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A 48-year-old member asked:

is it possible to get aids / hiv from sharing a cigarette?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Unlikely: Hiv is obtained through seminal fluids or blood. Unless you are smoking a blood-laden or semen-laden cigarette, you are at no risk. Saliva will not transmit the virus.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Absolutely not: You don't get HIV that way, just heart disease and lung cancer.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

When should I get an HIV test while pregnant?

5 doctor answers25 doctors weighed in
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
At first visit: The HIV (aids) test should be done as a routine test with the blood that is drawn at the first prenatal visit.
Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
If you have concerns that you could have contracted HIV recently, you may need to talk to your doctor and repeat the test later in pregnancy
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A 22-year-old member asked:

What if I have HIV infection?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
There's Rx, need f/u: Hiv may not be the death sentence it once was in the early 1980's (bad memories of that), due to reasonably effective medical regimens, it is still a potentially life threatening disease. You should get tested (anonymously), and followed by a specialist in HIV (gnerally an infectious disease (id) specialist). Need to practice safe sex (they can explain in detail). If preg, coordinate id w/ob.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are people with HIV susceptible to sepsis?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Yes: If the infection is not under control. If HIV is well treated and viral load undetectable, CD4 count normal, then the risk is less.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there racial disparities in regards to HIV infection?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Possibly: It is not the race per se, but the activity which leads to HIV that can have a racial disparity. For instance, there are more black prostitutes in the United States; but there are more Asian prostitutes in vietnam. So, depending on where you live, the race or ethnicity affected reflects the population of the area along with other risk factors (receptive anal sex, drug abuse).
A 31-year-old member asked:

What herbal medicine is suggested to increase cd-4cells and decrease viral load for HIV patients?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
None: There are no herbal medicines that have ever been shown to have these effects. People tried them all in the 80's and early 90's, before we had good HIV treatment. They didn't work, and many people died.

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