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Does HIV is easy to catch it?

Does HIV is easy to catch it?

It's difficult but..: Having unprotected passive anal intercourse with an HIV positive man not taking treatment gives you about a 1% chance per event of catching the virus. Other activities are progressively less risky. During the year when there was no effective rx, household contacts simply didn't catch the virus and even husband-and-wife more often than not did not infect each other despite no protection. ...Read more

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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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How long after catching HIV will simptoms occur?

How long after catching HIV will simptoms occur?

HIV: Onset of symptoms, if they occur at all, will be somewhat variable, but generally occurs in the first 2-4 weeks after infection. ...Read more

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How do people catch HIV and what are the symptoms?

How do people catch HIV and what are the symptoms?

Unprotected sex, IDU: Hiv infection is acquired through unprotected sex, injection drug use, or transfusion of hiv-infected blood products. As HIV infection progresses untreated and one's immune system worsens, one can develop aids. The symptoms can be very vague, including fever, rash, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, though many people are entirely asymptomatic, meaning they have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of catching HIV from a woman in australia?

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What is the likelihood of catching HIV from a woman in australia?

Depends: It greatly depends on how high risk the woman was; commercial sex worker? Iv drug use? How many sexual partners? Nature of sexual intercourse? If you are concerned and had a high risk exposure, you should get checked with your doctor regardless of how good you think your chances are of missing infection. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV or any stdo by digging in the trash no open cuts or sores?

Can you catch HIV or any stdo by digging in the trash no open cuts or sores?

Unlikely: Depends on what was in the trash. Unless there was blood stained materials or excrement in the trash you are not at risk. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV of surfaces? if you sat somewhere naked and some1 before you with HIV sat there naked too & left fluids can you get hiv this way?

Can you catch HIV of surfaces? if you sat somewhere naked and some1 before you with HIV sat there naked too & left fluids can you get hiv this way?

No risk at all: Nobody ever catches HIV from blood or body fluids in the environment. Don't worry about it. The virus dies quickly when outside the body, especially when fluids dry out. And even with wet fluids, not enough virus can reach susceptible cells deep inside the body. You will never be at risk for HIV except by unprotected vaginal or anal sex, or sharing drug injection equipment with other people. ...Read more

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Today i was at barbers , i didnt notice him changing the blade as he was so quick and i guess he reused the blade can i catch hiv through reused blade?

Today i was at barbers , i didnt notice him changing the blade as he was so quick and i guess he reused the blade can i catch hiv through reused blade?

Probably safe: Barbers use barbacide, generally an excellent antiseptic, used for many years. I cannot guarantee that he used it but it's usually standard of practicd. HIV is not easy to transmit even by this type of contsct. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV from urine?

Can you catch HIV from urine?

No: I am not sure what you would do with urine to think that HIV could be spread through it. The answer is no even if you drink it. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV from stepping on a needle?

Possible: If the needle had the infectious agent in it ... It is possible. See your docor asap or go to the er. ...Read more

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Will people reach the stage of AIDS in today's world even after catching HIV very early?

Will people reach the stage of AIDS in today's world even after catching HIV very early?

HIV can be stopped: If someone is identified relatively early, before the immune system is severely damaged (AIDS), the virus can be stopped. I have many patients who are controlled on medication - their virus is essentially 'locked away' thanks to the meds and I never suspect they will get AIDS. This is the good news about HIV treatment. The key is to get 'identified' as infected or not before the damage occurs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the chances for a man to catch HIV from a woman who is HIV positive?

Can you tell me what is the chances for a man to catch HIV from a woman who is HIV positive?

Woman to man trnsmsn: That depends on the viral control. If someone had an undetectable viral load then the risk of transmission is low. If the man uses a condom the risk of transmission is low. If the man takes prep, his risk is low. It used to be estimated for every 20 sexual encounters with a woman positive for HIV that 1 would be infected. ...Read more

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How long can hiv and hepc live outside of a body is it easy to catch hiv or hepc once outside of body?

It doesn't happen: Blood borne viruses (HIV, hepaitis B and C viruses, or others) are not acquired from contaminated environments. Virus survival is brief, especially when blood or body fluids dry, but what really matters is that nobody is known to have been infected in this way. Use common sense hygiene (wash hands etc) if you come into contact with wet body fluids, blood, etc. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

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How what is the amount of blood that needs to be transferred successfully in order to create a threat of catching hiv?

How what is the amount of blood that needs to be transferred successfully in order to create a threat of catching hiv?

HIV : This is not how one discusses risk for hiv. Any blood that is fresh is at risk of transmitting hiv. Hiv, the virus, weighs one millionth of one gram. Billions of viruses circulate in the blood in an untreated individual. Also at risk in the blood is the HIV infected white cells which is another way that HIV can be transmitted between humans. ...Read more

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My friend works with HIV positive children and is in contact with them without any protection. How long before she catches it?

My friend works with HIV positive children and is in contact with them without any protection. How long before she catches it?

Will NOT!!: Hiv is not transmitted casually, and contact with people who have HIV disease is quite safe. In order to become infected there must be intimate exchange of body fluids through sex, shared needle use, organ transplantation, blood transfusion, etc. Your friend is doing the children and the community a great service, and thankfully she is not at risk of becoming ill because of it. ...Read more

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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