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Worried about contacting HIV after undergoing acupuncture - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi does the chat work now?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   woudl like to speak with a hiv expert
User :   i
Doctor :   I am a General Physician, I believe I can help
you within my expertise and If required I
shall recommend a specialist.
User :   well hypothetacallu speaking (sorry my spelling)
User :   how easy/hard is it to transmid hiv from acupuncture
User :   i only did it one time (6 needles)
User :   4 weeks ago
Doctor :   It is very hard to say that somebody got HIV from acupuncture
User :   how come
Doctor :   But when the needles are reused or not sterile or used on sombdody with HIV
Doctor :   and again reused , the chances are are obviously there
Doctor :   It is not hypothetical
User :   how big/small chances then?
Doctor :   It could be practical when the practice is not perfect
User :   so lets say the guy before me had hiv
User :   which is of course not the case
User :   in precentages how likely si that the other guy gets infected?
Doctor :   I can say chances are very low but sorry I have no numbers
User :   so how worry should i be
User :   as i am really worried
Doctor :   sorry I was answering for the previous querion
Doctor :   your Q" how big/small chances then?
User :   yes
Doctor :   But when you site the specific examples : the guy before you might had HIV and then u have acupuncture
User :   i am just speculating
User :   where 50 people are infected out of 2 million so the chances are small of course that the guy before me had hiv
Doctor :   even though the chances are low but there are chances
User :   but i just want worst scenario case
User :   like having sex with a girl 1 time teh chances of getting hiv is like 1 in 200.000?
User :   right?
Doctor :   I understood the numbers
Doctor :   I searched i did not find numbers
User :   can u ask someone there?
User :   what are the chances that if someone before me had hiv and i used the acupuncture then
Doctor :   there are episodic evensts in literature
User :   ?
User :   what does that mean?
Doctor :   case reports
User :   and?
Doctor :   some articles say no chances:
User :   so how worried should i be?
User :   cant u transfer me to a hiv epert please?
Doctor :   Here I want to ask u few details?
User :   ye
Doctor :   Were the same needles used?
User :   they say no
User :   but i dont know that
Doctor :   U becoming paranoid
User :   i know
Doctor :   next Q, was there any bleeding during procedure
User :   no (so they said)
Doctor :   while needle insertion
Doctor :   That is good
Doctor :   so there was possible use of sterile needles and there is no blleding during during puncture
Doctor :   those are good signs
Doctor :   But Still u worried
User :   yes
User :   what about hiv sympotms
Doctor :   Here you can do few things
Doctor :   Usually acute Retroviral Syndrome can cause symptoms in 4 weeks
Doctor :   high fever, diffuse lymphnode el\nlargement
Doctor :   But this very rare
User :   i have red throat
User :   nothing else
Doctor :   So that is HIV
Doctor :   When was the procedure done?
Doctor :   there are 2 tests
User :   4 weeks ago
User :   i dont follow u
Doctor :   1 can be performed early with 2 weeks
Doctor :   And it is very good
Doctor :   The test HIV PCR RNA
Doctor :   if u r infected it will show it now
Doctor :   u can get thgis done
User :   u are scaring me even more
User :   Doctor: So that is HIV
Doctor :   shall I stop giving info
User :   what u mean with this
User :   u said so this is hiv
User :   i said i have red throat
Doctor :   sorry
Doctor :   That is not HIV
Doctor :   Severe, high fever, painful enlarged lemphnodes in the body indicates Acur\te Virtal Syndrome
Doctor :   Just sore throat is concurrance
User :   when is that?
User :   first weeks / months?
Doctor :   When is what ?
Doctor :   Syndrome?
User :   yes
User :   when should someone get that?
User :   if infected with hiv?
Doctor :   ARS / Acute HIV Syndrome strikes as a flu-like sickness usually about 2 to 4 weeks following initial infection of HIV
User :   i have nothing lik ethat
User :   the other doctor i spoke to said i dont have hiv 200%
User :   know him?
Doctor :   I know him
User :   he is better then u on hiv things?
Doctor :   From history u have no symptoms
User :   only red throat
Doctor :   nut u still worried
Doctor :   *but
User :   very
Doctor :   just red throat is not a sign of infection
Doctor :   Syndrome means it has multiple symptoms
Doctor :   This is bad remark
User :   just ask?
Doctor :   U can continue chat with him
User :   u did not get me right
User :   i just asked
User :   someone is good at some things
User :   other ar others
Doctor :   Look here
Doctor :   U r not my teacher
Doctor :   Do u want info
Doctor :   I will help u
User :   very srry to upsedt u
Doctor :   if u offend me I can chat. I am a human geing
User :   very sorry
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i am worrying sick
User :   and as u said i am geting paranoid
Doctor :   May I ask you one straight Q
User :   ye
Doctor :   Every conversation has point.
Doctor :   I really understand u r paranoid
Doctor :   But the chances of infection r low
Doctor :   at this point u want , do u want assurance or infoimration
Doctor :   Let us be scientific.
Doctor :   if u have no query, no doubts the question may not have arised
Doctor :   But because u came online and chatting for info , I have to give both side info
User :   i give every info u want
Doctor :   based on the info do u want me decide, is that right?
User :   well
User :   i dont know,i just know that i am killing my self like this
User :   even though i know the chances are almost zero
User :   i think negative
Doctor :   And based on info I have honestly 2-3 times told u there is no chances of infection
User :   ok hypthetacally
User :   when should i worry/if i should worry
Doctor :   Again u say hypothetically
Doctor :   u r not clearing ur mind
User :   if i get a fever in the next weeks
User :   worry no worry?
Doctor :   Do not worry
User :   u telling me 100% no chance of infection?
Doctor :   Do not think that u will get high fever, with lymphnode enlargement etc
Doctor :   This is all anticipatory fear
User :   well i am sick in my head
User :   thats my problem
Doctor :   I am trying to clean it out
Doctor :   but not working
Doctor :   Do you need objective evidence to clean ur thoughts
User :   i need something thats fofr sure
User :   as its killing me this
Doctor :   Do you need some objective evidence that you have HIV
User :   i need someone to tell me that i am not infcted by doing one acpuncture on a famous place
Doctor :   I am sorry
Doctor :   I am not the person to tell u that
Doctor :   consult HIV speciAList on panel
Doctor :   He may give u his opinion
User :   here with u guys u mean?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Go servces
User :   how i get in touch with them then?
Doctor :   select specialty
Doctor :   select HIV specialist
Doctor :   Write your query
Doctor :   Some times they can even talk to u
Doctor :   u have to request separelt
Doctor :   *seperately
Doctor :   this is link
Doctor :   He is not HIV specialist
User :   he told me he was........any way
User :   your final coment is......i should not worry?
User :   am i here?
Doctor :   Man plz
Doctor :   What can I do?
User :   sorry to bother u ver sorry
Doctor :   Do you have any questions
User :   last one
User :   are u americans or?
Doctor :   You have no thinking because of paranoa
User :   yes i know
Doctor :   Mind should work like a machine
User :   i am paranoid and its killing me
User :   i have a great life but thios shit paranoid shit is killing me
Doctor :   Doctor is here to give u advise rthat is all
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting
Doctor :   chances of infections are almost zero
User :   just last one

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