[Question #2630] Thanks

41 months ago
Even though I have another open question I have paid again as I do not feel good about being so naive in some medical ways and I do not want to waste any more of your time.

Here's what I can't get through my head, I understand that some internet stuff is garbage but some should be legit, right? I mean the link below as I understand is sort of the planned parenthood of Canada? https://smartsexresource.com/sites/default/files/Other-Sex-Table-v3.png

If you are an anxious person and you read this it will most definitely put doubt in your mind! My dr friend who is not a specialist but a GP says it's garbage, what say you? 

If I'm ok I can promise I will never need to post here again.

God bless you Dr Hook
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
41 months ago
I scanned your numerous recent threads. Sorry to see you continue to be so concerned despite the reasoned, science based reassurance you have had from Dr. Hook and, in one thread, from me. You continue to ask variations on exactly the same question. We are not in a position to mediate every minor discrepancy you see in STD/HIV risks and prevention advice that you can find on various websites. Here again are some of the things I said in thread 261 two years ago:

"you are citing sources that address whether there is a theoretical risk from certain kinds of exposure -- i.e. CAN it transmit HIV or STD -- but not necessarily whether they really DO SO with any measurable frequency."

"absolutely the worst kind of 'evidence' comes from people who believe or claim that they acquired their infection from a non-traditional exposure."

The table in the link you provide looks pretty good to me, I don't agree with every detail. But you also have to understand that for many of the exposure types mentioned, both in that table and in your many questions, there are no conclusive data (sometimes no data at all) on actual risk levels. Common sense says that most of the things you asked about are very low or zero risk, but there is room for legitimate difference of opinion between experts. So even on the most reliable websites or other educational materials, there will always be differences. It is not the responsibility of people who construct or post such advice to take into account the reactions of hyper-anxious individuals. Rather, it is up to such persons to think objectively, accept a certain amount of uncertainty, and go on with their lives. And to not keep asking for clarifications on this or other forums.

But in brief summary, Dr. Hook and I both agree with your GP friend.

As you seem to already know, the forum does not permit repeated questions on the same topic or exposure. This will have to be your last; future new questions about similar exposures and your fears about HIV or other STDs will be deleted without reply and without refund of the posting fee. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and is designed to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers. In addition, continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. Thank you for your understanding. 

Best wishes and stay safe -- and thank you for your kind comments (in several threads) about our services.

HHH, MD  
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