|Weirdo Burned with Cigarette then licked it - PLEASE HELP ME!! DO I NEED PEP?
Oct 17, 2010
Hi Dr. Bob,
I was out with friends one night when some guy burned me with a cigarette. I yelped and told him he did that and as I was looking at it, he took my arm and licked it and the fresh burn. I was horrified and asked why he would do something so gross. After a couple of minutes of wiping it off and trying to look at it in the dark lit bar, I poured some of my drink on it hoping the alchohol would kill any germs or diseases or infectious fluids. Dr. Bob, I am very scared and have anxiety issues. This just happened last night. Do I need PEP? Is this a way to transmit HIV? Please help worried sick!!! PLEASE HELP ME! I don't see this in your archives!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
"Is this a way to transmit HIV?" Nope!
"Do I need PEP?" Nope!
"I am very scared and have anxiety issues." Yep!
Ratchet down the anxiety level a few hundred notches. Saliva that does not contain visible blood is not considered to be a risk for HIV transmission. If you continue to be "worried sick," you should seek psychological help for your unwarranted worrying.
Be well. Stay well.
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