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Hiv Blood Environmebt
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
HIV risk with Blood:
There could be two answers to this question. First, it is near impossible to get HIV today in the western world from a blood transfusion. Blood banks have instituted significant safety measures to prevent this from happening.
And, then with direct exposure to blood from a human that is infected with hiv. This, today, would be the high risk and dangerous exposure. ...Read more
Not quantity: We know what's dangerous and what isn't. Sharing needles is an efficient way of transmitting HIV though the volume is infinitesimal. Nobody's ever gotten HIV from being splashed with blood so far as I know. Your concern about HIV is very appropriate but I'm concerned that any answer could give you a false sense of security. ...Read more
HIV detection: Hiv is most commonly diagnosed by testing your blood or saliva for the presence of antibodies to the virus. Unfortunately, these types of HIV tests aren't accurate immediately after infection because it takes time for your body to develop these antibodies, usually up to 12 weeks. In rare cases, it can take up to six months for an HIV antibody test to become positive. Ask about the HIV antigen test. ...Read more
HIV Blood spill risk: From a needle stick with blood from someone who is HIV infected the risk is 0.3%. The risk from a blood spill of HIV on a skin surface that is intact is infinitesimally low. The area should be thoroughly washed after exposure and if it is healthcare related reported to your supervisor and employee health. If it is outside the healthcare environment you may consider testing (everyone should be!). ...Read more
HIV Transmission: This is not, in any way, a question that will answer your real question. Hiv, the virus, weighs one millionth of one gram. The RNA or dna from the virus, which is inside all of the white blood cells in an infected person's blood stream is even less weight. Any blood to blood exposure can transmit this infection. Perhaps you can look at what your real question here is and ask it specifically. ...Read more
MYTHs: No. It never did. That is a false myth without a single basis of truth to it. ...Read more
Doesn't matter: The concern in questions like this, whether or not stated directly, is that HIV transmission might occur from contaminated environments or objects. But there are no such infections. The busiest HIV/AIDS clinics never have patients without traditional risk factors. That said, HIV is dead once blood dries, and probably survives idefinitiely if it remains wet. But it doesn't matter. ...Read more
Blood Clotting: HIV?: Nope. Blood clots happen for a lot of reasons but having HIV is not one of them. I would be interested to know why you picked this out of the hat when there are a ton of reasons for blood to clot, most importantly that is what nature intended if blood is outside of the body. ...Read more
Immediate: Your should check immediate test to see your current status prior to this potential source. After that your should check 6 weeks, 3 months and occasionally 6 months to see any seroconversion. It is better to see infectious disease physician to better understand this seroconversion, and your chance to get this infection. ...Read more
Yes, possible: Yes, it is possible. Many times, transmission of HIV may occur through intercourse (vaginal, anal, or oral), which can cause micro tears in these areas, which allow the microscopic virus to get in and possibly cause infection. While a small amount of blood might not seem like much, there may still be a lot of HIV particles present in that drop of blood, which may increase risk of transmission. ...Read more
HIV is Hard to Get: I am unsure where you are eating food with blood on it, especially human blood. But, absolutely not. The way one get's HIV is well known and has been known for over thirty years. Did you miss this information as you grew up? You get HIV from direct sexual contact or from direct blood to blood exposure (that means living human blood to your direct blood system....). ...Read more
Not from a scab: The person is no longer bleeding. You won't catch it from touching the scab / scar. ...Read more
Amount of blood: That's a really tough question to answer. It really depends on viral load. Viral load refers to how many virus particles are present in the infected individual. This can vary dramatically depending on the time of the infection. At the time of initial infection the viral load can be very high so a small amount of blood may contain a very high concentration of viral particles. Get checked. ...Read more
Should: If youare positive whey will not tke your blood. Signa ahippa form asking for the results. ...Read more
What is HIV risk of sitting on a toilet seat with possible cuts with smeared blood on toilet seat?
Made For The Movies: For starters, there's an episode of 'American Horror Story' that might show you an answer, but short of that, all you can say is that the exposure of broken skin to blood provides a more likely route of entry of the HIV virus than intact skin. If the cuts were new, even more. If deep, even more and, the clincher, the blood has to have HIV in it in appreciable amounts and be fresh. So, unlikely, but not 100% ...Read more
Does HIV die withing a few seconds after its out of the body? Would dried blood be infectios as well?
Yes.: Probably not, but would not risk it. Clean the dried area with a 10% bleach solution. ...Read more
I'm freaking out that the Lady who took my blood health dept (who kinda knew me) lied to me about neg HIV result?
Asking again, right?: I believe I have answered you already. You have a right to have (not just see) a copy of your lab result. Rationally that will settle it. I would also urge you to assess your own mental state. All of us have times when we are not ourselves, and anxiety can do strange things to people. If you have the obsessive thought that you have HIV, take advantage of what mental health services can do for you. ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more