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Shaking Hands Scared I Have HIV

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Please Hekp me quickly Dr Bob -- I am very very frightened-- I give a large donation (HIV TRANSMISSION FROM FINGERNAIL SCRATCH, 2010)

Dr. Bob,I ma very scared. I went to shake hands with a HIV + person during a convention today. This was a black man and they had a very unusal handshake. Grab, Hug, twist the shake and pull back quickly. When the gentleman pulled back on his hand...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...even if the dude doing the grabbing, hugging, twisting, shaking and scratching was "virally enhanced," and even if the secret handshake did scratch you enough to draw blood, your HIV-acquisition risk is completely nonexistent! I've answered many... Read more »

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... Read more »

Help me pleasee...donated $80 to your charity

Hello Dr. Bob,I am writing this 4th time to u, please please answer I am in huge stress. I have sex... Read more »
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The Body

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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...scratched? Can HIV be transmitted by being spit on by an HIV-infected person? Can I get HIV from casual contact (shaking hands, hugging, using a toilet, drinking from the same glass, or the sneezing and coughing of an infected person)? ... Read more »
Body Positive

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 »
Black AIDS Institute

Scared Straight: High HIV Rates Among Black NYC Women Frighten a Health Reporter

...youthful faces in lights. But under their pictures was a statistic that sucker-punched me: 93.4 percent. As in, 93.4 of all new HIV cases among women in NYC occur among Black and Latina women. As in a mere six-plus percentage points away from... Read more »
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I want to believe hiv cant be caught this way. but

Posted by nicejack, 3 Replies
...Hi I 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 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 »

anxiety

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 »

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 »