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Can I get HIV from a doorknob?

Can I get HIV from a doorknob?

No-: Passed through blood, saliva, or semen, HIV does not survive on dry surfaces for very long. Even if the knob has virus, it would still require a portal of entry like a cut in the skin, or touching mucous membranes. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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How do you get HIV?

How do you get HIV?

See below: Having sex with an infected person, and sharing needles with an infected person are common ways. See this site for more information on the subject. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html ...Read more

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How can someone get hiv?

How can someone get hiv?

Blood or body fluid: Exchange of infectious blood or body fluids is the mode of transmission for HIV, typically by sexual contact, contaminated intravenous needles or blood products, or from mother to child during child birth. If you are concerned, you should get tested. Newer testing methods may be as easy as a swab from the inside of your cheek. ...Read more

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Why not to get HIV tested?

Why not to get HIV tested?

Not many, but...: There aren't too many reasons why someone should not getting HIV tested, but if someone has never been sexually active, nor have ever had a blood transfusion, nor ever used injection drugs, then perhaps there is no need to do HIV testing. However, it may be worthwhile for everyone to know their HIV status before becoming entering any sexual relationship. ...Read more

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Can i get HIV by protected sex?

Can i get HIV by protected sex?

Low risk: If you are using protection properly and not engaging in frequent risky behaviors/promiscuity, then the risk is extremely low. It is not zero, however. It is more of a statistical possibility. ...Read more

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Could i get HIV from a thumbtack ?

Could i get HIV from a thumbtack ?

Wimpy Virus: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance on that thumbtack and it got into your mouth, anus, vagina or an open wound, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read more

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Do people with hiv get sick often?

Yes if not treated: Nowadays antiretroviral therapy has transformed lives of people infected with HIV, but they to adhere to treatment plans, take meds and follow up regularly ...Read more

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How easy is it to get hiv from oral?

How easy is it to get hiv from oral?

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 events, 1 in 20,000 mouth to penis. These are equivalent to giving or receiving BJs by infected partners once daily for 27 and 55 years before transmission might be expected. Transmission by cunnilingus (oral-vaginal) probably is even more uncommon. ...Read more

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I just want to know how they get a hiv?

HIV exposure: Hiv is caught with direct blood to blood or semen to blood exposure. Sex that leads to exposure in the vagina, rectum, or throat can lead to infection. Sharing needles for drug use can be a source of HIV infection if the person you share with is HIV positive. I f you want an HIV test, these are available at your local std clinic for sure. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more