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Cut to Cut
Aug 3, 2006

Can someone please answer my question I'm freaking out! I went to an AIDS benefit on Saturday and I shook hundreds of hands with people who were infected with HIV. I also squeezed alot of faces to say how cute they were. When I got home I was horrified to see a cut on my thumb. It was not a scab and when I sqeezed it blood came out. Now that I look at my whole hand I see little scabs all over it the size of pin heads that must not have been scabbed over at the time either. Is there anyway someone had a cut on their hand or face as a touched it? Even if someone had an open but non bleeding cut and our cuts touched am I still at risk? Could sweat or salavia from the bar have gotten into it? 5 days into this nightmare my throat has been killing me I've been sneezing and my body aches. Please Help! I am so upset about this. Maybe someone can put my mind at ease until I can get tested in November 3 months from now!!! I don't know if I can wait that long!! Can someone try and get back to me today so maybe there's a chance I can sleep tonight withouth the 3 xanax! Thanks from a totally paranoid girl!

Response from Dr. Young

Dear TPG,

Relax.

You don't get HIV this way.

If you're having to take Xanax for your anxiety, maybe getting the definitive answer (by testing) would be a more effective therapeutic. BY



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