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Blood stain on vaginal region of clothes - yuck!
Feb 19, 2009

Dear Dr Bob - I am so sorry to be torubling you with this - and I'll admit straight off that I have contacted you in the past with my OCD related enquiries (although not for some time!) Here is my question - you really would be helping to calm me (and many others, I'm sure) if you could respond as it is causing me a great deal of anxiety...I bought a new pair of pyjamas from my local shop. They stayed in the bag for a couple of hours. At bedtime, I put them on, checking inside the trousers VERY briefly. I didn't notice anything untoward so put them on over my knickers. The next morning, I was horrified to discover that there was a very large bloodstain in the vaginal region. Now, this could well have been from me as, yes, you've guessed it, I had started my period in the night...BUT, what if it wasn't mine??? Could HIV have survived being on the PJs, in a carrier bag, for 2 hours (assuming someone had got blood on them just prior to my purchasing them?) ALSO, could it have passed through my knickers into my vaginal mucous membrane? It was a VERY big stain (several inches) so would it have dried up sufficiently in the two hours for HIV to be rendered inactive? PLEASE, Dr Bob, I know you're so, so busy and I know you have to deal with OCDers like me every single day and must be sick to the back teeth of us but I really, really need an answer as I'm going mad with all this. Yes, I'm having therapy but I still desperately need your words of wisdom. I plan on going for yet another test this week if you think it necessary. HELP!!!

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

If indeed you are currently in therapy for irrational HIV fears, all I can conclude is that the therapy is not working! Sweetie, be reasonable. You bought new pajamas. I'm sure you would have noticed a "VERY big stain (several inches)!" Besides, you started your period that night. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out this puzzle! Your HIV risk is nonexistent. Your OCD remains OOC (out of control!). HIV testing is not warranted.

Dr. Bob



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