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Acupuncture and chances of HIV transmission - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi I did acupuncture 4 weeks ago (1 time) and now i am worried about hiv.
I have a red throat now but no pain no nothing.
How worried should i be?
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   i am 33 years old
User :   male
User :   from sweden
Doctor :   ok
User :   are u a hiv specialst?
User :   specialist
Doctor :   no i am not , i am a general Physician and i can help you within my expertise
Doctor :   now your concern is that can the accupuncture needle cause HIV ?
User :   well i am concerned about everything really
User :   i only did the acupuncture one time
User :   now i read about symptoms on the internet and i get really scared
User :   and stresed
User :   its killing me
Doctor :   Acupuncture treatment may lead to transmission of bacterial infections, hepatitis B and C, and even HIV ,PROVIDED the needles were infected. BUT also at the same time the symptoms does not appear so rapidly
Doctor :   HIV does not cause a red throat
Doctor :   tell me your symptoms
User :   it dosent?
User :   my symptoms are only a red throat thats it
User :   no pain or anything
Doctor :   To prevent infections transmitted by acupuncture, infection control measures should be implemented, such as use of disposable needles, skin disinfection procedures and aseptic techniques.
Doctor :   now see we are more concerned about a bacterial infection RATHER than a HIV
Doctor :   as it CAN happen but its rare extremely rare
User :   so when would teh sympoms come then
User :   as wikepedia says 2-4 weeks
User :   i am soon on week 4
Doctor :   i can assure you its not HIV
Doctor :   dont worry
User :   thats great to hear
Doctor :   it can be just a minor infection that can be treated with a small dose of antibiotics
Doctor :   there is no clear evidence exists to support a link between acupuncture and HIV infection
Doctor :   its mostly theoretically
User :   yes i know i heard that but i am still panic and more panic
Doctor :   you have any fever ?
User :   no
Doctor :   well dont be in any panic mode
Doctor :   you need to calm down
User :   but i cant thats my problem
Doctor :   do you have any throat pain ?
User :   no
Doctor :   well i can assure you that all you need to do is that just stay calm
User :   i also want to ask about a blood test i did
User :   it came out normal
Doctor :   well thats good news
Doctor :   dont worry
User :   how come?
Doctor :   if your test are normal than it means that you are ok
User :   but hiv cant be spotted in a normal blood test if i am not mistajen
User :   mistaken
Doctor :   you dont have HIV , if you still want to get your self tested you can
Doctor :   the test name is called western blot
Doctor :   and it will be only positive after 3 months
Doctor :   but in your case i can assure you
User :   so u are 100% i am not infected u mean?
Doctor :   yes i can assure you
User :   ok last question from my side
User :   can heopatis b and c be spotted in a normal blood test?
User :   hepatitis
Doctor :   there is specific test for it
Doctor :   if it was done then its ok
Doctor :   you can ask for it
User :   ok i wanna thank your for help then
Doctor :   your most welcome
User :   can i get this send to my mail?
Doctor :   dont worry you will be fine
Doctor :   yes you can access your account this chat will be saved there

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