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Question #41526 posted on 12/17/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My friend recently uncovered the Epstein-Barr virus in his system. Fortunately, I also learned of another friend with the self-same nucleosis. I think they should be friends. In fact all carriers past and present should be friends. Not so much for vengeful or blame-enacting purposes as for the facilitation of new "friendships". Are you aware of any such group at BYU in existence? Or how would you best recommend the starting of such society? For privacy sake we think it would be best kept somewhat secretive and exclusive. And before anyone mounts any high-horses - let's please dispense of any silly stigmas associated with said condition. It's not just from kissing.

- monotone

A: Dear monotone,

For those of you who would like to know more abou the Epstein-Barr virus, please visit the CDC website. Many of you will know it as the agent that can cause mono. And, just for the record, while the virus can be passed in the air or through blood transfusion, it is fairly unlikely. Almost all infections come from swapping saliva and I highly doubt the existence of such a society, as you call it, at BYU. (My neighbor swears she got infected from a drinking fountain when she went to BYU.) But don't worry, they say 95% of us have been infected to one degree or another. If you are going to do an antibody titer to check for a past infection, you're going to have to let 95% or so of those who are tested into your little club. Not very exclusive, eh? If you wanted to keep it secret you could just invite those who you know have been infected (usually those who have had a heavy infection). How you will tell them you found out and would like them to join your society and keep them from telling all their friends how strange you are is another issue.

- steen