This past Monday, I got a call very early in the morning. I had a bad feeling about it immediately, as no one ever calls me that early.
I nervously answered the phone. A woman named Leanetta identified herself as an employee of the Health Department, and said she was calling concerning a matter of public health.
She told me that I had been recently exposed to HIV through contaminated medical equipment at my dentist’s office. And that I needed to be tested ASAP.
I was so shocked that I almost hung up on her. And I could barely speak for a long time. Finally, I got my speech back and managed to ask her a few questions. We arranged for her to come to my house and draw my blood for testing.
Over the next few days, all I could do was wait. I got super paranoid and started thinking the worst. I basically just shut down and stopped functioning.
Until Friday, when she called me with the results. I was NEGATIVE!
I’m so relieved. And I’m just starting to function again. I’m sorry that I’ve been absent from the forum this week. But things will get better and I’ll be around again.
The Health Dept is conducting a full investigation of my dentist’s office and testing all of the other patients who were exposed. So I’m waiting to hear the results.
I actually love my dentist, but I think I’m much too traumatized by the experience to ever go back there–no matter what the results of the investigation are.
I’m just thankful that I made it through this, healthy and minimally damaged.
I hope to be healthy and alive for a long time!