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Worried about HIV after undergoing acupuncture - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
I did acupuncture 4 weeks ago and now i am worried about hiv.
I did it only one time i am worried sick though.
I have a red throat but no other symptoms.
How worried should i be?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi dr
User :   test
Doctor :   ok
User :   are u an expert on hiv?
Doctor :   how can i help you ?
Doctor :   Yes i am
User :   great
User :   well i am worruing sick
User :   and i dont know how worried i should be
User :   i did acupuncture 4 weeks ago
Doctor :   may i know if you have undergone acupunture with a trained person
User :   yes he was
Doctor :   and did the person use clean and new needles (which are single use and disposed after one use ) ?
User :   rather expensive and famous
Doctor :   In that case, there is no risk of HIV
User :   well they said they only use the needles once and then trow them away
User :   but how can i trust him i dont know him
Doctor :   hiv is transmitted only if the procedure is done with reused needles and only when the person it was prior used is a HIV infected patient
Doctor :   since you paid a lot to him, i dont think he will be using reused needles on you
Doctor :   most services that are expensive , try to give world class and safe services and they do charge you additionally for the needles , which is included in the total cost
Doctor :   so there is no risk of HIV with you
User :   what about the symptoms
User :   i erad on wikepedia
User :   i have a red throat no pain or nothing though
Doctor :   HIV is detected by Serology tests
Doctor :   and not by the presence of symptoms like sorethroat
Doctor :   the diagnosis does not care about the presence of symptoms
User :   2-4 weeks about some syptoms
Doctor :   you have had sorethroat , which is a common bacterial infection
User :   so how worried should i be?
Doctor :   no need to worry at all
User :   as i worrying sick
Doctor :   You dont have HIV
User :   how sure are you?
Doctor :   200%
User :   thats nice to hear
Doctor :   Acute HIV syndrome has weight loss, diarrhea, generlised Lymph node enlargement
Doctor :   i see a lot of cases like this
Doctor :   and all cases are negative for HIV
User :   first weeks?
Doctor :   within a month , usually there are no symptoms at all
User :   acute hiv when?
User :   acute hiv is when? first weeks?
Doctor :   it can appear after 1 month to 6 months
User :   so me testing me make no scence then?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   even if u test , it will be negative
User :   hypthetically speaking (sorry my spelling)
User :   where is there a bigger chance to get or at the acupuncture
Doctor :   infection by dental procedure
User :   so by anymeans i should be more worried about the dentist in that case (which i am not)
Doctor :   yes , no need to worry
User :   u said u are an expert in hiv right?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   yes i am
User :   am i here?
User :   and i wanted a hiv expert
User :   ok as yesterday i spoke to a so called normal doctor
Doctor :   i am a HIV expert
Doctor :   yes, you spoke
Doctor :   And he is a General physician
Doctor :   Are you back ?
User :   test
User :   test
Doctor :   hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Do you have any more query
Doctor :   Are you there ?
Doctor :   Test
User :   test
Doctor :   ok
User :   yes but something seems wrong with teh chat
User :   and my time is up how come so fats?
User :   fast
Doctor :   can u give me your no
Doctor :   and then we can add time for you
Doctor :   at no extra cost
User :   u mean my cell nr right?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   thats right
User :   ok what i do now?
Doctor :   Are you there ?
Doctor :   also provide , your ISD code
Doctor :   we will call you or send you a mail
Doctor :   and add more time for you
User :   come back or?
Doctor :   We will be sending you a email with details for addition of chat time for you.
Doctor :   please check your emails for additional information
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
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