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irrational fear
Mar 9, 2004

when you say someone has irrational fear of being infected with hiv, do you mean that it is irrational that they think they have exactly what elicits an hiv antibody response, or that they think that despite negative serologies, they might have contracted an infectious agent that can result in aids-like complications?

Response from Dr. Horwath

Irrational fears come in many forms. Some people have an irrational fear that they have become infected even though they have not had a real exposure. Others have had exposures followed by multiple negative serologies, but continue to have the irrational fear that they are infected. These are among the more common types of fears, but I'm sure that there are others.



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