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Mar 28, 2010

Good Day Dr. Bob,

I will also need a place to send a donation.

I'm sure this will make the Top Ten list of Crazy Questions!

This morning I went to a Starbucks and got a Latte. I am one of the many scared out freaks about HIV. Maybe it is I do not know much about the virus. So here we go:

When I get my Starbucks, (naturally go through a Drive Through) I always spray the lids with Organic Sanitizer. Then I let it sit a minute and a half to destroy any germs. Too much time on my hands ,, huh? So I start to drink it and proceed to my girlfriends house. Give her a good morning peck before she heads off to work. After about 15 minutes at the girls house I get back into my vehicle and proceed with my day. Later on, I look down at the Starbucks Lid and I see Red. UUUUUUGGGGHH. So now my mind starts playing tricks on me. Now anxiety kicks in !!! Now it could be the lipstick from the little peck -- I don't know. But here it goes. What if the red on the lid was any type of fluid from somebody who is HIV+ at the Starbucks. I don't know. But let us assume this is the case. My question is. By spraying the lid with Organic Sanitizer with ( stabilized Oxygen ) and waiting a little more than a minute,

1.)Wouldn't that Sanitizer kill the virus if any HIV was on the lid?

2.) Should I test? I just got a test not long ago and I am Neg.

I know you must think this is a little Nutty but it is wigging me out. I'm so freaked, I want to take the lid to a lab to get it tested to see if any blood particles are on the lid. Could you please help so I can rest easy?

3.) What are the chances of catching the HIV virus like this?

4.) Do you think if any virus was around the cup, the Sanitizer and waiting 1 minute before I even put my mouth to the cup would kill the virus?

Again, Grab me a place to send a Donation please.

Please Help me! Again, This Nut will Donate!

Thank You Dr. Bob, Jordan

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hey Jordan,

The "Top Ten List of Crazy Questions" is a very exclusive group. Your HIV via venti-non-fat-half-caf-half-decaf-one-Splenda-caramel-macchiato-hold-the-whip-but-add-some-sanitizer doesn't even come close to qualifying. Sorry.

Responding to your specific questions:

1. This would depend on the ingredients in the organic sanitizer, but most likely, yes. It's important to note that the chances the "red" was fresh HIV-tainted blood are so remote that they are essentially nonexistent.

2. No. There is no medical justification for testing.

3. Nonexistent.

4. Same answer as #1 above.

Donation information for The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation can be found on the foundation's Web site at (

Be well Jordan. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how.

Dr. Bob

Follow up to my 'donation returned....?'

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