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Shaking Hands Afraid I Have AIDS

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Please help a scared MSW student!!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question, I am literally losing my mind. I am a master's social work student and can't quiet my mind long enough to do the enormous amount of reading I am assigned! So your help is saving my sanity,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation from Dr. FrascinoHello,Your problem is psychological (psychiatric), not virological! HIV is not your problem; fear of HIV is.Responding to your specific questions:1. If you had untreated HIV disease, the chances you would be... Read more »

HIV, allergies and other possible indicators of infection

Hi Dr. Bob,I apologise if this is in the wrong forum but because of the different aspects in the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Black Silence on HIV/AIDS

...that come with a positive diagnosis stun people into silence, turning them into accomplices of a disease with no cure. "The fear must be confronted. "At a White House meeting, at which I was a panelist, this month on the black community's... Read more »
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HIV/AIDS: A New First Impression

...Christine O'Donnell . That first impression persists to this day. It's a twisted, tightened, pulsing knot of assumption, judgment, fear and moral superiority, and it lies at the core of our society's willful ignorance of HIV ("surely, I'm too... Read more »
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Reader's Forum

...are proven risk factors and I do not think they ever will be. If anyone you know is equally fatalistic or has any irrational fear of being infected, do not be afraid to bring up the topic of prevention and protection. Just tell them the facts, as... Read more »
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Put an End to Your Fears, Stop Googling, and Go Get Tested

...had HIV, was more than terrifying. I'd rather not know. I'd rather play my ritual game and be the judge myself. I'd rather sit scared every night playing the "rule it out game" or relying on Google to answer questions in the way I wanted them... Read more »
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I want to believe hiv cant be caught this way. but

Posted by nicejack, 3 Replies
...have a question. I read that shaking hands is NOT a method of getting hiv. Well I shoke hands with a person who has hiv and am fearful that I may have been infected. Heres why, I had a chunk of skin missing from the side of my finger and after we... Read more »

working with hiv positive person

Posted by work35, 1 Reply
...uncomfortable at work.. we both chew our fingers.. i'm trying to stop that.. and when I leave work for the day we often shake hands.. i am worried about blood getting into one of the small cuts on the side of my fingers.. I noticed he sometimes... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
...1999. She has two daughters. There are a lot of us here in Khayelitsha who are sick, but they don't disclose it because they are scared of discrimination. People do talk, do point, do whisper. Sometimes if they hear if someone is HIV, they burn... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
... * Emotional blunting * Emotions feel wrong * Frequently feel like crying for no reason Fears * A heightened fear of what people think of you * Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits * Constant feeling of being... Read more »