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Worried about contacting HIV/ hepatitis by accidental prick by a needle - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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User :   I was poked with a pinat my taylor's shop
User :   Im freaking out
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   What is that worrying you?
Doctor :   What are you apprehensive about?
User :   some disease having entered me
User :   HIV HEP
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   24 m
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   So when did this happen?
User :   right now
User :   10 min ago
Doctor :   Ok
User :   im freaking out
Doctor :   HIV or Hepatitis
Doctor :   is caused by infected blood or tissue
Doctor :   if that had come in contact with that instrument
Doctor :   and that entered into your skin, not just on skin
Doctor :   Are you getting it?
User :   no i saw blood
User :   it poked me bad
User :   i was bleding
User :   but i didn't see the needle
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   That needle does not come in contact with human skin as such
Doctor :   so there is no need to be worrisome about it
User :   but I did bleed
Doctor :   if at all it has pricked someone very hard
Doctor :   and if he is infected
Doctor :   then it can carry it not even for minutes in HIV
Doctor :   for some hours in case of Hep B
Doctor :   So there are many deleting factors here
Doctor :   there is no evidence or enough reason
User :   ok
Doctor :   for you to panic about it
User :   u know how taylors hold the pins in their mouth
User :   while measuring
User :   how about that
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   that does not transmit infection
Doctor :   and that XXXXXXXX has to be infected right
Doctor :   which is also not very likely one
User :   well i can't ask her
Doctor :   Ok
User :   but saliva doesn't contain the virus to infect?
Doctor :   and have you got vaccinated against Hep B?
User :   yes
User :   in the middle of it
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   then no risk of Hepatitis B
Doctor :   and risk of HIV in this case
Doctor :   is negligible
Doctor :   No worries hence
User :   and hep c?
Doctor :   Good question
Doctor :   but the risk is mainly in the first 2
Doctor :   Hepatitis incidence is quite less compared to that
Doctor :   Hepatitis B is the main of all
Doctor :   as it has the highest potetntial to get transmitted
User :   u know, whenever these things happen, i jump to a dr.s office and get tested
User :   but im tired of doing that
User :   would u get tested if u were me?
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   I would not have
User :   is it normal that im so worried?
User :   bc
Doctor :   I can understand
Doctor :   but you tell
Doctor :   that you have done it several times
Doctor :   that means it is a bit deviated from normal
User :   ok
User :   how can i stopthinking baout this
Doctor :   Deviate from that
User :   i know you're not a psychitrist
Doctor :   practice deep breathing
Doctor :   and do activities
Doctor :   in which you can loose yourself
Doctor :   so much absorbed I mean
User :   u know im getting engaged
User :   and im really scared if sth sreious like this happens
User :   im going nuts
Doctor :   Dont worry
Doctor :   Build up a positive attitude towards life
Doctor :   You can with repeated training
Doctor :   you should train your mind in that direction
Doctor :   from now on
User :   ok
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   not right now
User :   can i come back later to ask other qs?
User :   i think i have some time left
Doctor :   within 30 minutes from your start
Doctor :   you can come back
Doctor :   Not a problem
User :   oh one more thing
User :   i ahve some intrusive thoughts sometimes
User :   does this sound like one of them?
Doctor :   Not really
Doctor :   you have an issue
Doctor :   so it is wise to think of it
User :   cuz it doesn't let me go
User :   im trying really hard to let go
User :   im tramatized
Doctor :   Could you elaborate on that?
User :   it feels like trauma
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   should take it so hard
Doctor :   it is good to be concerned about such incidents
Doctor :   but not obsessed with it
User :   magic word
User :   can't stop myslef
User :   btw, how confidential is this chat?
Doctor :   100%
Doctor :   but with your login and password only
Doctor :   you should keep that secure
User :   ok
User :   how do u deal with trauma
Doctor :   Again you are worrying about this chat
Doctor :   such minor things
Doctor :   are perturbing you I guess
Doctor :   You can change the behaviour
Doctor :   with cognitive behavioural therapy
User :   i see
User :   um,
User :   if i were to get tested
User :   when would it show up
Doctor :   It should be done after 6 weeks
Doctor :   but not necessary
Doctor :   You can just forget it
User :   ill try
User :   it's really hard for me
User :   really really hard
User :   i get paralized when things happen
Doctor :   You need to do it
Doctor :   Train your mind
Doctor :   again and again
Doctor :   one day with repeated attempts
Doctor :   it shall become tuned
Doctor :   that is sure
User :   how can i train myslef on my own
Doctor :   Self counselling
Doctor :   tell yourself
Doctor :   that this is wrong
Doctor :   and avoid it
Doctor :   keep telling it
Doctor :   replace every negative thought with a positive one
Doctor :   ultimately negative thoughts come down
Doctor :   and there shall be more positivity in you
User :   but every second my brain tells me that im infected and that my Girlfirend is gonna leave me
User :   it's very strong
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   But you should stop that
User :   easier said than done
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   I understand that
Doctor :   But with a honest try
Doctor :   you can do it
Doctor :   I have seen many cases
Doctor :   who have overcome that
Doctor :   if you cannot
Doctor :   then there is psychiatrist
Doctor :   who shall make it better
Doctor :   with some medications
Doctor :   do not hesitate to consult him
Doctor :   you can fix your problem
User :   u know it was so bad
User :   that i even considered going to emergency room and askng for prophylaxs
Doctor :   That is called as Panic
Doctor :   everyone shall have it
Doctor :   so is you
Doctor :   controlling is the key
Doctor :   you have done that
Doctor :   controlled yourself
Doctor :   thats a good sign
User :   but u promise me that this incident wasn't real?
Doctor :   Sorry I could not get you?
User :   i want you to reassure me that im gonna be ok after todays incident
Doctor :   Assured
User :   promise?
Doctor :   Don't worry
Doctor :   Come back to me after 6 weeks
Doctor :   and let me know
Doctor :   your status
User :   but u said forget it
Doctor :   Yes
User :   and not get tested
Doctor :   Just forget it
Doctor :   and come back on chat
Doctor :   without test
Doctor :   Mark it
Doctor :   and just forget it
User :   what's your name
Doctor :   Dr. here
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