I am writing to see if I should continue testing for HIV. My situation is a little unique in that I feel like I ran down the virus. My situation began October 16th, 2017 while I was in the hospital setting... a man walked passed me and a very sharp pain went through my back. I was not sure if the man had stuck me with anything but my back was very red. Due to the fact that I am not sexually active and do not have a history of drug use, I totally freaked out. I started testing for HIV immediately. I did not have much knowledge of the virus so I started testing with my doctor, in various health clinics, and at the health departments. I tested for total of 6.5 months even though everyone told me to stop because it was probably just a muscle spasm. I did not listen out of complete fear and worry. All my tests were negative.
However, during my last test at the health department, I was stuck by a dirty needle that was placed down in the testing chair I was sitting in. I reported the incident, but no prevention medication was given. I was told that the prick was nothing to worry about. I went on with my life, but my health took a serious turn for the worse. I started experiencing headaches, muscle pain, swollen glands, fevers, night sweats, coated tongue, fatigue, numbness and more.
So far since the incident, I have tested 12x up to 6.5 months.
2 weeks- 4th generation blood draw
2 months - 4th generation blood draw
3 months - 3rd generation rapid
3 home tests- 3rd generations
3 hospital blood draws- test generations unknown
5 months- 4th generation rapid
6 months- 3rd generation
6.5 months- 4th generation rapid
I wish I would have never allowed fear to destory my health and life. I wish I would have listened, tested with my private doctor, and relaxed. Now, I may have something I can't get rid of and it is all my fault. The guilt alone is slowinf destroying me. Do I need to continue to keep testing? I don't know what to do anymore.