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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a 23 year old female, have never been sexually active waiting until marriage. My sister had someone living with us that was shooting up drugs, at the time I didn't know. I was cutting some vegtables in the kitchen and cut myself with a knife, I am not sure when the last time the knife was used maybe 10 mins prior to me cutting myself. Is this risk for HIV? Shortly after this, I was going to use nail clippers and was spraying them off with bleach, when doing that whatever was on the nail clippers and the bleach got into the cut. Am I at risk for this? After all this happened I went to the clinic and was tested for HIV somewhere between (5.7 - to a little over 6 weeks) it was negative. Was there risk and should I re-test? I have had swollen glands in my neck for about a week along with ulcers in my mouth one right after another and a dry cough (a pain that goes from behind my left ear down my neck into my shoulders). Are these worry some symptoms?
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   hello
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
Doctor :   HIV test ELISA will show result after 3 months of contact period.
Doctor :   From what you have said i don't see any history of contact.
User :   so there is no reason to re-test?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   last time the knife was used maybe 10 mins . Who used it?
User :   maybe my sister and I don't really know her status, since she may be doing drugs herself
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Your current symptoms suggest there is a infection.
Doctor :   You can get few testing done in order to confirm/ rule out infection.
Doctor :   Are those swollen glands painful?
User :   not really, just behind my left ear down my neck into my left shoulder, is painful sometimes but I don't know if that is due to stress
Doctor :   It would be better to get it checked.
User :   Do you think I have an risk for HIV by my exposure?
Doctor :   HIV is transmitted through exchange of body fluids.
User :   Would the test be any indication at 6 weeks?
Doctor :   Was it ELISA test?
User :   rapid test
Doctor :   You mean RT PCR?
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