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I have been going nuts waiting for a response!

Oct 17, 2008

Dr. Bob I check this forum everyday for a follow up question! I have written to you at least 20 times and have made donations in the past...please some help! I asked you a question 2 months ago, you told me to get tested at 3 months to ease my fears, but said my risk was nonexistant. However, I am having a real problem understanding....can you please scientifically answer my question?

Just to remind you: 1)I had a small cut on my finger that was 1 hour old, bled slightly...2)I met a guy at a party and shook his hand, this guy had a bleeding cut and did not tell me....3)I shook his hand and did NOT notice any large amount of blood on my hand....However, could a small trace of blood have gotten into my hour old cut? Why would this not be a risk?

Now you already said this is nonexistant....but could you please scientifically explain?

Response from Dr. Frascino


Be reasonable. What type of "scientific" answer do you expect I can provide? A "small trace of blood getting into an hour old cut" via a handshake with a guy of unknown HIV status at a party is not considered to be a significant HIV-transmission/acquisition risk; nor is it the subject of intense scientific scrutiny and experimentation. The chance of the guy being HIV positive and getting an adequate quantity of his HIV-positive blood directly into your hour-old cut via a handshake is so extremely remote the odds you are infected with HIV become essentially nonexistent. As I mentioned before, if you need additional reassurance, get a single HIV-antibody test at the three-month mark. The results will undoubtedly be negative and that will be visible scientific proof that you are conclusively HIV negative, OK?

Dr. Bob

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