|ANXIETY 2nd POSTING
Mar 15, 2002
Dear Dr. Bob,
I have sent this question to the Safe Sex and Transmission forum and also to yours. However, I did not receive a reply from either. My exposure was saliva from a colleague (HIV status unknown) got into my eyes when we were having a discussion. My fear is what would be my risk level if there is blood from bleeding gum in the saliva, and the eyes are mucous membrane? Is this something that I should worry a lot or it is just another causal contact? I am really worried. Please Please HELP. Just a YES/NO answer would be GOOD enough. Appreciate your reply.
Also, I am currently under going HIV phobia/anxiety treatment (on medication: Seroxat). Any advise from you to help me get over this fear quickly? I am quick to channel my thoughts to HIV whenever I got a cut, exposure to saliva into eyes, someone touches me from the back etcK Please Please HELP. Thanks.
Response from Dr. Frascino
You channel your thoughts to HIV whenever someone touches you from the back? Yep, you need that HIV phobia/anxiety treatment. Yes siree! Should you worry about people spitting in your eye? Nope! No siree!
In addition to Seroxat, I'm hoping you are also receiving some counseling. If not, I think it would be an excellent idea.
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