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Saliva from a HIV infected person can pass the virus thru an open cut by kissing ?

Saliva from a HIV infected person can pass the virus thru an open cut by kissing ?

HIV : in general HIV virus requires bloody secretions to survive and chances to get virus transmission from non-bloody saliva is very very small. It also depends on a persons viral load, for example person with HIV but who is compliant with their medication regimen usually have very low viral load and may not be contagious at all ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Rabies vaccine causes HIV through inject by reuse syringe?

Rabies vaccine causes HIV through inject by reuse syringe?

Don't reuse syringes: In parts of the world, HIV has been transmitted by reusing syringes.Old syringes were sterilized but nowadays cheap syringes should be available anywhere. ...Read more

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Can lab technician infect anyone with HIV during blood drawing procedure by using infected needle?

Can lab technician infect anyone with HIV during blood drawing procedure by using infected needle?

Maybe in the...: Maybe in the movies or mystery novels. In real life, no lab technician is walking around with an HIV-infected needle waiting to use it on somebody else. Safety protocols are followed every time, all the time. That means needles are single-use, and a lab technician need not take a single step while holding a used needle, because he or she always has a needle-disposal container right there. ...Read more

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Would one contract HIV through razor cut?

Would one contract HIV through razor cut?

Very unlikely: Unless blade was contaminated with blood containing HIV and one cut oneself whilst shaving with it. ...Read more

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Can staph infection be transmitted by touching an infected wound then touching another persons mouth? 

Can staph infection be transmitted by touching an infected wound then touching another persons mouth? 

Depends on burden: Depends on any number of factors. Yes. It is possible. I would avoid putting hands in mouth in general and if necessary to do so, I would highly recommend appropriately washing hands prior. ...Read more

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Can any virus or infectious disease be transmitted through dettol 60% alcohol hand sanitiser gel applied directly to an open bleeding wound?

OUCH: Dettol 60% should be limited to hand washing with intact skin. While it kills most viruses and kills bacteria by disrupting its cell structure, it unfortunately has the same effect on exposed cells in a wound thus causing additional damage, not to mention being a little uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Superficial scratch by a tailor pin, any blood borne virus risk?

Superficial scratch by a tailor pin, any blood borne virus risk?

No problem: In real life, things like that happen every day and are not a worry. Just use common sense, and wash when truly needed. Life is full of uncertainties, and a person cannot live if she worries about all of the potential little day-to-day occurrences. As they say, "Don't sweat the small stuff." ...Read more

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Will the needle or i.V. Hurt during the loop electrosurgical excision procedure?

Will the needle or i.V. Hurt during the loop electrosurgical excision procedure?

Minimal: There is very little pain with a leep procedure. I do them in my office using a paracervical block which requires an injection on each side of the cervix. Most of my patients do not feel that injection. If I do the leep in the operating room, those patients have an I.V. Which does require a neele stick for its placement - still only a needle stick - minimal pain. ...Read more

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Does the HPV virus enter your body through the bloodstream through non-genital areas, e.g. if you touch someone's genitals with a wounded hand?

Does the HPV virus enter your body through the bloodstream through non-genital areas, e.g. if you touch someone's genitals with a wounded hand?

Only skin-to-skin: HPV transmissiont occurs only by direct contact between infected skin or mucous membrane tissues. It does not enter the bloodstream and is not known to infect wounds, although I suppose that sometimes can happen. ...Read more

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Can someone catch AIDS infection through a non-bleeding wound if it touches the blood of an infected person?

Can someone catch AIDS infection through a non-bleeding wound  if it touches the blood of an infected person?

Extremely unlikely: In theory there might be a small risk from such exposure. However, there are no reported cases that this has ever happened. So nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Can aids infected blood enter a dry healing cut, from accidental contact?

Can aids infected blood enter a dry healing cut, from accidental contact?

Same As Any: It would be the same for any cut on any part of the body. The risk increases with the amount of blood and how deep the blood is exposed into the wound. On average, the risk of HIV being transmitted to a person from exposure of blood from an HIV positive person to an open wound or cut is estimated at 0.03%. As the wound heals, the risk would be lower. ...Read more

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Can HIV transmit via open wound exposed to urine containing seman pre seminal fluid ?

Can HIV transmit via open wound exposed to urine containing seman pre seminal fluid ?

May be: There is a risk albeit small. Please consult these two sites for information on this issue. http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/how-you-get-hiv?gclid=CK6P5szPq9ICFVY7gQodxYsGFw https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html ...Read more

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Blood draw fromButterfly needle with clean tube attachedat Clininc ,wanted to know hiv dies once dried inside needle ? HIV would die within minutes ?

Blood draw fromButterfly needle with clean tube attachedat Clininc ,wanted to know hiv dies once dried inside needle ? HIV would die within minutes ?

No risk, no worry: It is very unlikely the clinic reuses butterfly needles to draw blood. HIV probably can survive many hours in blood inside a needle. But because needles are not reused, this doesn't matter. As you probably know, medical care in Pakistan often is very sophisticated. But even in developing countries, HIV is rarely if ever caught by having blood drawn or by other needles or injections. No worries! ...Read more

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Can the HPV virus spread through sharing towels, bed sheets, etc?

Can the HPV virus spread through sharing towels, bed sheets, etc?

Unlikely, but... : A 1997 study in the journal of infectious disease demonstrated that hpv-16 showed 100%, 50%, and 30% of infectivity when dehydrated on a surface for 1, 3, and 7 days, respectively, at room temperature. But the real-world transmissibility of genital hpv when present on fomites such as towels, underwear, or gloves is unknown. I would be conservative, and take precautions to avoid trasmission. ...Read more

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Can the HPV virus be transmitted via a shower sponge?

Can the HPV virus be transmitted via a shower sponge?

Can't imagine this: Not likely, otherwise every person, young or old, who uses a shower sponge is at risk for hpv. ...Read more

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Can hep c be passed from touching an object to your open wound that a human with hepatitis C did?

Can hep c be passed from touching an object to your open wound that a human with hepatitis C did?

Blood with blood: Not unless the skin has cuts. Transmission is via blood to blood. A person with hepatitis c will not transmit the disease by touching objects if his skin is intact. ...Read more

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Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Indirect: Hsv lives in nerve cells and skin/mucosa (body surfaces). The virus doesn't really live in the bloodstream and would not survive long outside the body in drops of menstrual blood. However, menstrual blood can still contain other dangerous live viruses, including HIV and hepatitis, so it is always best to avoid direct contact with anyone else's blood (menstrual or otherwise). ...Read more

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