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stupid question conclusive & definitive

Sep 6, 2006

Hi Doc,

Sorry If I insulted your intelligence with a dumb question. Maybe that is why it wasn't answered. You gave me woohoo status at the 4 month mark (2 days shy) on a orasure (swab). A year later I am experiencing armpit pain and other pains similar to a year ago before getting through the window period. But a few days ago I had a dental procedure and was freaked out about the possibility of a dentist working on other patients and then working on me. Today he assured me he changes his gloves. I am concerned whether or not 4 months out was sufficient or should I have gone out to six months? Now should I wait another 3 months from this dental exposure to test again. I have been working a lot of overtime so it may just be stress too. Please let me know if I am being irrational. Thanks so much and I will be further supporting the foundation with another donation.

Thanks! Mike

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Mike,

Insult my intelligence? No, of course not!!! Dubya's current speeches trying to link Saddam and Osama to Hitler insult my intelligence. Rumsfeld's arrogance and incompetence insult my intelligence. Karl Rove's vicious and baseless smear campaigns insult my intelligence. But questions, even questions with obvious answers, no, they do not insult my intelligence.

I'll be brief:

1. Your four-month negative test last year was indeed definitive, conclusive and WOO-HOO-able!

2. There is no HIV risk from your dental procedure. Testing is not warranted.

3. Yep, you're being irrational. I do recommend you seek some counseling to help you confront and conquer your irrational fears of HIV. If you don't, chances are you'll be writing to me again next year worried about mosquitoes, doorknobs or Jacuzzis.

Thanks for your donation, Mike! (www.concertedeffort.org)

Cut back on your OT and stress levels, OK? Be well. Stay well.

Dr. Bob



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