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Fear Of Blood Test Contamination

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Terrible fear of HIV which is ruining my life...What should I do doctor?

Please doctor I need your advice desperately,I have this pathological fear of HIV. I have never had sex, I have never done drugs, I have never received a blood transfusion, and my parents don't have it. However, I remain constantly terrified of HIV....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The best way to confront and conquer irrational fears is to seek psychiatric help. Counseling (psychotherapy) can help folks overcome pathological fears, whether they are related to HIV, snakes, spiders, heights or to fears of being secretly... Read more »

RE-USED NEEDLE??? (VICIOUS CYCLE OF HIV TESTING, 2010)

Dr. Bob, I have to say I feel SO unbelievably stupid asking this... but it's really, really been... Read more »

HELP, DR. BOB!!!!!! (VICIOUS CYCLE OF HIV TESTING, 2010)

Hi. I don't really know where to start.. this is kind of weird and sounds absolutely stupid.... Read more »
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GETTING INJECTED WITH A CONTAMINATED NEEDLE . HELP

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...might of used a contaminated needle or a needle that was used on someone else before me. Can someone please help me out with my FEAR of a contaminated needle being used on me. After that the regular nurse put the needle in my vein when I went to... Read more »

paralyzed with fear

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Last friday I went to local health clinic for HIV test through blood draw. Between 2 lab workers, they had a confusion and discarded the blood of previous patient. In this commotion I shifted my attention momentarily on to other lady in the meantime... Read more »

Contaminated Blood from redcross

Posted by nomoreworry4me, 1 Reply
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It's Been 7 Fearful Days - Help!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...it touched my ulcer/sore and into my mouth. Question: If the blood contained HIV, can I be infected this way? Do I need a blood test? Fearful 2000 21 July 2000 Read more »