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Kissing An Hiv Positive Person
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
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
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
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
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
No: With few exceptions, no major racial difference has been noticed. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
At risk: But for a single heterosexual contact the risk is low perhaps 1 per 1000. Use barrier protection. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
It could be possible that a HIV negatuve person get the HIV virus performing oral sex on an HIV positive person?
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?
If someone had a saliva test and was told they are HIV positive but when they got their blood tested it said negative what should that person do?
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 ?
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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