[Question #7555] HIV OCD

1 months ago
Dear doctors,

I am diagnosed with OCD and currently in treatment with psicological therapy and medicines prescribed by psychiatrist. I think i am doing better although sometimes it is really hard to be continously on alert by hipothetical and irrational risks to be infected by HIV on daily common situations.

From reviewing lots of questions and answers from other users I can imagine you have to deal from time to time (maybe too much ¿? :-) ) with people like me with this disorder.

I know that this is an specialized STIs and STDs medical forum and maybe you can consider this is a question to be better addressed to a mental illnesses profesional but I was just wondering if you can provide me with some insights, opinions or advises based on your medical/personal interactions with OCD patients.

Anyway if you consider that the question is not relevant to this forum I understand it. I also have a lot of doubts about send it but finally I decided to give it a chance.

Thank you very much and best regards!

Ignatio
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
1 months ago
Welcome back to the forum. Unfortunately, I really can't help much. As you correctly understand, we're experts in HIV and STIDs, but not mental health. In general terms, it's of course a good start to have a clear understanding (intellectually) about the object of an obsession -- in your case, HIV. But as you also know, accurate factual knowledge and intellectual understanding is only the first part. That's the part this forum can help with -- but beyond that, it's an issue for mental health care in conjunction with a qualified professional.

So from an HIV factual perspective, I'll confirm what you already understand, at an intellectual if not gut/emotional level:  HIV is not transmitted by contact with the virus or potentially infected blood or other body fluids in the environment. Unless and until you have sex with an infected person, or share injection equipment or otherwise your bloodstream is exposed directly, you'll never catch HIV.

Sorry I can't be more helpful. Best wishes and stay safe.

HHH, MD
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1 months ago
Thank you very much for your comments Dr Handsfield. Please feel free to close the question as your convinience.

Best regards!
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
1 months ago
I'm glad to have helped. Best wishes and stay safe.---