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Worried Father (from Singapore) again - Last Question (promise) - Please answer (Donation made using credit card - verisign)
Sep 22, 2008

Dear Doctor,

Please help - am I becoming insane. I have asked you two questions and your response was that my worries are unwarranted and my problem remains psychological, not virologic.

I need your on advise on my recent exposure. The other day when I was walking to office I found that band-aid is stuck on my shoe (front side of the shoe near the toe). From that onwards I am worried again. Can I get HIV from the band-aid. May be the band-aid was wet due to fresh blood. Can HIV virus penetrate shoe leather. Please advise doctor - can I get hiv because of this incident. Should I continue having normal relationship with my wife? I am also not sure why my toe is having mild pain after that incident (may be psychological stuff).

Thanks again for all your good work and great help to humanity. I have made my small contribution of 50 dollars for the good cause of your foundation.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Now you're worried about a used Band-Aid stuck to your shoe??? YIKES!!! Your problem is no longer psychological. It's become psychiatric! HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. I just can't say it any plainer than that. However, you do have a significant medical problem irrational fear of HIV infection. I strongly urge you to seek psychiatric help in confronting this very real problem.

Thank you for your donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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