Anonymous
http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/very-worried-girl

Hi this was my previous question. I am
Still having problems coming to terms with my risk of HIV.. I find it difficult to accept that I had this experience. I have this constant fear that I am
At risk of HIV even though some of your colleagues told me I am
Not.. It's because of the articles and forums that I have visited online says that HIV can be transmitted through cuts and sores.. I am still very worried and this anxiety is really making my holidays bad. Can someone help me?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.

We highly recommend that individuals do not Google questions related to HIV, as the internet is an unmoderated place where anyone can post anything and doing this can cause unneeded anxiety.

It is difficult to acquire HIV through wounds. First, the person you came into contact with is very unlikely to be HIV+, as less than 1% of the North American population is. The only documented case where HIV was acquired through a wound was in a very bloody knife fight, where the knife was being used as a deep puncturing tool. The HIV virus is a very fragile and begins to die once exposed to the oxygen.

Many people experience anxiety surrounding HIV because it is associated with taboo subjects such as sex and drug use (high risk activities for the passing of HIV are unprotected anal and vaginal intercourse and sharing injection tools). Now, armed with your accurate knowledge about how HIV is not acquired, I hope you can move past your fear regarding HIV.

Thanks for your question and please feel free to write back to us with any more concerns.

Elyse
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