|Dr. Bob, grizzly bouncer needs help.
Mar 26, 2004
My last HIV test was January and it was negative.
Here's the trouble. I have fingered two girls since no cuts visible- and was involved in a massive brawl. I was not hurt, nor did i fight anyone- i mostly just wrestled guys to get them outside of the bar. My worry is, there were a few people bleeding from the fight, and when i went to the washroom, I saw a dried smear of blood on my hand from either opening the door- or from somebody's hand i shook. The skin was fully intact where I found the dried smear of blood. It was in between my thumb and index finger on the palm of my hand. When i took the other bouncers who were hurt to the hospital, i told the nurse and she said no way for HIV.
What do you think man? The fingering incident and the blood on the hand intact skin. Do i need an HIV test again? Is my risk high or low? Please assist and thank you so much for your kind help.
Wayne. P.S. I am quitting the bar business and going back to school. Im sick of these garbage fights. Its too stressful.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Cocktails, grizzly bouncers, massive brawls, dudes wresting each other . . . sounds like a gay porno flick. Well, at least until you get to the "fingering two girls" part.
Relax, big guy. Even if the blood was HIV-contaminated, there is no risk, since your skin was intact. HIV cannot pass through intact skin. Same thing applies to vaginal secretions.
So do you need another HIV test? Nah. I agree you might want to consider going back to school or getting a different job, but repeating your HIV test? No, I don't think that's at all necessary.
Stay well, and please try to be gentle with me, if you ever have occasion to bounce me.
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