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what are the chances of contracting hiv. please answer i'm scared?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on behavior: The chances of contracting HIV depends on which risk behavior you are engaging in. For example, if you are having protected sex and using condoms for intercourse (vaginal, anal, oral) or injecting drugs (but not sharing needles), then your risk is very low. But if you're having unprotected sex or sharing needles with someone who is HIV+, then your risk is much higher. Get tested if you're unsure.
Answered on Sep 12, 2015
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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
34 years experience Pediatrics
The bottom line: don't use unprotected sex, multiple sex partners, avoid promiscuous behavior, don't inject any drugs. Also avoid blood transfusion in developing countries, where blood might be not tested for an HIV, avoid of getting tattoo in cheap places, where individual needle is not a rule. Screen yourself for an HIV regularly, if you consider yourself part of the risk group. Best.
May 28, 2014
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Love safely: Your risk depends entirely on your behavior. If you have passive unprotected anal intercourse with a heavily-infected partner, it is highly probable that you will become HIV positive. If you forego sharing needles and use barrier protection so as not to exchange body fluids until you are in a monogamous relationship with an HIV-negative partner, you'll stay okay. Don't gamble beyond this.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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