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Does HIV is easy to catch it?

Does HIV is easy to catch it?

It's difficult but..: Having unprotected passive anal intercourse with an HIV positive man not taking treatment gives you about a 1% chance per event of catching the virus. Other activities are progressively less risky. During the year when there was no effective rx, household contacts simply didn't catch the virus and even husband-and-wife more often than not did not infect each other despite no protection. ...Read more

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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 long after catching HIV will simptoms occur?

How long after catching HIV will simptoms occur?

HIV: Onset of symptoms, if they occur at all, will be somewhat variable, but generally occurs in the first 2-4 weeks after infection. ...Read more

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If someone with HIV scratches you can you get hiv?

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 their nails and it got into your cut, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read more

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How do people catch HIV and what are the symptoms?

How do people catch HIV and what are the symptoms?

Unprotected sex, IDU: Hiv infection is acquired through unprotected sex, injection drug use, or transfusion of hiv-infected blood products. As HIV infection progresses untreated and one's immune system worsens, one can develop aids. The symptoms can be very vague, including fever, rash, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, though many people are entirely asymptomatic, meaning they have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of catching HIV from a woman in australia?

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What is the likelihood of catching HIV from a woman in australia?

Depends: It greatly depends on how high risk the woman was; commercial sex worker? Iv drug use? How many sexual partners? Nature of sexual intercourse? If you are concerned and had a high risk exposure, you should get checked with your doctor regardless of how good you think your chances are of missing infection. ...Read more

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Dog scratched HIV person then immediately scratch you then can u get hiv?

Dog scratched HIV person then immediately scratch you then can u get hiv?

HIV: Wonder if that's a true story or just a hypothetical case!
so, the answer is - "yes" --- if the dog got blood from the infected person and immediately scratched you with the transfer of that blood into your wound. If the dog transferred it to you hours later, then the chance of getting it is very slim since the HIV virus is very unstable in the outer environment. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV or any stdo by digging in the trash no open cuts or sores?

Can you catch HIV or any stdo by digging in the trash no open cuts or sores?

Unlikely: Depends on what was in the trash. Unless there was blood stained materials or excrement in the trash you are not at risk. ...Read more

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Can hiv transmit through surfaces like curtains or desk if an scratch comes in contact with it, Thanks?

Can hiv transmit through surfaces like curtains or desk if an scratch comes in contact with it, Thanks?

Unlikely.: HIV is a realtively fragile virus. It requires a fluid/liquid environment, preferably one that is warm and has some nutrients in it (mucous membranes). It does not appear to survive long on cold dry surfaces. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV if someone scratches you? I'm worry because a guy fought me and I got scratch. Can I get HIV by that?

Can you get HIV if someone scratches you? I'm worry because a guy fought me and I got scratch. Can I get HIV by that?

No: HIV has never been transmitted by scratching, and it's questionable that even bloody fisticuffs has ever caused an infection. You're almost a grown man, and you need to be careful about getting into fights -- in some communities, and some situations, you need to be a fighter; but other times, you're taking too high a risk in our era of laws and lawyers. I hope the outcome was right. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV of surfaces? If you sat somewhere naked and some1 before you with HIV sat there naked too & left fluids can you get hiv this way?

Can you catch HIV of surfaces? If you sat somewhere naked and some1 before you with HIV sat there naked too & left fluids can you get hiv this way?

No risk at all: Nobody ever catches HIV from blood or body fluids in the environment. Don't worry about it. The virus dies quickly when outside the body, especially when fluids dry out. And even with wet fluids, not enough virus can reach susceptible cells deep inside the body. You will never be at risk for HIV except by unprotected vaginal or anal sex, or sharing drug injection equipment with other people. ...Read more

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Today I was at barbers, I didn't notice him changing the blade as he was so quick and I guess he reused the blade can I catch hiv through reused blade?

Today I was at barbers, I didn't notice him changing the blade as he was so quick and I guess he reused the blade can I catch hiv through reused blade?

Probably safe: Barbers use barbacide, generally an excellent antiseptic, used for many years. I cannot guarantee that he used it but it's usually standard of practicd. HIV is not easy to transmit even by this type of contsct. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV from urine?

Can you catch HIV from urine?

No: I am not sure what you would do with urine to think that HIV could be spread through it. The answer is no even if you drink it. ...Read more

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Can semen on old scratch cause hiv?

Can semen on old scratch cause hiv?

No.: Anything is possible, but this seems really really unlikely. Maybe one in a million chance. Even when there is direct mucous to mucous membrane contact or a direct puncture with an infected needle, chances are low. This has to be orders of magnitude below that. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV from stepping on a needle?

Possible: If the needle had the infectious agent in it. .. It is possible. See your docor asap or go to the er. ...Read more

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Will people reach the stage of AIDS in today's world even after catching HIV very early?

Will people reach the stage of AIDS in today's world even after catching HIV very early?

HIV can be stopped: If someone is identified relatively early, before the immune system is severely damaged (AIDS), the virus can be stopped. I have many patients who are controlled on medication - their virus is essentially 'locked away' thanks to the meds and I never suspect they will get AIDS. This is the good news about HIV treatment. The key is to get 'identified' as infected or not before the damage occurs. ...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