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Mar 28, 2011

Hello Dr Bob! tahnxs for all your help!... here is my story, I was assisting for a dentist with a High risk patient former drug user when he was young, he claims no inravenous drugs... had seen blood in his mouth, due to gum disease.. when I was cleaning off... a little bit of wax that was previously in the patients mouth jumped off and hit me near the eye area... I did not feel the discomfort of anything falling inside my eye... I went and checked in the mirror I had no signs of anything, no stinging, no redness inside the eye, I honestly felt it hit a bit above my eye lid.... When I asked the health manager of the office she said it was not an exposure. so I didnt need PEP... now I cant stop thinking about it, I am going to see my GF soon, which I havent seen in a while, and it is going to be 2 months after the incident. I am scared. I have had one day of diareah but thats it, and a little sore throat I had for a couple of days... I decided to test by ICMA at 4 weeks sharp, and it came back negative, I know its too short a period of time but I couldnt help it.. to top it off I developed a painful canker sore the day I got my results, which FREAKED ME OUT!!... I am really scared!.... If I tell the incident to my GF she will get upset, because in the pass I have been obsesive about some events similar to this! and I dont want to put her at any risk..... what do you think!... If you think im paranoid its alright, sometimes its good to hear an expert say that!

Response from Dr. Frascino


I had no idea wax could jump, but OK. The HIV-acquisition risk from the incident you describe is nonexistent. Neither worry nor HIV testing is warranted. Certainly PEP should not be given. I think your OCD is OOC (out of control).

Dr. Bob

Could my labs be tainted?
medical student with important question

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