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how does hiv aids spread?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Fresh blood / semen: Sex, especially anal intercourse, and needle sharing for drug abuse. The blood supply for transfusion is basically safe. Dark talk about AIDS being transmitted in other ways is disinformation.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
HIV transmission: HIV is primarily a sexually transmitted disease, but transmits well with the sharing of needles as occurs with injection drug use. Hopefully you're not in an unsafe environment for any of that. It's extremely important to TALK with partners and buddies about possible behaviors that could get YOU in trouble. HIV is completely preventable with knowledge. Try looking on-line at some resources-CDC.gov
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Body fluids: Mostly from sexual intercourse and from contact with infected blood products.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I don't want to get aids, what preventative measures can I take?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Know your partner: All adults aged 13-64 should receive an HIV test regardless of risk. Knowing you & your partners HIV status is essential to avoid hiv. Using a condom is essential to prevent HIV & other std's. You may qualify to take HIV medication daily in order to prevent getting HIV if you engage in high risk sexual activity - an HIV specialist is needed for this. Iv drug users should never share needles.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I get HIV in other ways besides sexual intercourse?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes, several ways: The most common way to get HIV is thru unprotected sexual intercourse. However, other ways include sharing hiv-infected needles (often associated with using illegal injection drugs, rarely with tattooing but possible), receiving infected blood transfusions or blood products (though the blood supply is screened thoroughly these days), and passing HIV from mother to child thru breastfeeding.
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Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Oral sex in which ejaculate from the penis is deposited on structures behind the oral cavity. The tonsils, lymph nodes in the throat, and other such areas upon which HIV may be deposited has been shown to be a source of disease.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to live with an HIV positive family member?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: You don't get HIV from living with someone with hiv, only from sex. Close contact is not a risk.
A 49-year-old member asked:

In what ways are scientists working to slow the spread of HIV and end the aids epidemic?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
See below: Hiv management is split between education about transmission and prevention, medications that can suppress the infection once it is diagnosed, and continued work on a vaccine that may be able to eradicate the infection. It is an exciting field of research and study.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How do unequal gender relations contribute to the spread of HIV and AIDS?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Homework question: This is for a "contemporary social theory" course, I take it. Some of these are helpful; others are ideological indoctrination. In the poor nations, rape and forced marriage transmit AIDS. That is the reality. I wish that more people card or talked straight about a terrible situation.

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