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How hard is it to contract hiv

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Nearly impossible: but I don't know what you mean by contaminated surface. Nonetheless it is unlikely that you can contract HIV in this manner.

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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Rather easy : As easy or hard as having an unprotected sexual encounter or sharing needles with an HIV positive person. Good prevention makes it hard, life and igno... Read More
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Yes and no: Depends on definition of "extremely hard". The average risk for any one sexual exposure is low. For example, if a woman has HIV, the chance her male p... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Skin: The penis is covered with skin, which can't be infected if it's intact. The woman's vagina is composed of mucous membrane, which can be infected. The... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Your mind needs help: Having HIV-1 should have 'no effect' on the enjoyment of sex or the actual physiology of having an erection. What this means, is that you need help wi... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Misunderstanding?: One does not get HIV by bleeding. Nor does one get infections like HIV from paper or other inanimate objects. One gets infected through direct exposur... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Might: Hiv can cause lymphadenopathy, that is enlargement of lymph nodes, and opportunistic infections which arise in the setting of HIV may also do this. S... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Early hiv: Symptoms of early hiv infection are quite variable. Some have no symptoms, some have mild symptoms such as occur in minor viral infections, and some d... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below:: Having unprotected sex is dangerous in many more ways than one. See this site for authoritative information on transmission of hiv.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Use protection: The risk is low but real. A majority of infected husbands having unprotected sex do not infect their wives. However, even a low risk is more than you ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
HIV care: There are quite a number of good medications available for HIV treatment. Resistance to Atripla is not unheard of, so do not despair. Best if you se... Read More

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