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Jan 27, 2007

I am VERY worried that I might have HIV right now because at my highschool we are very short on toilet paper and about one and a half month ago I used wet toilet paper (im sure that some guy purposely peed on it) to wipe my butt after taking a dump. Can i get HIV from wiping my butt with toilet paper that has pee that might have HIV on it? I am very scared that I have HIV right now and I can barely sleep also I had a fever 2 weeks ago that went away in 1 day and just these passed 2 days I had a really bad fever and I just healed from it (35.7 c). Also I have been caughing alot splitting out yellowish green music and haveing to blow my nose alot. Also during my fever i vomited twice and couldnt really eat much. Please reply back i am very worried =(

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Worried High School Student,

I'm guessing you haven't learned much about HIV or STDs in your classes yet, have you? Perhaps you're a victim of Dubya's "abstinence only" sex education blitz. Whatever the cause, your situation merely points out once again why we need science-based, age-appropriate sex education in our schools. This is yet another stubborn Bush blunder that is wreaking havoc and ruining lives.

Relax, Max! Your HIV and STD risk from pee-wet Charmin' is nonexistent. Urine is a sterile fluid; it does not contain or transmit HIV (unless it's contaminated with fresh HIV-positive blood).

You might consider staring a student movement in your high school demanding a factual sex education program that includes HIV awareness and STD prevention. And I'm not talking about an "abstinence only" program, but rather an "abstinence plus" program that includes information about abstinence, condoms, birth control and science-based factual information about HIV/AIDS and other STDs. It could save your life.

Dr. Bob



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