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I Just Made a Donation-Please Answer..
Aug 26, 2008

Hi Dr. Frascino,

Firstly, thanks for all the help and support so far. I really appreciate your time. I just made a $50.00 donation to your foundation; www.concertedeffort.org.

I have a question... I recently had protected (latex condom) insertive vaginal intercourse with a person of unknown HIV status. Around 5 minutes into the intercourse, I noticed some blood on the condom as her period had started. I stopped having sex with her and removed the condom- the latex was completely intact. Blood just sort of, irrationally, scares me.

I am worried because I know blood can be quite infectious... Should I be worried? Should I get tested?

Thanks so much for all your help...

Paul

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hey Paul,

As they say in Australia, "no worries, mate!" HIV cannot permeate intact latex. No way. No how. Even if blood is present. I see no reason for you to worry or get tested. Just continue to play safe and you'll stay safe, OK?

Thank you for your donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). It's warmly appreciated. I'll be sending you a formal (Miss Manners-approved) thank-you/acknowledgment letter via snail mail in the near future.

Be well. Stay well. (Yes, you are indeed well!)

Dr. Bob



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