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French kissed an HIV positive person. I had recent dental work & was unsure about whether he had bleeding gums or open sores. Is my risk high for hiv?

French kissed an HIV positive person. I had recent dental work & was unsure about whether he had bleeding gums or open sores. Is my risk high for hiv?

Saliva and HIV: Saliva does carry the Aids Virus; however, his saliva would need to come into contact with inflamed gingival tissue that may bleed for example. If you need to pursue this behavior with him - there is a product called dental dam that would keep fluids from passing between the two of you! ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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I had an open cut and I kissed someone, if that person was HIV positive can I get it !?

I had an open cut and I kissed someone, if that person was HIV positive can I get it !?

Small chance: That is very low probability but it is possible. It is not worth risking it, follow up with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I fingered an hiv positive woman deeply for 30mins&kissed her.am I at risk?

I fingered an hiv positive woman deeply for 30mins&kissed her.am I at risk?

No risk, no worries: HIV is rarely if ever transmitted by hand-genital contact (fingering etc) or by kissing. Without intercourse you are at little or no risk. Your extremely low risk is even lower if the infected woman is on treatment for her HIV. However, feel to be tested in a few weeks if you would like the additional reassurance of a negative test result. ...Read more

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I kissed may be hiv positive man who is having high viral load.. i also had canker sore on lips however it was not bleeding.how much risk is involved?

I kissed may be hiv positive man who is having high viral load.. i also had canker sore on lips however it was not bleeding.how much risk is involved?

HIV and saliva risk : HIV is thought not to be transmitted by saliva . If your friend had bleeding, his blood could pose a risk, but your canker sores would not be expected to pick up the virus from his saliva alone . https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/how-you-get-hiv-aids/ Here's a reference on how you can and cannot get HIV. If you're healthy, make sure your partners are too !! Take care !! Get tested ...Read more

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How long can you sleep with an ?Hiv positive person and stil be negative?

How long can you sleep with an ?Hiv positive person and stil be negative?

Forever: Unless you are doing more than sleeping. If this is a way of avoiding the term sex, then you could become infected at any time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could a person be HIV positive and still does not show aids?

Can you tell me how could a person be HIV positive and still does not show aids?

Not unusual.: The natural history of HIV is that it takes months to years for many people to develop an aids defining condition such as a serious infection or a malignancy. Hiv infects the patient's immune system and replicates for a long time, slowly causing destruction of certain immune regulating cells. The patient may seem 'well' for several years until the immune system becomes compromised. ...Read more

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Can you explain why a person who has recently become HIV positive is more contagious than someone who was diagnosed 5?

Can you explain why a person who has recently become HIV positive is more contagious than someone who was diagnosed 5?

Not necessarily: A person has a higher chance to transmit the virus when their viral load is high; however someone with a low viral can also transmit it, so regardless when a patient is infected, if their viral load is very high she/he has a high probability to transmit it, also if there is genital lesions the risk of transmission is also high, acutely infected patients have high viral load initially. ...Read more

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Can a HIV positive person have Kids?

Can a HIV positive person have Kids?

Yes indeed: Similar question a few days ago. Also you? With proper medical treatment and care by an expert, people with HIV can normal lifespa and pretty much normal lives, including healthy pregnancy, delivery, and children. Get care from an expert in infectious diseases in general or HIV/AIDS in particular; s/he will also be able to refer you to an ObG with expertise in managing HIV in pregnant women. ...Read more

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How safe is sex with an HIV positive person?

How safe is sex with an HIV positive person?

HIV is real: Hiv infection is transmitted sexually and in situations where blood is shed. Are you asking this because you do not understand how infections and viruses work? Sex with an HIV positive person can happen with protection. Your question makes very little sense. ...Read more

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Until what age can an HIV positive person reach?

Hard to say: This question is somewhat unanswerable. Many folks on anti-retrovirals are doing well and have near normal life expectancies barring any complications. But there are many caveats in that it is exceedingly hard to predict for every case. You should be seeing an infectious disease doc who specializes in HIV as they are more up on new trials and can answer better. ...Read more

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How soon can someone contract HIV from a HIV positive person?

Very dangerous: A person who has just turned HIV positive and is in the acute phase is extremely infectious. The disease can still only be transmitted, though, by the routes that are now well-known. Handshakes, sharing food, hugs, crying on your shoulder are all fine -- and the newly-infected person needs your warmth first and foremost. ...Read more

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Can an hiv-positive person live 10 to 12 years with medication?

Can an hiv-positive person live 10 to 12 years with medication?

Yes: They can live even much longer than that.
Magic johnson must have been diagnosed more than 20 years ago and he's going strong. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to have protected sex with an HIV positive person?

Would if be okay to have protected sex with an HIV positive person?

Not entirely: Using protection is better than not using it, but it is not 100% safe. See this site for more info and discuss the matter with your doctor.
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/testing/index.htm. ...Read more

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If a person is HIV positive starting at age 20 then could they live to be 90?

If a person is HIV positive starting at age 20 then could they live to be 90?

Yes, it is possible: Yes, it is much more possible these days due to the current anti-HIV medications. People are living much longer with HIV these days. I have quite a few older patients in their 70s and 80s that are doing well with HIV as long as they remain on their medications. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person be HIV positive without having any physical symptoms/signs?

For what length of time can a person be HIV positive without having any physical symptoms/signs?

Sometimes Years: There are some people called "slow progressors" that never develop any signs or symptoms of HIV infection & they are often surprised to find from routine bloodwork that they are positive for hiv. These people can, however, pass along the virus. That is why it is important for anyone the is sexually active in a non-monogomous relationship to be tested regularly. ...Read more

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How common is getting HIV from a HIV positive person!? My partner told me he's safe but I was wondering

HIV: You will not get HIV from an HIV negative person. This is only transmitted from infected persons to others by some form of intimate contact, commonly sexual. Go and have yourself seen in an STD clinic and tested, and begin using protected sex only unless your partner is tested negative and you are monogamous and trust your partner to do the same. ...Read more

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What kind of vitimans should an HIV positive person take?

What kind of vitimans should an HIV positive person take?

Optional: A standard multivitamin is ok. Stay on your antiviral meds and eat a balanced diet. ...Read more

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Docs, could a HIV positive person get acute retroviral syndrome upon reinfection?

Yes, theoretically: Yes, it is theoretically possible that someone could get acute retroviral syndrome upon reinfection with another strain of HIV. First of all, reinfection is very, very rare but not impossible. However, reinfection with a second strain (perhaps more powerful than the original strain) theoretically could cause an acute retroviral syndrome as it is a completely new infection altogether. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what if a hiv-positive person under meds, takes a western blot test?

No need: If the diagnosis of HIV has been established and the person is being treated for hiv, there is no need to do a western blot test for hiv. Please note that western blot is a method and this method is used for other tests also. ...Read more

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Hello, If a hiv positive person used a shower and left any blood or semen on the floor in small amounts and then another person showers that has a ?

Hello, If a hiv positive person used a shower and left any blood or semen on the floor in small amounts and then another person showers that has a ?

No risk, no worry: HIV is not transmitted through the environment. If no sex or shared drug injection equipment with another person, you're not at risk. For example, household members of someone with HIV never catch it even after many years sharing toilets, kitchens, showers, towels, or eating utensils (assuming they are not also sex partners). Don't worry about this. ...Read more

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What to do if i got a tattoo after HIV positive person?

What to do if i got a tattoo after HIV positive person?

Probably safe: Tattoo parlors have more regulations than ever making tattoo placement safer than ever. Today its one use ink, on use needle thus the days of contamination a batch of ink and using it on the next 100 patrons is over. So if you went to a quality licensed parlor with good honest artists you are safe. ...Read more

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How unsafe is it for an HIV positive person to be in contact with a pregnant woman or a baby?

Depends on "contact": It depends on what you mean by "contact". Regular contact--talking, shaking hands, etc--is not dangerous. Sexual contact however would run the risk that the uninfected person would contract hiv. Hiv is only transmitted through body fluids, so just regular "hanging out" is fine, but anything that involves possible transfer of body fluids (blood semen) would be dangerous. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a HIV negatuve person get the HIV virus performing oral sex on an HIV positive person?

It could be possible that a HIV negatuve person get the HIV virus performing oral sex on an HIV positive person?

Yes: Hiv can be transmitted through oral sex. Here is a good place to read about transmission: http://www.Cdc.Gov/hiv/basics/index.Html. ...Read more

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Its true virus cannot survive in an HIV positive drop of dried blood but what if a person touched a tiny wet drop of blood and has a cut?

Its true virus cannot survive in an HIV positive drop of dried blood but what if a person touched a tiny wet drop of blood and has a cut?

In hospitals: In hospitals, the risks of exposure to blood borne virus is taken very seriously. Precisely the example you've given is what they try to prevent. So, while minimal, there is a risk of infection. ...Read more

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I had insertive protected oral fellatio with an HIV positive person. I had no cuts or sores on my penis. What are my chances of contracting HIV?

Not remote: but very slight chance , as it is a virus infection as how effective is your ' insertive protected... ' prophylaxis is. Get your self monitored by your doctor . ...Read more

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Hi I m male and received oral sex from hiv positive person (didn't know ) . pcr test at 19 days , 4th gen at 29-43 days post expusure . my chances ?

Hi I m male and received  oral sex from hiv positive person (didn't know ) . pcr test at 19 days , 4th gen at 29-43 days post expusure . my chances ?

HIV and oral sex: HIV is rarely if ever transmitted mouth to penis; there are no proved cases. In any case, your test results are conclusive. Your "chances" are 100% that you did not catch HIV. ...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


Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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Hiv Positive (Definition)

Hiv-positive people are people who have the human immunodeficiency virus hiv, the agent of the ...Read more