5 month 21 days test and came back neg. Do I still need a "6 month" test? Or can I definitively say I'm negative?
Negative: The 4th generation HIV tests are the most sensitive tests modern medicine has to offer for any disease. False negative rates are essentially 0 and re-testing repeatedly is not helpful unless you've had repeated risky contacts. The test combines HIV RNA (virus itself) detection with antibody detection, so a waiting period is not necessary after exposure as was the case with older tests. ...Read more
Had second HIV blood test done.
After a week I got my results back, and everything came back normal. Should I sill be paranoid, & worried so much?
Depends on timing: The important missing information is how long after your possible exposure you were tested. If it was long enough, the negative result is conclusive an you needn't be worried at all. That interval is 4 weeks for the 4th generation ("duo", "combo") HIV blood tests, and 6-8 weeks for all others. ...Read more
Have hypochondria about HIV- from work in an OR- not sexually.How do I overcome this? Tested negative 2 years ago. No known needle sticks- since but afraid any illness is HIV all the time- ex:dr said not to worry about 13cm spleen & still afraid hiv.
Illness Anxiety: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT very useful for your anxiety over HIV. If you are taking universal precautions in the OR, the likelihood that you will be infected is extremely low. You should also consider that there may be stress and other factors in your life outside of work that are contributing to this worry. Believe in yourself that you will overcome this. Find good therapist.Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of options: There are multiple treatment options. First- if you are having hallucinations and are wanting to hurt yourself or someone else, you should go to hospital to be safe. If you cannot, call a family member to come and help you. If ou can wait, make an appointment asap to see mental health provider-therapist or psychiatrist. Good luck! ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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