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Could i contract HIV?

May 15, 2009

Dear Doctor Bob, I should start by saying that i have a really bad case of OCD. my story is this...i went to the supermarket and used one of those touch screen self check outs. When i got home, i washed my hands a couple of times with antibacterial soap. Then i continued to change my tampon, after i washed my hands again. My fingers touched the tampon string. Which touches my intimates. Am i at any risk of catching anything (HIV etc.), if there by any chance was Hiv infected blood on the screen? even though i washed my hands? it sounds silly, but i have high anxiety so your answer is really helpful. thanks so much

Response from Dr. Frascino


OK Sweetie, I get that you have "a really bad case of OCD" but be reasonable and think this through. The HIV pandemic has been with us for well over a quarter of a century now. If HIV were that easily contracted, it would have wiped out the planet long ago, right? Of course right!

So to sum up, touching the touch screen self-checkout at the local Piggly Wiggly and then washing your hands "a couple of times" and then touching the string of your tampon, which touches your "intimates" carries absolutely no risk for any disease.

You write: ". . . I have high anxiety." I absolutely agree and I hope you are getting psychotherapy to help you cope! Remember HIV is not your problem, OK?

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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