You won't get hiv from a q tip. HIV is spread in very specific ways including having unprotected vaginal or anal sex (penis in vagina or anus without condom) or sharing IV drug needles to inject drugs. That's it. Air and saliva inactivate the virus. So, even a q tip touching your membrane of your nose or inside your mouth will NOT transmit the virus. You do not have ARS from this issue of the covid test. If you have worry where this fear pops into your head often, that is health anxiety. if that is the case, that is a treatable disorder.