|Risk of HIV transmission?- please answer I will donate
Sep 30, 2009
OKay I'm sorry to take up your time - I have OCD and a deep seated fear as I was raped as a child in Africa - have been tested far too often - all negative. I'm fighting the OCD but just need your qualified reassurance. Recently had a relative to stay, he travels a lot and has had many girlfriends - his own admission! He kindly cooked us a meal and placed a sharp tin lid in the bin. The next day - so definately 10 to 12 hours later - I had to check for some address we thought may have been thrown in the bin. I saw the lid and I don't think I came into contact with it - but saw a shallow line on my thumb - a few layers of skin down - but no blood. Couldn't check the tin lid for blood as it was from tinned tomatoes!! What if I had cut myself on the lid and what if the relative had cut himself some 10 or so hours earlier? A lot of what ifs - I know - worried well but I really don't want to start off another bout of anxiety waiting to be tested. Please do answer and I'm sorry for giving in to my OCD
| Response from Dr. Frascino
No need to apologize! Living with such "deep seated fears" must be terribly challenging and uncomfortable.
Your suspicions were right on target. Your HIV-acquisition risk is completely nonexistent. HIV doesn't live very long outside the body and certainly not 10 to 12 hours on the lid of a tin of tomatoes! Neither worry nor HIV testing is warranted. What is warranted, however, is that you get psychotherapy (counseling) for your ODC and irrational fears of HIV. Take a read through the archives. You'll find testimonials from many folks who had similar HIV phobias who responded very well to counseling and, if needed, anti-anxiety medications. Confronting and eventually conquering your totally unwarranted fears is indeed possible.
Good luck! Remember, HIV is not your problem. Fear of HIV is!
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