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We Med Students always worry

Oct 31, 2006

Dear Dr. Bob,

I am a 4th year med student and while rounding on a patient with AIDS (CD4 <20) I thought I felt something land on my lip. The patients gums were bleeding (he has thrombocytopenia). I was standing about 5 feet away, he was lying in his bed with his head up. I am freaking out because I keep thinking that maybe it was some blood from the patients mouth that landed on my lip while he was talking. My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I worry since she is breasfeeding our daughter. What do you think the risk may be? Thanks

Crazy MS IV

Response from Dr. Frascino


I agree with your wife.

HIV risk? None! Now get back to the wards and help your overworked intern before he or she collapses from exhaustion. (Everyone knows how stressful Internship can be from watching "Grey's Anatomy" on TV.)You need to start worrying more about the sick guy in the bed rather than your own irrational fears!

Stay well.

Dr. Bob

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has placed the number of new HIV cases attributable to oral sex at as high as 1 in 10 - Yikes!
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