Needlestick injury help please

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I keep thinking I have HIV from a needle stick injury at work on ( June 27 ) I got a rapid HIV test on ( July 27) it came back negative I keep thinking about it and checking symptoms online worrying a lot I check my body and I noticed

I'm sweating a lot more

tingling in both legs and my left arm ad once in a while my right arm. ( the tingling occurs more when I'm at work and sometimes at home.)

random pains in arms in legs


Weakness in arms and legs

bottom of feet hurt

nausea ( feeling it but have not thrown up )

I have a little cough 2 days ago ( but I think I caught my brothers cold )

1) what test do doctor used to test for HIV ( do I request the duo test )

2) are the symptoms HIV related or sound more stress related?

3) how high is the transmission rate for HIV via needle stick injury

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    Go to the doctor, share you're problems and see what he will say about that. And better take the HIV test after 2 more months.

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    Symptoms would be fever, swollen gland night sweat. 

    Ask doctor to do 4th generation test , those are 90% accurate after 28 days. 

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    The chances of catching HIV from a needle stick are surprisingly low. Pretty sure it’s 0.3% chance if the needle even has HIV infected blood in it. Worth checking those stats but I was told by a doctor who works with the virus.

    28 days with a rapid test will be pretty accurate but test again at 3 months to be absolutely certain.

    Sounds more likely that you are suffering symptoms of serious anxiety - which is completely understandable. But I think your risk after texting negative along with the low risk anyway means u should relax! 

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    A lot of your symptoms could come down to stress/anxiety. Once my results were confirmed to be negative, I was able to relax and everything I thought was a symptom of HIV went away.
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