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Bizarre but True - Not in Archives

Jun 1, 2007

Dear Dr. Bob:

A month ago I had a potential exposure receptive vaginal sex without ejaculation. The next day, I contacted a clinic, but was told PEP was not recommended, but a 3 month test would be. Two weeks later, I got my period (at least Im not pregnant), but, and here comes the bizarre part, my dog got into the garbage can and ate a fairly fresh (approximately hour after changing) sanitary pad. Now, I know dogs cannot contract HIV, but what worries me about this incident is that the dog has a habit of licking my son smack on the mouth, and I am frightened that this may have happened immediately after the pad incident. Would this constitute a risky exposure? Two weeks after this happened, my son came down with a febrile illness. His doctor ran a CBC and feels his illness is bacterial, but I did not tell her of the incident. Am I freaking over nothing, or have I placed my son in danger?

Response from Dr. Frascino


So you are wondering if Fido's fetish for munching on used Kotex pads and then licking your son on the mouth might have put him at risk for HIV. Nah, it might qualify him for a spot on David Letterman's "Stupid Pet Tricks" segment, but it's definitely not an HIV risk.

Good luck with your three-month test! Consider getting Fido a rawhide bone!

Dr. Bob

thank you for your advice
Worried for ages!!

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