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Too Scared To Get Tested After Shaking Hands

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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 »

Scared of what's to come........HELP!

Thank you for your time sir. I have run out of hope due to my symptoms and I feel as though I am... 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 »
The Well Project

Did You Just Test HIV Positive?

...and don't feel that you have to tell everyone right away (see The Well Project's info sheet on disclosure ). But don't let fear of being judged cause you to isolate yourself and not talk to anyone. If it is hard to tell family and friends at... Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...can happen for any number of reasons, including guilt, stress or obsessive-compulsiveness. The key is to realize when your fears about HIV are legitimate and when they're not. Keep in mind that, if you're worried that something you did put you... 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 »

Just took the test & shaking!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...have no idea what generation of tests Quest Labs uses - should I go back and get a HIV2 test or just forget about HIV2? I am scared enough as it is - another fear I dont need. Exactly what is HIV2 and how would I get it? I also tested for all... 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 »