|Very scared, bloody tissue
Oct 12, 2001
I want to be upfront here. I have OCD, mainly focused on the fear of getting AIDS. I am getting treatment for this, but certain "normal" activities pose difficulty for me. As I was just walking back to work from lunch I noticed a tissue lying on the ground that had red spots (looked like blood) on it. I'm 95 percent sure I didn't step on it, but not positive. If I did, could the virus be harbored on the bottom of my shoe and later be transmitted if I touched the bottom of my shoe or something the botttom of my shoe touched and then touched a mucous membrane or small cut on my hands? I know this may sound like a ridiculous question, but it is worrying me and I would really really appreciate a response. Thank you for your compassion and understanding.
| Response from Ms. Breuer
Perhaps this will help. Please think about how HIV is and is not transmitted, and what oxygen does to it. Dried blood on a tissue that might have been used by an HIV-positive person is not a potential source of HIV infection. HIV cannot survive exposure to oxygen, and HIV infection relies on immediate, intimate contact: having sex, sharing needles. Since OCD involves repeating behaviors that may help you to feel safer, I strongly encourage you to memorize the short list of ways that HIV is transmitted and repeat them to yourself when you are frightened.
Please let me know if I'm way off base here, but I hate to see you suffer with this.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Touching Tissue With Dried Blood On It
- Are Cold Sores A Symptom Of Thrush?
- If You Have Sex With A Girl And Another Without A Condom Do I Have Hiv?
- Why Can't Antibodies Fight Off Hiv?
- Can You Get Hiv Throw Shaving Bumps On Your Pubic Hair Shaving?
- How Long Is The Hepatitis B Vaccine Good For?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.