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Does being gay increase the chance of HIV infection?

Does being gay increase the chance of HIV infection?

No: Sexual behaviors and other behaviors which exposure a person to HIV increase the risk of HIV infection. Simply being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender alone does not increase your risk. To minimize your risk of infection, use barrier methods with all your sexual partners and avoid sharing needles if you use IV drugs. The cdc recommends all people age 13 - 64 be tested for hiv. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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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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Does being gay really increase a risk of hiv?

HIV is hard to get: Hiv is transmitted through sexual intercourse, through blood to blood contact such as sharing needles, and from mother to child in birth. Being fay does not, in and of itself cause you to get hiv. Participating in behaviors that are high risk does. You can be gay, be sexual, and never get hiv. ...Read more

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Is the risk of getting HIV from anal sex higher than viginal sex?And if the female is HIV positive is there any chance for me not to get infected?

Is the risk of getting  HIV from anal sex higher than viginal sex?And if the female is HIV positive is there any chance for me not to get infected?

No high risk: Being the insertive partner in this situation, regardless of the anatomy if your sex partner, is very low risk for HIV infection. Hiv is not transmitted through the skin, even of the penis skin. You have to gave blood or semen to your blood stream to get hiv. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of contracting aids via oral sex when the person doesn't ejaculate?

What is the likelihood of contracting aids via oral sex when the person doesn't ejaculate?

Still good.: Why would anyone engage in unprotected oral sex with an HIV partner? Simply dangerous! the mucous produced before ejacualation does contain HIV and can cause disease! irresponsible! always, no must use condom, or avoid oral sex! ...Read more

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What increases my chance of catching the HIV virus?

What increases my chance of catching the HIV virus?

CDC HIV Risk Factors: In general, behaviors that increase risk for HIV include: -Having sex with an infected partner+repetitively -Engaging in injection drug use, prostitution, -STDs -Gay/transgender men who have sex with men- anal sex is extremely dangerous and should be avoided For a complete explanation of risk factors see: https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/prevention/reduce-your-risk/who-is-at-risk-for-hiv/ ...Read more

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What is the probability of getting infected with aids by unsafe sex?

What is the probability of getting infected with aids by unsafe sex?

Depends: That depends on what you do, who you do it with, and how often. There's no way i can give you a number. Wear condoms and get tested. ...Read more

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If one gives unprotected oral to a male (unknowing if they're HIV positive) and the male does not ejaculate in/near the mouth is there any risk of hiv

If one gives unprotected oral to a male (unknowing if they're HIV positive) and the male does not ejaculate in/near the mouth is there any risk of hiv

Oral Sex and HIV: Then there is little to no risk for this behavior. There is even less risk if this person in on good HIV medications and has no detectable HIV virus in his blood. ...Read more

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Does the use of imiquimod increase the risk of HIV transmission? If so, is it b/c of irritation or b/c of enhanced immune response?

Does the use of imiquimod increase the risk of HIV transmission?  If so, is it b/c of irritation or b/c of enhanced immune response?

No hard data: Interesting question. Imiquimod is externally used for condyloma (warts) as you already know. There have been no studies showing what you ask. Now...Thinking logically...Anything that causes irritation or a break in the skin surface should put one at higher risk to acquire hiv..Especially when its associated with a mucous membrane. So i would say yes...But there is no data to support this. ...Read more

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What is the risk of getting HIV from oral sex?

What is the risk of getting HIV from oral sex?

Very small: In the classic studies during the peak of the epidemic, the risk even from swallowing infected semen was too low to estimate. I still hope you will love safely, and oral sex is still a risk for gonorrhea and more. ...Read more

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What is the risk of contracting hpv-positive oropharyngeal cancer from someone during oral sex?

What is the risk of contracting hpv-positive oropharyngeal cancer from someone during oral sex?

Risk for HPV: The risk for contracting hpv infection during oral sex is high if your partner is known to be hpv +. There is a strong relationship between hpv infection with increased risk of developing certain cancer including oropharyngeal cancer and cervical cancer over period of time. Thus, a safe sex habit, hpv vaccination, papsmear screening are recommended and f/u with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the chances of HIV transmission thru oral sex when there is no apparent blood or sperm. There maybe a chance of pre-ejaculate.

What are the chances of HIV transmission thru oral sex when there is no apparent blood or sperm. There maybe a chance of pre-ejaculate.

See remark: If there is a SUSPICION of HIV with an unknown, why take a risk ?? There is always a risk ! big risk Exercise discretion with all your contacts young man. I send you my best for good health ...Read more

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What are the risks of swallowing semen? Does it increase the risk of STDs?

What are the risks of swallowing semen? Does it increase the risk of STDs?

Hmmm....: When a woman swallows semen or sperm, her body just treats it as food (a small snack). It has no effect on her body, so if her shows some changes, it is merely by coincidence. However, life is never that simple. During the process of obtaining that semen, she might also obtain various viruses, bacteria, ureaplasma, etc..., from he who is the source of the semen. So, swallower beware. ...Read more

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Does the chance of contracting HIV increase if the vagina is small and tight ?

Does the chance of contracting HIV increase if the vagina is small and tight ?

Probably not: Although a tight vaginal canal may be associated with more microhemorrhage (increasing blood-to-blood contact)during intercourse, the risk of contract STD is unlikely to be any higher. ...Read more

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I am worried about possible HIV infection?

I am worried about possible HIV infection?

Happy to help...: ...if we understand your concerns--have you been exposed or is your "worry" more academic? ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could showering after sex reduce the risk of HIV infection?

No: No, showering after sex does not affect nor will it reduce the risk of HIV infection. The way to reduce risk of HIV infection with sex is by using barrier protection, such as using a condom. ...Read more

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What is the percentage rate or likelihood of spreading moluscum through sex?

What is the percentage  rate or likelihood of spreading moluscum through sex?

Fairly HIGH: Molluscum spread has been documented through the sharing of towels, sponges, wrestling, and from a surgeon to several of his patients. So it does not have to be direct skin contact but that is the most common route. Of course a condom will not protect all areas of the skin--so be aware. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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