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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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 from being fingered by a guy that had a cut on his hand?

Can you get hiv from being fingered by a guy that had a cut on his hand?

No: If he's doing this rather than attending to the cut, it's stopped bleeding and does not present a danger. The microbes are sealed by the fibrin covering. Congratulations on finding someone special -- love wisely and well, and I'm glad you're safety-conscious. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from a finger entered (fingering) into the vagina if the person has a old cut on their finger about 2weeks old. Finger wasn't bleeding?

Can you get HIV from a finger entered (fingering) into the vagina if the person has a old cut on their finger about 2weeks old. Finger wasn't bleeding?

Not risky: By this time, the wound will be re-epithelialized. The risk is zero. Even if the cut was fibrin-sealed (i.e., a fresh scab as after an hour), the risk would still be minimal. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from insertion of a finger into a vagina?

Can you get HIV from insertion of a finger into a vagina?

No risk, no worry: In theory it could happen, if the finger had a fresh cut and the woman had HIV. But there has never been a reported case of HIV known to have been transmitted by vaginal or anal fingering, even though there must have been millions (or billions?) of such exposures, including millions that included nicks or cuts on the fingers. The risk is zero for all practical purposes. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from vaginal fluids on fingers then into mouth? Once air hits it is it dead? Is it normal to have ars related symptoms @ 4 months?

Can you get HIV from vaginal fluids on fingers then into mouth? Once air hits it is it dead? Is it normal to have ars related symptoms @ 4 months?

NO Risk: No. One does not get HIV by touching anything, including semen, blood, urine, vaginal fluids. The skin of the fingers are a complete barrier to infection. One does not get HIV by putting this into their mouths. In previous questions you have already been taught that your symptoms do not in any way represent AIDS or ARS. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get HIV from a dry finger?

Is it possible to get HIV from a dry finger?

Unclear question: If you mean insertion of a dry finger in the vagina; while possible, it is not likely to transmit hiv, as long as there were no sores on the finger. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hiv, can I get it just by putting my finger in virgin?

Can you tell me about hiv, can I get it just by putting my finger in virgin?

No: This is the 21st century and you're an adult. You owe it to yourself to find a credible source about how HIV is really transmitted in the real world. Just as it is wrong to engage in unsafe practices, so it's a disservice to yourself and others to torment yourself wondering whether something safe has infected you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from fingering without cuts on the finger?

Can you get HIV from fingering without cuts on the finger?

HIV risk?: No. Hiv is not caught through skin to skin contact. There is zero risk here, even if there are 'cuts' on the finger's skin. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from wiping a toilet seat with a cut on my finger. I had to wipe a toilet seat. My skin briefly touched the seat.

Can you get HIV from wiping a toilet seat with a cut on my finger. I had to wipe a toilet seat. My skin briefly touched the seat.

HIV is hard to get: Nope. Not in any way. This common paranoia is just that. Hiv does not live outside of the human on inanimate objects. ...Read more

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How common is it to get HIV from a non bleeding cut on your finger that contacts vaginal fluid?

How common is it to get HIV from a non bleeding cut on your finger that contacts vaginal fluid?

Can happen: The risk of contracting the aids virus from a needlestick with a contaminated needle is 3 in 1000. The risk that you ask about likely would be in that range for a single exposure. If the exposure time was prolonged or repeated, then the risk would be proportionately higher. If you have been exposed, you should see your doctor for serologic testing and follow-up. ...Read more

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Can HIV get to your bloodstream threw finger poke from thumbtack? I poked my finger and a couple secounds later a few drops of blood came out!

Kinda, but: I've never heard of a thumb tack with hiv, so would not worry too much. Even a solid needle (like suture needle) can potentially have the virus on surface, but that goes into person. Tack doesn't and then sits around (in bulletin board) for long time. Many more things in life to worry about. Wash hands with soap and water. ...Read more

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I was waxing in a spa and I bleeded and the person who was waxing me touched the blood with his fingers without gloves, do I get hiv if he has hiv?

I was waxing in a spa and I bleeded and the person who was waxing me touched the blood with his fingers without gloves, do I get hiv if he has hiv?

If you are not: HIV positive then your blood will not carry the virus. Blood that does not carry the virus can not transmit the virus. It is transmitted through body fluids - in this case the fluids in question are your own. ...Read more

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Can you get hepatitis or HIV from unwashed utensils at a nail salon? Especially if there is a papercut on finger?

Can you get hepatitis or HIV from unwashed utensils at a nail salon? Especially if there is a papercut on finger?

No risk, no worry: This sort of infection for sure never happens for HIV, and probably never for hepatitis B. Of course nail salons should disinfect their equipment between customers. But even if they sometimes forget, the actual risk is extremely low. I'll bet no doctor or clinic in the US has ever seen a patient with either HIV or viral hepatitis known to be acquired in this way. Nohting to be worried about. ...Read more

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I had a small cut on my finger & touched a glass with my teacher's blood on it. (it was part of biology class, we learned about blood) can I get hiv?

I had a small cut on my finger & touched a glass with my teacher's blood on it. (it was part of biology class, we learned about blood) can I get hiv?

Inform school/family: Even if you are 18 and of legal age. Inform parents/teacher/doctors all or some you are. The exact scenario you describe is not well described but the literature on needle sticks tell us that HIV risk is about 3/1000 incidents. A important factor is whether HIV exists prior to this and thus for an exposure testing of all subjects is recommended. School, public health departments have guidelines. ...Read more

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Can I get HIV from being naked on a guy's bed and inserting my own finger into my own anus while he watch? He might be HIV positive. We had no contact

No: You are an adult now. You cannot infect yourself with HIV. This is basic knowledge that every grownup should possess. Please read a good basic book about sexuality. Let me also reassure you that this kind of exploring with a friend is fine and many guys try stuff like this. Enjoy yourself, educate yourself and love wisely. ...Read more

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I wore long sports pants. A guy touched my bottom and anus area. Not sure if he has cuts on fingers. Do I get HIV if I wear that pants for the whole day?

I wore long sports pants. A guy touched my bottom and anus area. Not sure if he has cuts on fingers. Do I get HIV if I wear that pants for the whole day?

No: No, but the concern here is that you have so much concern. Sometimes people get preoccupied about their health and worry that they will catch diseases that it interferes with their lives. Of course one has to be thoughtful and concerned about unprotected sexual contact. But when that concern spills over into these other areas it can be very helpful to speak with a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv/aids if you finger a girl and your finger is cut?

HIV: This is possible, but unusual. The vaginal secretions contain virus and the virus can enter through breaks in the skin, but this would be a rare means of transmission. In medical settings it actually takes penetration of a needle through the skin into tissues for accidental transmission, although there has been a case in which a surgery got splashed in the eye with infected body fluids ; got hiv. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV if sperm leaks through jeans and comes in contact with a cut on your finger?

Here are some...: A fresh cut with bleeding is like needling through whole thickness of skin where hiv viruses gain access into body leading to hiv infection as what happened to some surgeons; so does a cut for the finger with hiv-contaminated semen. So, seek pro-evaluation & counseling timely. ...Read more

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If someone accidentally stick part of their hand or finger in your food and then you ate the food will you get HIV from this?

If someone accidentally stick part of their hand or finger in your food and then you ate the food will you get HIV from this?

Extremely unlikely!: Hiv is generally transmitted by blood. If the finger was bleeding and that blood touched the food you ate, unless you had open sores in your mouth, then there is a very slight possibility of infection. However, this scenario is extremely rare. On the other hand, (no pun) hepatitis is far more virulent. So regardless, I would be certain anyone touching my food had just cleaned their hands! ...Read more

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How easy would it be to get HIV from contact of vaginal fluids with a finger that looks like a little small 2mm cut on the corner of a finger nail?

How easy would it be to get HIV from contact of vaginal fluids with a finger that looks like a little small 2mm cut on the corner of a finger nail?

Possible not likely: While the possibility for transmission of disease exists it is likely to be relatively low. However only serologic testing can provide the definitive answer. ...Read more

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Can a girl get HIV if a guy fingers her in the vagina?

Can a girl get HIV if a guy fingers her in the vagina?

Doubtful, but: It depends somewhat on the condition of the finger & the HIV status of the person using it. If the finger has poorly tended nails with tiny breaks in the skin or a bloody cut, it could expose you to the virus. Some HIV positive individuals on therapy have a very low viral load & are less likely to pass it. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV through your finger nails if your skin around your nails are broken?

Yes: If you pour HIV infected blood into the injury. Most casual contacts do not lead to HIV transmission. Unprotected sex, IVDA and accidental needle stick remain main way of transmissions ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from a nail salon. Had my nails done ladt thursday and the drill nicked my finger and bled. Am freaking out.?

Won't happen: Early in the epidemic, we men worried about catching it at the barber's. That didn't happen either. Relax. The HIV virus is wimpy and its ability to survive outside the body seems basically zero. Even if there's warm, fresh blood on a needle that's jabbed into the skin, the risk is only 1 in 300. If you have no reason to think that needle was recently in the vein of an AIDS patient, relax. ...Read more

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After touching a metal thing in a public restroom, my son accidently put his fingers in my mouth. I am concerned that I could get HIV.

NO: HIV is not transmitted by casual contact like that. There is no chance he contracted HIV from hand/mouth contact. Relax and go to CDC website or other HIV site to learn about HIV transmission. ...Read more

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Can hiv/hcv transmit if small bleeding cut on me? I work at restraunt&often get cuts on fingers. Scared co worker's blood got on my small cut?

Can hiv/hcv transmit if small bleeding cut on me? I work at restraunt&often get cuts on fingers. Scared co worker's blood got on my small cut?

Can wear gloves: If worried, one can wear protective gloves, such as the latex or non-latex examination gloves that we doctors use. In real life, restaurant workers are not catching HIV or HCV at work from doing their regular duties, so one does not need to worry. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV if someone fingers you with a fresh scab (five hour old cut) on his finger just on the outside of your vagina for a few seconds?

Can you get HIV if someone fingers you with a fresh scab (five hour old cut) on his finger just on the outside of your vagina for a few seconds?

Extremely unlikely: There's a lot of fear and anxiety regarding HIV. From what you describe, I would describe this activity as extremely low risk. First of all, your partner would have to be HIV positive, second they would have to be untreated, third there was no active bleeding, and finally this did not seem like a contact of real concern. It's always good to talk to your partner (s) before sex and your doc can help2 ...Read more

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Can testing for HIV and syphilis be done right away with just a finger prick? Get results in minutes? And clamydia and gonorrhea how fastget results?

Can testing for HIV and syphilis be done right away with just a finger prick? Get results in minutes? And clamydia and gonorrhea how fastget results?

HIV yes, others no: The rapid HIV finger prick tests are very reliable. Rapid syphilis tests aren't yet marketed in the US, but ressarch indicates they are accurate if enough time has passed since exposure. There are no reliable, approved rapid gonorrhea or chlamydia tests. The standard tests, on urine or swab, take only 1-2 hours, but with time to send specimens and get results, usually in 2-3 work days. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from fingering a vagina and you have a open cut but not bleeding on your finger?

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Possible: Depends on whether the vaginal fluid has HIV and how well the cut has healed. Usually the wound is considered well healed after 6 weeks absent any complication such as wound infection. ...Read more

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Had sex with a girl, unknown HIV statuts, did not finger her, touched condom, noticed littlet finger cut next morning? Should I get tested? Am I at ri

Had sex with a girl, unknown HIV statuts, did not finger her, touched condom, noticed littlet finger cut next morning? Should I get tested? Am I at ri

No risk: No. There is zero risk here. One does not get HIV from touching anything, even with 'a cut' in the skin. You have no risk and no need to test. However, you are going to worry. So, after three months you can go get an HIV test to ease your mind. ...Read more

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Can you get aids or HIV if vaginal fluid or semen touches your finger and your finger has scab wounds?

Can you get aids or HIV if vaginal fluid or semen touches your finger and your finger has scab wounds?

Depends: If the vaginal fluid or semen contains HIV and you have open wound there is a risk of getting hiv. If your wound are not open, there is less than minimal risk. If the vagianl fluid or semen does not have hiv, there is no risk. ...Read more

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Can someone get HIV from getting blood on there finger and under the nail no cuts? Contact was from touching sumones hand who already had blood

Can someone get HIV from getting blood on there finger and under the nail no cuts? Contact was from touching sumones hand who already had blood

No, but...: You're shaking hands with somebody with blood on their hand and you get a fleck of blood under your nail? And you're asking about HIV infection? Whatever really happened, if you have a realistic fear of having contracted HIV (and a fear in this situation is not realistic), get with your personal physician for the blood work. I know that SOMETHING happened and you're scared. Be brave. Get tested. ...Read more

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Can my son get HIV or other STDs from touching something in a public restroom (not toilet) and then putting his fingers in his mouth for a second

Can my son get HIV or other STDs from touching something in a public restroom (not toilet) and then putting his fingers in his mouth for a second

Not possible: HIV does not survive on toilet seats or other surfaces for long period. If you still insist or have concerns please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can 1 day old paper cut slice on finger get infected with hiv or hcv if exposed to small amount of blood?

Can 1 day old paper cut slice on finger get infected with hiv or hcv if exposed to small amount of blood?

Very unlikely: If the person whose blood you came in contact with, does not have HIV or Hep C, there is no risk. Even the person has infection with one or both of these, the risk is minimal. To be sure get a HIV and Hep C nucleic acid tests in 6 months.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...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