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Well, Ollie, that's another fine mess...
Aug 26, 2011

I thought you would enjoy the title. But, I just read your most recent blog (part one), and now I feel re-scared. I thought I was woohooable a few weeks ago, but now I'm wondering whether or not I woohooed too woosoon?

I wrote to you once before. I am in a long-term monogamous relationship with my partner (we're gay last time I checked). I was away on a business trip 3 months ago and had to remotely possible exposures: one was a man in the steamroom who reached over and grabbed my genital area after playing with himself (I am uncircumsized); and the other was a gay male massage therapist who dropped his shorts during a regular massage and began masturbating (getting a few drops of his stuff on my belly). Yes, I know they are low risk -- but I started feeling poorly and getting a bunch of symptoms (blisters in my scalp, pains in underarms and groin, night sweats, pain in feet, etc). I got scared -- then I got tested.

I actually got tested, tested, and retested... Antibody tests at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 weeks. And a HIV-DNA test at 7 weeks (though LabCorp) even though I know it's not approved for diagnostic purposes.

So, I thought I could woohoo at 12 weeks. But your new blog seems to indicate that maybe I woohooed prematurely. My partner is eagerly awaiting a return to our regular sex life, as am I. I stopped that while waiting for the 12 week test after these two incidents. All have been negative, by the way.

So, what is it? Do I woohoo, or not? And, just one final question before I write the check -- are there any other STDs I could have gotten from these two things I did in one day (completely against everything I believe, I should say).

I beg thee an answer oh great one. And, really, thanks!

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi.

What in my blog could have possibly "re-scared" you???

Your two "remotely possible exposures" are so remote that they become essentially nonexistent.

Your repeatedly negative HIV-antibody tests out to 12 weeks plus your undetectable qualitative HIV-PCR-DNA at seven weeks are definitive, conclusive and "Wizard-of-Poz-certified" WOO-HOO-able!

Stop worrying and resume the WOO-HOO-ing immediately, okay?

Be well.

Dr. Bob



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