Jan 16, 2009
I have been struggling with crippling OCD fears of HIV for several years and am slowly improving in part because of this wonderful site. However, there is one incident I can't seem to get past...
Earlier this year, I was tested for HIV 6 months after making out with a stranger. When the Doctor (my PCP) drew my blood I was shocked to discover he didn't use gloves.
My test was negative, but I can't stop worrying that I was exposed to something because he didn't use gloves?
Is it even worth worrying about that I somehow contracted HIV from the doctor because he didn't use gloves?
I appreciate all that you do and would love to put this incident behind me with your help.
Thank you for all your good work.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Although gloves are recommended for blood drawing, it's primarily a precaution to avoid the extremely rare event in which there may be a blood-to-blood or blood-to-non-intact-skin contact. (It's actually more of a protection for the blood drawer!) Your fears are unwarranted. I should also mention HIV testing is usually not warranted solely for an episode of "making out with a stranger;" although, I suppose that depends on one's definition of "making out!" At any rate, your problem remains OCD, not HIV, OK?
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