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Can I get HIV in other ways besides sexual intercourse?

Can I get HIV in other ways besides sexual intercourse?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Can you get HIV after just a few minutes of sexual intercourse?

Can you get HIV after just a few minutes of sexual intercourse?

Yes: Any unprotected sexual contact without barrier protection, even for short amounts of time, can lead to HIV transmission if there is any exchange of bodily fluids, which we usually think of seminal fluid. However, this may also include vaginal discharge, pre-cum from the penis as well. Hiv can be transmitted via oral sex, too. Thus, transmission can also occur in the absence of orgasm. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have my first sexual intercourse with another virgin at our marriage, could we get hiv-aids?

Depends: Just having sex does not cause hiv. A person can only have risk of gettinghiv through sex, if the other party has hiv. The common ways to get HIV are through unprotected sex with an infected person, sharing needles with infected persons and other ways of exposure to body fluids of infected persons. ...Read more

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I had lab work done and non reactive came up on the HIV test.ive only had sexual intercourse with my wife of 7 years.Do i need to get tested again?

I had lab work done and non reactive came up on the HIV test.ive only had sexual intercourse with my wife of 7 years.Do i need to get tested again?

HIV: No. Unless your wife has become HIV+ or is having unprotected sex with someone other than you. You need not be tested again unless you have some risk factor (i.e., unprotected sex with an individual other than your wife, receive an untested blood transfusion or organ transplant, or inject yourself with a needle that has been used by an HIV+ person, and so on) ...Read more

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If someone has HIV or aids and you have sexual intercourse with someone who doesn't have aids or HIV and you use a condom can they still get hiv?

Yes: The risk of getting HIV from having sex with an HIV positive patient is directly related to the amount of hiv+ bodily fluids you are exposed to. Even though condoms can make this exposure close to zero; there is always a chance that you will be exposed/infected. ...Read more

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During sexual intercourse how a man can get infected if he don't kiss or uses his mouth (the girl has HIV) Only penis to vagina contact without condom?

During sexual intercourse how a man can get infected if he don't kiss or uses his mouth (the girl has HIV) Only penis to vagina contact without condom?

Here are...: Sexual intercourse is the ideal set-up to contract STD especially like HIV because vaginal penetration is highly possible to microscopically break the natural barrier - skin - for body fluid exchange. So, beware the reality, practice safe sex with all possible available means at all cost, and don't let wishful thinking work on you. So, watch, see, and be tested as needed. Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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After the sexual intercourse how many months we have to wait to know we don't have HIV 100% please reply for me 3 years finish until now I am getting neg-?

After the sexual intercourse how many months we have to wait to know we don't have HIV 100% please reply for me 3 years finish until now I am getting neg-?

You're good: If the screening labs were not positive after six months, you have a duty to yourself to stop worrying and get on with living. For shorter times, or if you are crippled by HIV anxiety, pay for a nucleic acid probe. Please consider a short course of psychotherapy to eradicate a fear that i believe you recognize is senseless; doing this will improve your live in other ways as well. ...Read more

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How reliable is the 20min fast HIV test? If it's negative 3 months after last sexual intercourse?

Very: They are reported as "over 99%" accurate. That is for all who might test. If you might be in a very high risk, then the accuracy might be off a little. If worrisome, you can repeat at 6 months, which is the length of occupational exposure surveilance for medical personnel who contact blood or bodily fluids. ...Read more

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If a person who is HIV positive has sexual intercourse with another HIV positive person does it affect them?

If a person who is HIV positive has sexual intercourse with another HIV positive person does it affect them?

Possibly: Hiv infected individuals often carry other sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea/chlamydia/hepatitis b/c, trichomonas, bacterial vaginosis etc, so those can be transmitted. Although, the most prevalent viral type of HIV is 1, there is also type 2 HIV virus that is prevalent in certain parts of africa and is not typical for north america, but coinfection is a possibility, albeit rare. ...Read more

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How long after HIV exposure from unprotected sexual intercourse until your HIV test could be positive?

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How long after HIV exposure from unprotected sexual intercourse until your HIV test could be positive?

1 month: Modern elisa tests are good at about 1 month after exposure. Testing protocols recommend one more test at 3 months to be sure. ...Read more

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I have Exposed With sexual intercourse, After 35th day i had RNA test of HIV its negative, my lymp Count is 40(20-40) and mono is 2(2-8) tell me risk?

I have Exposed With sexual intercourse, After 35th day i had RNA test of HIV its negative, my lymp Count is 40(20-40) and mono is 2(2-8) tell me risk?

Need more info: The tests that you indicate except the HIV are not giving us enough information about your health. You need to return to your primary care physician for more testing. He/she knows you best and can after a through exam and more blood testing give you an accurate answer. ...Read more

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Does condoms prevent HIV during sexual intercourse?

Yes: Properly used condoms (assuming no breakage) are highly effective at preventing HIV transmisison. ...Read more

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About 10 months ago i had sexual intercourse with a condom but it split i wiped straight away chances of catching hiv? I haven't been ill since.

About 10 months ago i had sexual intercourse with a condom but it split i wiped straight away chances of catching hiv? I haven't been ill since.

HIV: Wiping is ineffective, and absence of symptoms does not in any way exclude a diagnosis of either HIV or syphilis or occasionally even herpes, along with carrier state of gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc. Please go and get tested, since all of these carry significant morbidity and are easily treated. ...Read more

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How many STI and HIV negative people do you have to have sexual intercourse to catch it?

How many STI and HIV negative people do you have to have sexual intercourse to catch it?

ONE: It only takes one. You may even get it, but not have symptoms for a couple years, so best to use protection. ...Read more

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Hiv stats from participating in unprotected anal sexual intercourse being the receiver or provider of semen and the correlation to full ejaculation?

Why statistics?: Anyone who has participated in unprotected sexual activity, particularly anal intercourse, as the recipient or donor is at significant risk of acquiring HIV disease and should be seen by an HIV treatment provider and undergo testing. ...Read more

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I took HIV 4th gen.Elisa tests on 30days & 45days after unprotect sexual intercourse,results are negative. Are tests reliable & shorten 90days period.

I took HIV 4th gen.Elisa tests on 30days & 45days after unprotect sexual intercourse,results are negative. Are tests reliable & shorten 90days period.

These new generation: HIV tests shorten the testing window considerably such that at 4 weeks over 95% of infections will be detected. You can relax:) But to get to 99.9% disease detection, the additional 4%, it takes 12 weeks/about 90 days...i.e. an additional 8 weeks. Consistently following safe sexual practices prevents this small, but often intense, anxiety while waiting these additional weeks. Stay well:) ...Read more

Sexual Intercourse (Definition)

Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...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