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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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 hep c or hiv/ aids from touching dry blood and then rubbing your eyes?

Can you get hep c or hiv/ aids from touching dry blood and then rubbing your eyes?

Hep C-yes, HIV-no: Hepatitis C virus dried on inanimate surfaces can remain infectious for up to 6-8 weeks. HIV will not be present in sufficient quantity in dried blood. ...Read more

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Hiv risk after touching blood, should I be concerned?

Hiv risk after touching blood, should I be concerned?

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

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I know HIV can be transmitted by blood to cut I don't know how is it blood touching the cut on skin or by being pricked into skin. I have shallow cuts?

I know HIV can be transmitted by blood to cut I don't know how is it blood touching the cut on skin or by being pricked into skin. I have shallow cuts?

What happened?: If HIV is in someone else's blood and it come into contact with your blood or immune cells, there is a risk of HIV infection. It is unclear to me what happened to you. But if you have any concern just get tested. If you are HIV antibody negative more than 3 months after exposure you probably were not infected. ...Read more

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Touching other people's blood cause HIV and hepatitis?

Touching other people's blood cause HIV and hepatitis?

No unless...: You have open sore on your hand when you touch blood. ...Read more

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What is fresh blood touching cuts as far as HIV an hep c are concerned?

What is fresh blood touching cuts as far as HIV an hep c are concerned?

Unlikely: This is yet another far-from-real-life question expressing concern about HIV and hepatitis c transmission. It's difficult for pathogens to get through the fibrin meshwork that seals a cut. And what are you doing getting fresh blood on your hands? Most of your questions are unrealistic, but if you had heavy blood contamination like this, really, get with your physician about HIV & be more careful. ...Read more

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Could you contract hiv, or any hepatitus strains from touching a dollar bill with blood on it?

Could you contract hiv, or any hepatitus strains from touching a dollar bill with blood on it?

Highly unlikely: Highly unlikely, especially of blood on the money is dried, and you have no open/bleeding wounds on your hands. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from touching a rag/paper towel/ tissue with period blood on it?

Can you get HIV from touching a rag/paper towel/ tissue with period blood on it?

Yes but....: Any body fluids should be considered a biohazard and theoretically can transmit infectious diseases (such as hiv) if that person is hiv+. Although the risk is small, using proper precautions (latex gloves, etc.) will eliminate that risk. ...Read more

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At Walmart I was looking at curtains, one of them had fresh blood all over it and I was touching it. It got all over my hand. I have cuts. HIV Risk?

At Walmart I was looking at curtains, one of them had fresh blood all over it and I was touching it. It got all over my hand. I have cuts. HIV Risk?

Very unlikely but: If the blood was fresh and you had a open cut in your hand and blood entered and the blood was from a person who was positive for HIV.There are too many assumptions. But if you still have concern get a blood test in 4 weeks ang if negative another in three months ...Read more

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Touching blood on a toilet seat and then your genitals, the outer surface of them, after having peed, lack of paper, can you get hiv?

Touching blood on a toilet seat and then your genitals, the outer surface of them, after having peed, lack of paper, can you get hiv?

Theoritically: You can get HIV by sex, blood transfusion. If you have a open sore on your penis or if you introduced enough blood through your meatus then you could. Low probability ...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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LO is 6m old & at the docs she was touching the bin where they put used needles. I then noticed she had blood on hands, face & mouth. Risk of HIV?

LO is 6m old & at the docs she was touching the bin where they put used needles. I then noticed she had blood on hands, face & mouth. Risk of HIV?

How strange: Please let that doctor or his /her office know this promptly. Bottom line is that there are other blood borne pathogens that can be spread when blood products are in the mouth. Was it the doctor or your infant who had the blood in mouth and on face and hands? How did a six month old come in contact with a bin of contaminated materials? ...Read more

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Will a full blood cont show hiv?

No: Blood count is not a test for HIV. There are specific tests for HIV. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from dried blood?

Can you get HIV from dried blood?

Really no: The danger from this sort of thing is so low that it can't be measured. The HIV virus is a total wimp and dies with the blood cells that carry it. ...Read more

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Could I get HIV by splashing blood?

Could I get HIV by splashing blood?

Very unlikely: The blood would have to come from someone with a viral load that is positive and would have to enter your body through an open wound or break in the skin. ...Read more

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Does dry blood on towel contain hiv?

Does dry blood on towel contain hiv?

HIV and dried blood: Hiv does not live outside the human body for more than a couple hours at the very most. Hepatitis b on the other hand can last outside the body for up to 7 days! ...Read more

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Want to know you risk exposure to HIV from blood?

Want to know you risk exposure to HIV from blood?

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

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How much quantity of blood is needed to cause HIV.

How much quantity of blood is needed to cause HIV.

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

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What is the earliest time to detect HIV in the blood?

What is the earliest time to detect HIV in the blood?

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

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Could one contract HIV from blood from a "sharps" bin?

Could one contract HIV from blood from a "sharps" bin?

HIV: Since HIV is a blood borne virus, it is possible. However, other blood borne viruses, such as hcv, could be present and are easier to contract from a needle stick. ...Read more

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How long does HIV blood stay alive for outside the body?

HIV: This is a fragile virus. Even when contained in a body fluid drying will diminish the viral concentration by 99% within several hours. Heat and cold kill it rapidly. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from a toilet seat with dried blood on it?

Can you get HIV from a toilet seat with dried blood on it?

Unlikely: Assuming you don't have any broken skin, it's unlikely for the virus to be transmitted. If the blood is dry, it's also unlikely the virus is still alive. While the situation you're describing sounds unpleasant, I doubt HIV transmission would occur. ...Read more

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Used handtowel with dry blood on it can HIV be transmitted?

HIV is Hard to Get: Hiv is very fragile; it does not survive outside of living body fluids. It is not something one gets from a towel regardless if there is dried blood or not. ...Read more

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How much blood is needed for HIV to transfer to another person?

How much blood is needed for HIV to transfer to another person?

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

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Do it still take HIV ten years to show up in your blood system?

Do it still take HIV ten years to show up in your blood system?

MYTHs: No. It never did. That is a false myth without a single basis of truth to it. ...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