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Lancet stick

I used a lancet to take hiv rapid test. And I bought the lancet from an individual seller. I’m so worried if someone drop hiv blood on it and will the lancet carry with hiv+ blood put me at risk if I use it to prick my finger?
I’ve just found an article in forum and it said “Needlestick injuries: The risk of HIV transmission from a needlestick involving HIV-containing blood is estimated to be 0.23 percent or a little over 1 in 50”
As the article said, is the lancet contained with hiv+ blood and then pricked me the same situation and risk at 0.23 percent?
sorry for my poor English, I’m so anxious after reading this article in forum. Please someone help me
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You aren't going to get HIV from an HIV test. That is when you know anxiety has taken over. The ONLY ways adults get HIV is to have unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse or share IV needles to INJECT drugs. Needle blood draws do not transmit the virus. Believing you may have gotten HIV from a purchased new lancet? This sounds like, in all seriousness, you need to work with your doctor on treating an anxiety disorder. Air inactivates the virus. No risk
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Thank you for your kind reply. May I ask what’s the difference between a lancet prick and the situation of needle stick @0.23%? I probably will see a doctor to treat my ocd,but if someone really drop hiv+ blood on a lancet,why it's no risk?If air inactivate the virus,what does the risk in the article about 0.23% needle stick injuries stand for?
Well, first of all, you are talking about a new needle you bought to test. That is different than a HEALTHCARE WORKER  getting pricked in such a setting. And that is negligible. .23%? People just don't get HIV from taking an hiv test. It doesn't make sense and you aren't getting hiv from this. What was your risk that you felt you needed to test for? Truly, you sound to suffer anxiety.
Thank you for your reply again. I bought it from an private seller not from an official website. If that private seller did drop hiv+ blood on the lancet,would it be a risk?I really feel anxious and I do schedule a therapy. But would you pls answer me this specific question if this private seller do drop hiv positive blood on the lancet. And i recieved the lancet 3 hours later and pricked my finger. Really appreciate for your patient reply.
These are MOST certainly anxiety drive questions. Why would a private seller drop "HIV" blood on it? This is the workings of mental health issues. One thing you will learn in therapy is that reassurance just makes it worse so I am giving no more. Your job is to stop the obsession and not test, not question, not look things up and not ask. THAT is how you recover from this. And since you didn't answer why you took the test, I must only assume that was also for a no risk. Take care and work on your anxiety.
Sorry for missing your question. I took the test because it's Dec.1st and there are a lot of tiktok feeds about hiv make me nervous. So I bought the lancet and the test kit.
I search a lot in my countries forum and a lot of people do have the same anxious just like me,i mean even the same stupid specific question about lancet. And lot of them said there are risk for this situation. These made me anxious more and that's why i come here for help.
Really hope you would answer my question and I would also retweet what I learn from here to my countries forum.
As expected, the entire thing is an anxiety driven exercise. TikTok video inspiration to test. You never had a risk that you were testing for. Just did it because you got nervous. Then worried the test gave it to you. Can you not see the irrational aspect to this? Get help for your anxiety. Time to move on.
One further follow up on ocd/anxiety. The issue with this is that a thought gets stuck. Everyone has random thoughts a thousand times a day. Your thoughts stick. Then you are compelled (the compulsion) to try to do something to make yourself feel better. You 'might' temporarily feel better. But ultimately, you have just fed your ocd a dose of what it wants. And it will come right back. The ONLY way to stop it is to stop the other end if a thought gets stuck. DON'T do your usual. Test, read, talk about it, ask about it, look things up, etc. Just don't. This takes the power away from the thought. You'll feel uncomfortable but that won't hurt you. You just have to deal with it. This is how it goes away and stops. And you'll have other spider webs of fears crop up with sticky thoughts. Label them, move on and distract doing something else. this is a treatable illness. Treat it as such.
Really appreciate for your advice. I think the very important thing drive my anxious is that in my countries culture hiv is concerned as disease from feculant behavior. And as I mentioned,even a lot of doctors in official hospital will give us answer such as a reused lancet with blood on it is Risky. Hope my country can learn more about the facts about hiv,the ignorance from some doctors really make a lot of people anxious like me.
I'll do my theraphy soon but actually people in my country don't consider ocd as a real illness as well, that's what I‘m really suffering from.
You can learn strategies on line as to how to handle your ocd. Look up intrusive thought ocd, ERP therapy for ocd. You can begin to work on managing your thoughts a little on your own. Medication does help too if that is available in your country at all
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I see the needle stick injuries from this article
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