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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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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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Is it possible to get hiv if pieces of glass with hiv +ve blood go into your skin?

Is it possible to get hiv if pieces of glass with hiv +ve blood go into your skin?

Infection possible: If the HIV positive blood enters the body through a break in the skin, transmission of infection is a possibility. ...Read more

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Hi, intact skin that touches blood. Hiv can be transmitted? Thanks

Hi, intact skin that touches blood. Hiv can be transmitted? Thanks

No: The tainted blood would need to enter the blood system or body in some way, and without an open sore n the skin, there would be no such transmission, ..As the skin provides an excellent barrier/protection. ...Read more

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I know HIV can be transmitted by blood to cut i don't know how is it blood touching the cut on skin or by being pricked into skin. I have shallow cuts?

I know HIV can be transmitted by blood to cut i don't know how is it blood touching the cut on skin or by being pricked into skin. I have shallow cuts?

What happened?: If HIV is in someone else's blood and it come into contact with your blood or immune cells, there is a risk of HIV infection. It is unclear to me what happened to you . But if you have any concern just get tested. If you are HIV antibody negative more than 3 months after exposure you probably were not infected. ...Read more

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Can HIV infected blood go through a dry healing cut on your skin?

Can HIV infected blood go through a dry healing cut on your skin?

HIV is hard to get: This is a complex question with complex answers. But HIV does not survive in the air very long. Hiv is less infectious in this scenario than hepatitis b or c. Many people who have a cut that is healing have built up layers of skin cells that may prove protective against viral infection. It never is a good idea to get fresh HIV infected blood into a sore or cut. Hiv treatment also cuts the risk. ...Read more

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A cashier at the store had a cut on her finger and got a drop of blood on my finger. I do not have any visible breaks in my skin. Hiv risk?

A cashier at the store had a cut on her finger and got a drop of blood on my finger. I do not have any visible breaks in my skin. Hiv risk?

Unlikely: Even if the cashier has HIV, I don't see how it can be transmitted to you in the manner described. Chances are that she did not even have HIV at all ...Read more

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My gf had about 100cc of HIV positive blood spilt on her. It ws washed off her skin afterwards but was left on her clothes for afew hours. Any concern?

My gf had about 100cc of HIV positive blood spilt on her. It ws washed off her skin afterwards but was left on her clothes for afew hours. Any concern?

Skin a good barrier: I am very hesitant to answer this question. The scenario is bizarre. And, any medical facility with this type of blood would have universal precautions and staff would be gloved, masked, and gowned. Then if this really happened a post exposure process would be instituted immediately to protect the 'patient'. I need more information. But, in general skin is a very good barrier to HIV infection. ...Read more

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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