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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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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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 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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Why do gay and bisexuals have the highest rates of HIV infection?

Unsafe anal sex: The rectal mucosa is especially vulnerable to infection by the HIV virus. This is part, but by no means all, of the answer. Hiv was first discovered in gay-bi subcultures where promiscuity and lack of barrier protection allowed widespread infection. Being bi or gay by itself does not put one at any extra risk; the danger is entirely in the behaviors. ...Read more

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Chance of HIV infection from sitting on a toilet seat with dried and or wet smeared blood with possible open cuts?

Chance of HIV infection from sitting on a toilet seat with dried and or wet smeared blood with possible open cuts?

Zero: During the years in which there was no treatment, household contact NEVER led to infection. Barbara, what's really going on? Someone with open cuts on their bottom sits on a toilet seat smeared with WET blood? Even if this weren't bizarre and hugely improbable, a cut that's not actively bleeding is sealed with fibrin; a bleeding cut will wash virus away. Please get help with these fears. ...Read more

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I had sex with stranger, condom broke and i withdrew instantly. However in so worried now, is there a high chance of HIV infection? Really worried :(

I had sex with stranger, condom broke and i withdrew instantly. However in so worried now, is there a high chance of HIV infection? Really worried :(

Nearly Zero: There is such little risk from this even that i would advise two things. First, do not panic. Second. If you are panicking, or need to confirm this simple fact, then please go get tested. After fourteen days, the HIV RNA test is likely to give you a valid and accurate answer. ...Read more

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I had a 1 NT stand. The condom split and i withdrew immediately. I'm just worried now, i don't know here status, what are chances of HIV infection?

I had a 1 NT stand. The condom split and i withdrew immediately. I'm just worried now, i don't know here status, what are chances of HIV infection?

Easy, man!: I think this is the fourth time you've asked. You're an adult. I'll bet my friends here have told you that the risk is near zero but that you'd do best to tell your personal physician what happened for the best guidance, and to watch for other sexually transmitted diseases. I see this is tormenting you. This is what you really need to discussed with a physician who can rx your thoughts as well. ...Read more

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Someone didn't quite explain my question im 22 and today got treated for genorrhea now that im cured what's the chance I will have a HIV infection now?

Concurrent STDs: Gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes simplex, hiv, as well as many other infec diseses are transmitted sexually. 'pregnancy is a sexually transmitted disease'! if you were infected w/ gonorrhea you are at risk for being infected w/ HIV as well. You should have been offered an HIV test / your gc treatment; if not, get one and a syphilis test too! practice safe sex; condoms help prevent spread. ...Read more

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Someone didn't quite explain my question im 22 and today got treated for genorrhea now that im cured what's the chance I will have a HIV infection now?

Someone didn't quite explain my question im 22 and today got treated for genorrhea now that im cured what's the chance I will have a HIV infection now?

Get tested: There's no way to answer that, knowing nothing about what you did and with whom. But you should have been tested for HIV when you were diagnosed with gonorrhea. Everyone with an std is supposed to be tested. For that matter, everyone is supposed to be tested anyway. That's the only way to know. ...Read more

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What are the chances of fighting HIV infection and becoming healthy before it gets more serious and turns to aids.

What are the chances of fighting HIV infection and becoming healthy before it gets more serious and turns to aids.

The miracle with HIV: I would dare say it is 100% likely that you can be get a full immunity and normal health back with access to good health care and choosing a trusted HIV expert to be your partner in this. With good testing and treatment today no one should progress to aids...At least without some good reason. If you have not found a good provider yet you can find one here: http://www.Aahivm.Org. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a missed HIV infection after an elisa?

Depends: It takes at least 10-14 days for antibodies to form after initiation of infection, and if the elisa assay is done before adequate levels of antibody are formed it may be falsely negative. If it is negative and there has been the potential for exposure it should be repeated as often as necessary until 4-6 months have elapsed. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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