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Shaking Hands Scared 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
...help.Response 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 »

FINGERS, TONGUES, RASH, FEAR

Hello Dr. Bob,I just made a donation to your fine organization www.concertedeffort.org.I had an... 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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...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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HIV Transmission

...insect, the insect does not become infected and cannot transmit HIV to the next human it bites. There also is no reason to fear that a mosquito or other insect could transmit HIV from one person to another through HIV-infected blood left on its... Read more »
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What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...if you don't know much about HIV. But that is why it is important to educate yourself: so you don't have to be unnecessarily frightened anymore. That education includes getting an HIV test . It doesn't hurt to be sure you're negative -- in... 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 »

Worst fears confirmed...

Posted by Jenni, 6 Replies
...would be lost without them right now!), I've learned a hard life lesson in trust, and we no longer have to hide. I am still scared for my children though. School starts in a week and I know that this has spread beyond my job. I am so worried... Read more »

HIV STORY

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 »