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Probably just asking the same question that has been answered plenty

I took a test at 77 days (miscounted when the insistent happened, I thought it was closer to the 12 week mark which I seen online) test was negative at 77 days, not sure what exact test was use I know they sent it to a lab and I got a call about 5 days later. I understand this is good news but considering I am married and the guidelines i have seen is 12 weeks/90 days/3 months which are all a different number of days. My incident was I got stuck pretty good with a used tattoo needle while in the process of the tattoo. I immediately cleaned it and did the proper things after it happened. My doctor just has me freaked out cause he is saying my test was far too early and I need to get tested again at 3 months and 6 months. That’s just a very long time to keep up with this anxiety I have about this situation. And he didn’t really have much answers to any questions just said he’ll look into some stuff and get back to me.  I hate to question a medical professional but you see so much different information about this “window period” and this has been weighing very heavy on my day to day. Just trying to keep my loved one safe and remain calm at the same time. I apologize if this is just an annoying question at this point but I guess to talk to someone who is much more knowledgeable about the situation might ease my mind. You just hear so much different information with any kind of research. Is the 12 week test absolutely necessary?
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This is an ultra-low, if any risk.  There's absolutely no reason to be concerned, particularly if you went to a reputable tattoo shop.  But really, there's no need to be concerned at all.  Greater risks exist for bacterial infection (which you obviously don't have) and HepC/HepB from an incident like this.

Really, I wouldn't worry about it at all.  If you're in a developed country, chances are you were given a 4th generation test, which is conclusive at 28 days.  NO ONE recommends testing beyond 3 months, using even previous-generation tests, so if you can't sleep over this, test one more time 90+ days after the event and put it totally behind you.  I cannot emphasize enough how low a risk this would be, though.
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I was the tattoo artist and I am very clean, this was just a mishap while giving someone a tattoo. Which I’m very embarrassed about because I try to take precautions as seriously as I can. I live in the US so it’s safe to assume I got a 4th generation test?
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Your situation involves personal contact with an object in air  (tattoo needle ). You will be happy to learn that you had no risk, because you can't get hiv from personal contact except unprotected penetrating vaginal or anal, neither of which you did and you didn't share hollow needles to inject with which is the only other way to acquire hiv - there are only 3 ways to get hiv. Analysis of large numbers of infected people over the 40 years of hiv history has proven that people don't get hiv in the way you are worried is a risk.
HIV is a fragile virus in air or saliva and is effectively instantly dead in either air or saliva so the WORST that could happen is dead virus rubbed you, and obviously anything which is dead cannot live again so you are good. Blood and cuts would not be relevant in your situation since the hiv has become effectively dead, so you don't have to worry about them to be sure that you are safe.
There is no reason for a person to test when they are safe. The advice took into consideration that the other person might be positive, so move on and enjoy life instead of thinking about this non-event. hiv prevention is straightforward since there are only 3 ways you can become infected, so next time you wonder if you had a risk, ask yourself this QUESTION. "Did I do any of the 3?" Then after you say "No, I didn't" you will know that it's time to move on back to your happy life.
No one got hiv from what you did during 40 years of hiv history and no one will get it in the next 40 years of your life either. You can do what you did any time and be safe.
If you informed him this was about a tattoo needle, consider finding a better doctor that doesn't waste your time.
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I appreciate your time. I hope you all here understand how much you help people calm down. What you do is important, Thanks again.
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