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What are reasons why are homosexual men at a higher risk of get hiv/aids?

What are reasons why are homosexual men at a higher risk of get hiv/aids?

Anal intercourse: Receptive anal intercourse is by its nature the most risky sexual practice for HIV transmission. While it is fairly common among both male-male and male-female couples, men who have sex with men and take different roles have been a population at extra risk. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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Can I get HIV by just rubbing the body and will my risk to get HIV decreased if I am wearing 2 condoms when intercourse? Thanks for your answer.

Can I get HIV by just rubbing the body and will my risk to get HIV decreased if I am wearing 2 condoms when intercourse? Thanks for your answer.

The risk...: Of getting HIV infection by just rubbing bodies is very low. I know of no studies comparing a double condom to just one but one works. ...Read more

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What is the risk of getting HIV from a tendon graft harvested from a cadaver? Should I get tested to be safe? Is at home test ok?

What is the risk of getting HIV from a tendon graft harvested from a cadaver? Should I get tested to be safe? Is at home test ok?

Extremely low: With today's testing and preparation it is estimated around one is six million. It doesn't seem to be happening. Good luck with your surgery. ...Read more

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Had anal sex, condom broke, he took out and didn't finish. He didn't even get it all in me. What are the risk of getting Hiv? (he said he is clean

Had anal sex, condom broke, he took out and didn't finish. He didn't even get it all in me. What are the risk of getting Hiv? (he said he is clean

Get checked: Although the risk is small it is worth getting checked to be sure. It will spare you worrying unnecessarily and on the off chance that you get contract HIV it will allow you to get prompt, effective treatment. Check the internet for clinics that serve gay men near you for low fee and usually first rate services. ...Read more

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Is the risk of getting HIV from anal sex higher than viginal sex? And if the female is HIV positive is there any chance for me not to get infected?

Is the risk of getting HIV from anal sex higher than viginal sex? And if the female is HIV positive is there any chance for me not to get infected?

No high risk: Being the insertive partner in this situation, regardless of the anatomy if your sex partner, is very low risk for HIV infection. Hiv is not transmitted through the skin, even of the penis skin. You have to gave blood or semen to your blood stream to get hiv. ...Read more

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Is first degree burn inside mouth an open wound and am I at risk to get HIV or STI in oral sex?

Is first degree burn inside mouth an open wound and am I at risk to get HIV or STI in oral sex?

U R @ risk for STD: Wound or no woulds in the buccal mucosa; you are always at risk for std's; especially in today's promiscuous environment.

The only way to ensure this would not happen is to have a very longterm relationship with an honorable partner who has been repeatedly tested negative; and whom you know is otherwise non-promiscuous by history. Although socially unpopular, best health is provided by celebacy. ...Read more

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What is the risk of getting HIV from oral sex?

What is the risk of getting HIV from oral sex?

Very small: In the classic studies during the peak of the epidemic, the risk even from swallowing infected semen was too low to estimate. I still hope you will love safely, and oral sex is still a risk for gonorrhea and more. ...Read more

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When poked with needle is it painful n risk of getting hiv?

When poked with needle is it painful n risk of getting hiv?

Are you serious?: Yes, getting stuck with a needle hurts. The risk is zero unless the needly was previously used on an HIV positive person. ...Read more

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If I had unsafe sex for 15 minutes and I ejaculated in the outside will I still at risk of getting hiv?

If I had unsafe sex for 15 minutes and I ejaculated in the outside will I still at risk of getting hiv?

At risk: Any unsafe sex with an HIV infected partner can lead to infection with hiv. If your partner has HIV and you have sex, it does not matter if you ejaculate or where you ejaculate. ...Read more

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What's a higher risk of getting HIV? Through blood or saliva?

What's a higher risk of getting HIV? Through blood or saliva?

High risk behavior?: Your query implies high risk behavior that puts you in contact with a variety of bodily fluids. Take extra precautions please! If you don't trust the contact individual in question, then DON'T take a chance! If you think you've been exposed, get tested NOW & start treatment if positive. And, please be responsible not to put others at risk if you may even remotely have chanced an infection. ...Read more

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I don't have unprotected sex or inject needles, what's the risk of getting hiv? Like from outside the body in the environment, is there any other way?

I don't have unprotected sex or inject needles, what's the risk of getting hiv? Like from outside the body in the environment, is there any other way?

No risk, no worries: HIV is not transmitted by contact with the virus or infected blood or body fluids in the environment. The virus is fragile and dies quickly outside the body, and large amounts of it must have contact with susceptible cells deep inside the body. Choose your sex partners wisely, use condoms for new or potentially unsafe partners, and never share drug injection equipment, and you'll never get HIV. ...Read more

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If I have bacterial vaginosis can I have a higher risk of getting HIV?

If I have bacterial vaginosis can I have a higher risk of getting HIV?

Perhaps slightly: Any infection in your genital tract can increase the likelihood of transmission and HIV infection. However bacterial vaginosis is mostly an overgrowth of certain bacteria and may not inflame the vaginal mucosa. ...Read more

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I have a cold after 6 months and I have a cold sore. Could I be at risk of geting hiv?

I have a cold after 6 months and I have a cold sore. Could I be at risk of geting hiv?

Be more specific: Have you had a continuous cold for 6 months plus a cold sore? If you have had an active HIV infection, you would be much sicker by now. Neither of these symptoms is specific for hiv. I suspect that your cold may be from an allergic condition and the cold sore is a separate condition many people get. It's time to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I bought new earrings off ebay and didn't clean them. One of my ears bled when I was putting it on, what are my risk of getting HIV from the earrings?

Almost zero: If the risk of HIV infection after a needlestick injury with an hiv-contaminated hollow-bore needle, is approximately 0, 37% (or one chance out of 370), the risk of getting contaminated by a new earring is infinitesimal. I would say like the same risk of winning the jack pot of mega million lotto. Hope your earrings look nice: enjoy them, you are safe! ...Read more

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If you have genital herpes is there a higher risk of getting hiv?

Yes: All ulcerative genital lesions facilitate the acquisition of HIV infection. For this reason safe sex, using condoms should always be used until the partners' status is known. ...Read more

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If someone with HIV had a small cut on their hand that was slightly bleeding and they changed a baby's diaper, could baby be at risk of getting HIV?

If someone with HIV had a small cut on their hand that was slightly bleeding and they changed a baby's diaper, could baby be at risk of getting HIV?

If baby ok....: So if the baby's skin is intact, meaning no diaper rash, irritation, minor cuts or sores, then the baby is not going to be infected. Intact skin is excellent protection. However, if there is open skin, raw areas, cuts, etc, the potential exists, albeit a small risk. Face it, you can get HIV from a needle poke - that's a tiny exposure. If in doubt, someone else can change the diaper! ...Read more

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I took a blowjob from a female, she used Listerine washing mouth before and after blowjob. I ejaculated on her mouth finally. Any risk of getting HIV?

I took a blowjob from a female, she used Listerine washing mouth before and after blowjob. I ejaculated on her mouth finally. Any risk of getting HIV?

Yes: Though low. If she has oral lesions on sores you could increase the risk. Ejaculating outside her mouth would reduce her risk. ...Read more

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Doctor I usually have weak erection during sex, and I also use condom. I want to know wether if my weak erection can reduce my risk of geting hiv?

Doctor I usually have weak erection during sex, and I also use condom. I want to know wether if my weak erection can reduce my risk of geting hiv?

HIV transfer: You get HIV infection by direct transfer of semen or secretion. It has nothing to do with strong or weak erection. If the erection is weak but the partner has infection, and you with no condom, you'll get it. Your condom protects from direct transfer of secretion. Always have protected sex if you don't know your partner. ...Read more

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I've lost my virginity 4 days ago with a sexworker but it was vaginal sex amd unprotected am I at big risk of getting HIV infection? Please reassure me

I've lost my virginity 4 days ago with a sexworker but it was vaginal sex amd unprotected am I at big risk of getting HIV infection? Please reassure me

Unprotected sex: If you had unprotected vaginal sex with a sex worker then you should see a doctor to state what happened and to follow their advice as to testing and follow-up. Hiv and other infections are possible in the scenario you describe. ...Read more

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I heard people with genital herpes have a higher risk of getting HIV is that true but I didn't have sex in year but should I b worried?

I heard people with genital herpes have a higher risk of getting HIV is that true but I didn't have sex in year but should I b worried?

Yes: Having genital herpes increases the risk of getting HIV infection, particularly if intercourse occurs during an outbreak. Using condoms decreases risk. ...Read more

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Hello doc, can Having an STD increases your risk of getting HIV even when you use a condom during sex? .please explain, I need to know. Thanks

Yes: Having an STD does increase one's chance of contracting HIV in two main ways: By developing a lesion in genital region which would provided the entry point for teh virus to penetrate body and causing an immune response (due to STD) would make the new immune cells vulnerable to attack by HIV which mainly infects these. ...Read more

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Hello...dr... Anal fingered a girl and wet same finger with my toung. To lubricate. Am I at risk of getting HIV. I am worried. As I have stomach ulcer?

Hello...dr... Anal fingered a girl and wet same finger with my toung. To lubricate. Am I at risk of getting HIV. I am worried. As I have stomach ulcer?

Small risk: I'm going to make this as simple as I can but it will be gross. Putting your finger in someone's anal area and licking it is the same as eating their poop just in smaller amount. Your stomach can handle a lot bec it has a lot of acid that will break things down so usually won't cause you a problem other than if the partner had diarrhea or other infectious GI issues. Think before you do anything ...Read more

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I received a novelty stick pin in Africa 9 months ago & I accidentally punctured my skin with the sharp tip. Could I be at risk for HIV? Get tested?

It depends what the: Pin was made from, but unless it was contaminated by blood or semen, etc, there is no chance of AIDS, so I do not think you are at risk for HIV or need to get tested. ...Read more

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I was bitten by someone who's HIV positive and I got a welt. It was through my sweater. Is there any risk of me getting hiv?

I was bitten by someone who's HIV positive and I got a welt. It was through my sweater. Is there any risk of me getting hiv?

Unlikely: If there was no directly contact of saliva with broken skin, it is virtually impossible. With a sweater in the way, the answer would be no. ...Read more

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I got vaginal fluids on my face and it possibly dripped into my mouth. Is this a high risk way of getting HIV or pretty safe?

Never 100% safe: Yes you can catch HIV if the fluid is infected. Next time get to know your partner better before having sex since you are no longer a 16 yo youngster. If you are concerned, get yourself tested for hiv. ...Read more

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Is there risk 4 HIV when get poked wirh needle in train sit. I got little red in my butt. I can not see whole syringe. Whatif needle is hollow type?

Yes: There is a small risk of HIV if you have a needle stick exposure. See your doctor for recommended post-needle stick exposure testing recommendations. ...Read more

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Why is it low risk to get infected with HIV by having unprotected oral sex?

See details: Oral sex is less risky because it does not provide a direct entry into the bloodstream. However, the risk is not zero and it is estimated that 3% of HIV cases are due to oral sex. Any cuts, lesions or even bleeding gums provide an entry of the virus into the bloodstream. ...Read more

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I accedentally touched my penis tip to pillow containing dried mosquito blood. What risk I have to get hiv. Plz rply asap im scared. Thnk u.

I accedentally touched my penis tip to pillow containing dried mosquito blood. What risk I have to get hiv. Plz rply asap im scared. Thnk u.

Wimpy virus: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance from her body on that door and it got into your penis, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read more

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So kissing a girl that has a bloody cut on her lip does that put a great risk for me to get HIV an hep if I can taste blood? Or a very low risk

So kissing a girl that has a bloody cut on her lip does that put a great risk for me to get HIV an hep if I can taste blood? Or a very low risk

"very low risk": The question being asked is "great risk" or "very low risk", with a typical girl. The CDC says that in 2010, there were ~2000 new cases of HIV in the U.S. in young women. If that happens year after year, we could end up with over 20-30, 000 young women in the U.S. with HIV. There are about 35 million young women in the U.S., which means better than 999 out of 1000 young women DON'T have 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


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