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is it easy to catch hiv

A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
It doesn't happen: Blood borne viruses (HIV, hepaitis B and C viruses, or others) are not acquired from contaminated environments. Virus survival is brief, especially wh ... Read More

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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
8 years experience Internal Medicine
HIV: If the oral membranes are damaged then the chances are higher. If there are cuts, damages, ulcers in the mouth then the chances are higher. It also de ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
HIV is hard to catch: Nope. You have to work at it. It is caught directly from an infected humans blood or semen or vaginal fluids injected directly into your blood. It is ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
It's difficult but..: Having unprotected passive anal intercourse with an HIV positive man not taking treatment gives you about a 1% chance per event of catching the virus. ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Very rare: HIV transmission by oral sex is very rare. One estimate is that if one partner has HIV, penile to oral averages one transmission for every 10,000 even ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: Onset of symptoms, if they occur at all, will be somewhat variable, but generally occurs in the first 2-4 weeks after infection.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Lee
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Unprotected sex, IDU: Hiv infection is acquired through unprotected sex, injection drug use, or transfusion of hiv-infected blood products. As HIV infection progresses unt ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: The amount of lubrication has no correlation to risk of HIV transmission.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
It is not: In the old days when there was no treatment, husbands and wives not practicing barrier-protected sex still only infected one another 25% or so of the ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: It greatly depends on how high risk the woman was; commercial sex worker? Iv drug use? How many sexual partners? Nature of sexual intercourse? If you ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
HIV is Hard to Get: I am a bit surprised by this question. It seems like this information is widely available and taught in most health classes. But, HIV is a virus. ... Read More

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