There is nothing in what you report that suggests to me that you are at any risk at all for HIV from your experience in the DR. The symptoms you describe are totally non-specific, have alternate explanations, and could well be due to any number of causes which are then amplified over your anxiety. There is an easy answer to this- get tested. The test results will be absolutely reliable at this time. there is no downside to getting tested. Furthermore, I am confident that your test will be negative, allowing you to go on and out this whole unfortunate set of events behind you.
Hope this helps. EWH
Thanks very much for your advice doctor. I have visited three physicians and contacted 2 AIDS hotlines only to hear a similar response. They actually have suggested I go to an anxiety clinic to cope with my stress as they think I am being too critical of every small symptom.
Just one last point, the fever/weakness that I got a day I think I was pricked, would it go away within a day or two or would it last longer if it were from exposure to HIV? Also, during the last three months I have come down with laryngitis but have not been running any fever. Is fever a requisite in the seroconversion reaction?
THanks very much for your help.
And one follow up question, what are the chances of getting hiv through a needle/pin *****?
STOP!!!!!! You do not know that you were stuck with a needle. Furthermore, is you had, you would not have developed symptoms (fever) within 24 hours of the event. Just get tested and put this behind you. Let's not deteriorate into "what if...." and "could this be...." questions. It does you no good. EWH
Thanks for the help doc. I need to get over my anxiety more than anything else.