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Can or could smegma carry hiv/stds?

Can or could smegma carry hiv/stds?

Possibly...: Smegma is a sticky material that can collect between the head of the penis and the foreskin. Some authors have reported that male circumcision can help to decrease transmission of hiv. These authors say that HIV infection is exacerbated in inflammatory states, with the presence of smegma, and with ulceration. Int j std aids. 2012 mar;23(3):153-9, morris, b. Et al. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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It's been 10 days since i took an hiv/std test. I haven't got a result yet. Is this normal? They told me a couple of days but I have not heard anything.

It's been 10 days since i took an hiv/std test. I haven't got a result yet. Is this normal? They told me a couple of days but I have not heard anything.

Possibly: You should check with the lab. The turn around time may vary for different labs. The sample may have been lost, or your doctor may not have gotten back to you yet with the results. You should not guess that the result is positive or negative from the delay. Ask the doctor who sent the test. ...Read more

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One nostril has been stuffed (not always same one) for months. Haven't breathed through 2 nostrils I'm a while. Why? HIV? STDS?

One nostril has been stuffed (not always same one) for months. Haven't breathed through 2 nostrils I'm a while. Why? HIV? STDS?

No: This is more likely from hay fever than from HIV. Try nasal steroid. If not helpful after a week, see allergist. ...Read more

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Waiting on HIV/STD test results. missed the call from dr, they only tried contacting me once. I'm so scared. Bad sign? Why wouldn't they make sure to get hold of me and call my other contact number

Waiting on HIV/STD test results. missed the call from dr, they only tried contacting me once. I'm so scared. Bad sign? Why wouldn't they make sure to get hold of me and call my other contact number

Offices are busy: And they have lots of patients to contact. They are not going to leave sensitive information like that (good or bad) on an answering machine. Most offices call back with both positive results and negative results. Call them back and somebody should be able to give you the message they were trying to give you. ...Read more

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Chronic fever, thrush for 5 months these were started 1 week after sex with unknown , hiv, STD all neg; what can causes these symptoms?plz advise ?

Chronic fever, thrush for 5 months these were started 1 week after sex with unknown , hiv, STD all neg; what can causes these symptoms?plz advise ?

See ID doctor: This sounds as if there is compromise of the immune system. Don't know how you were tested and when, in relation to your symptoms. This complex picture is the provenance of an infectious diseases specialist, and if we knew where you lived it might be possible to recommend one or more. Call your local medical society or hospital and ask for an ID doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chances hiv&std. Protected receiving and giving of penile oral. Checked and no condom break but not sure if the person I was giving bj had latexcondom?

Chances hiv&std. Protected receiving and giving of penile oral. Checked and no condom break but not sure if the person I was giving bj had latexcondom?

STD possible: Although it is highly unlikely that HIV would be transmitted in this manner, it is still possible that you can catch other STDs through unprotected oral sex . ...Read more

Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...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