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What happens with pinal manipulation under anesthesia?

What happens with pinal manipulation under anesthesia?

See below: The use of spinal manipulation under anesthesia is done by chiropractors. Once you are completely relaxed under anesthesia the chiropracter will flex and press on your spine. Iit has not been verified as effective by independent studies. I would check the MRI or ct used to make this decision with an md before proceeding. ...Read more

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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 HIV transmission possible when you prick yourself with a nail, right after an infected person gets pricked by it?

Is HIV transmission possible when you prick yourself with a nail, right after an infected person gets pricked by it?

Yes, and...: You know, and I know, that this isn't a credible scenario. I've spent a lifetime around nails and accidental sticks are very uncommon. I believe that you injected drugs with a freshly-used needle and are now concerned, as you well should be. Phone your physician now and ask about post-exposure prophylaxis. ...Read more

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I pricked myself with a buttoniere pin. The pin was idle for at least 20 mins in the flower prior to accident. Am I at risk at contracting hiv or hep?

I pricked myself with a buttoniere pin. The pin was idle for at least 20 mins in the flower prior to accident. Am I at risk at contracting hiv or hep?

The short answer is: NO. A series of nearly impossible events would have had to occur. 1) the pin was contaminated with HIV 2) the HIV survived on the pin 3) the highly unlikely HIV that survived entered your blood stream through a minor prick. Please don't waste time thinking about these impossible risks. Instead Always Wear Your Seat Belt and Don't Drink and Drive!! ...Read more

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Can you pick up hep c or HIV from a pin prick? I teach sewing and often get pricked with sewing pins and I know my students prick themselves too.

Can you pick up hep c or HIV from a pin prick? I teach sewing and often get pricked with sewing pins and I know my students prick themselves too.

Probably not: Most people who get HIV or hepatitis from needle sticks are using syringes which have a hollow bore. The chance of contracting a disease from a solid bore needle like the ones used for sewing, especially being so small, is incredibly low and almost zero. I don't believe there have ever been any reported cases of this happening. ...Read more

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Pricked myself with push pin on college notice board. One drop of blood was produced and I disinfected the area and puncture wound. Could I get HIV?

Pricked myself with push pin on college notice board. One drop of blood was produced and I disinfected the area and puncture wound. Could I get HIV?

This scenario: Would be very, very, very unlikely to cause HIV infection (about 0%). When was your last tetanus shot? Would get it updated if your last one was ten or more years ago. Take care. ...Read more

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Rinsed safety pin with warm water (had been sitting on my deck for over a week.) Pricked myself w/pin 3x &drew blood. Could this cause HIV infection?

Rinsed safety pin with warm water (had been sitting on my deck for over a week.) Pricked myself w/pin 3x &drew blood. Could this cause HIV infection?

No: You're an adult now, and you need to be accurately informed about the basics of HIV infection. You can't get it except from another person who's actively infected, and it needs to be very fresh blood or other body fluid. Life is difficult enough without these fears. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can protected sex hold a risk of HIV transmission to a man? Can a man be infected with HIV through blowjob?

Can protected sex hold a risk of HIV transmission to a man? Can a man be infected with HIV through blowjob?

Possibly: Yes to both. But it is an exceedingly rare occurrence. Open sores in the mouth would be required and condoms are quoted to bring something along the lines of 99% percent effective. But remember if you fall into that 1% or even. 1% it's a 100% for you. Be safe. ...Read more

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Does the use of imiquimod increase the risk of HIV transmission? If so, is it b/c of irritation or b/c of enhanced immune response?

Does the use of imiquimod increase the risk of HIV transmission? If so, is it b/c of irritation or b/c of enhanced immune response?

No hard data: Interesting question. Imiquimod is externally used for condyloma (warts) as you already know. There have been no studies showing what you ask. Now...Thinking logically...Anything that causes irritation or a break in the skin surface should put one at higher risk to acquire hiv. Especially when its associated with a mucous membrane. So I would say yes...But there is no data to support this. ...Read more

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I am at risk of HIV transmission if my tattoo artist touched his stuff without taking off his gloves while tattooing me? I had herpes from unprotected sex 2 years ago. Fortunately, I am hiv- but I became obsessed over hiv. I have a close-friend who is a

I am at risk of HIV transmission if my tattoo artist touched his stuff without taking off his gloves while tattooing me? I had herpes from unprotected sex 2 years ago. Fortunately, I am hiv- but I became obsessed over hiv. I have a close-friend who is a

Hello.: Hello. I am assuming (but not sure) that the tattoo artist, scratches his genitalia through clothing. Now, if he is coming in to direct contact with his penis (i.e., by placing his hands down into his pants) and this is a mastabatory activity, then there is a possibility he could have pre-ejaculate or other discharge on the gloved hand. In that case, if there is a brief period from contact with his penis to touching tattooed areas, it would be conceivable that he could transmit infections.
However, if he is just scratching in the area that is covered by clothing, than he might only be potentially spreading possible germs that are on his clothes.
I would hope that he washes his hands well (or uses a disinfectant) between all customers and that he changes gloves between customers. I don't know if tattoo'ing requires actual sterile technique.
Ok, to get back to your question, I don't think you are at risk of contracting HIV if he is just scratching from the outside. However, if he scratches himself or handles other items and returns to his tattoo'ing that could transmit germs. ...Read more

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Can PRE ejaculate mixed with saliva that passes over a sore on lip pose a substantial risk of HIV transmission?

Depends: There is only a risk if the pre-ejaculate comes from a person with HIV. If the ejaculating person does not have HIV, there is no risk. If he does have HIV, then there is a small risk. If you are not sure, you should get tested. ...Read more

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I am worried about possible HIV transmission?

HIV: Transmission of this virus occurs only with intimate contact, either sexually or through needle sharing or blood or organ exchange. Make sure you have only protected sex. Ideally you might want to have a new sexual partner tested and not have sex with them until you are sure they are negative. Condoms are very effective. Several wives of my HIV patients have been negative for years. ...Read more

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What are the 3 most common modes of transmission of hiv?

Sex, drugs, babies: Sex, blood exposure (mostly from shared needles), and mother-to-child transmission. ...Read more

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Hiv must be caused by transmission and transmission only. Is that right?

Hiv must be caused by transmission and transmission only. Is that right?

Yes.: Hiv (the virus that causes aids) is spread from person to person by sharing needles or by exchange of body fluids in intimate acts like oral/vaginal/anal intercourse. Hiv does not arise 'spontaneously' and is acquired by interactions with other people who are already infected with hiv. Do not share needles and always use a latex condom with spermicide to diminish risk of transmission. ...Read more

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I've read that female to. Male HIV transmission is much lower than male to female transmission why is this true?

I've read that female to. Male HIV transmission is much lower than male to female transmission why is this true?

Skin vs. Mucosa: That's true in the us, mainly because the penis is covered almost entirely with uninfectable skin, whereas the vagina covered with infectable mucous membrane. Things that increase the risk of female to male transmission include genital ulcers or lack of circumcision in the male partner. ...Read more

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Why are studies so quick to dismiss the transmission of HIV environmentally? Have there ever been studies on the survival outside? Plz show me links.

Why are studies so quick to dismiss the transmission of HIV environmentally? Have there ever been studies on the survival outside? Plz show me links.

No reason for fear: You describe a curious fact -- a theoretical risk that plays out in the real world as no risk. You've put yourself in the same situation as a woman who's afraid to swim in a public pool because there may be a live sperm that will make her pregnant. It just doesn't happen, and people aren't getting HIV by touching the xerox machine. Stop doing this to yourself and get on with your life. ...Read more

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What's the chance of HIV transmission from using mouthwash?

What's the chance of HIV transmission from using mouthwash?

HIV is Hard to Get: There is no chance of getting HIV by using mouthwash. Hiv is transmitted by direct exposure from semen to blood or blood to blood among humans. It does not live in air or fluids such as water or mouthwash. ...Read more

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Handjob without a condom and HIV transmission, should I be concerned?

You're safe: This is a zero-risk activity. I hope you'll continue to practice safe sex until the time comes when you meet that one special person, then get tested together to be sure. ...Read more

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Is HIV transmission possible through oral sex?

Is HIV transmission possible through oral sex?

Yes: The risk is substantially less than with unprotected anal sex, but anecdotally it has happened, and the chimpanzee version is transmissible by swallowing semen. Cunnilingus had not been shown to have a measurable risk the last time I reviewed the literature. ...Read more

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When should you get your blood tested after a potential HIV transmission?

When should you get your blood tested after a potential HIV transmission?

Immediate: Your should check immediate test to see your current status prior to this potential source. After that your should check 6 weeks, 3 months and occasionally 6 months to see any seroconversion. It is better to see infectious disease physician to better understand this seroconversion, and your chance to get this infection. ...Read more

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What is the risk from open wound to wound contact in terms of HIV transmission?

Moist transmission: Hiv virus is best transmitted when there is contact between someone with the disease who has an open wound or whose moist mucous membranes (mouth, penis, vagina, anus) comes in direct contact with some one elses open wound or moist mucous membranes. The virus must stay in a moist environment to be transmitted. Toilet seats, door knobs, etc. Will not allow transmission.A moist environment is key! ...Read more

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What to do if I feel afraid, possible HIV transmission from recieving oral sex?

What to do if I feel afraid, possible HIV transmission from recieving oral sex?

Possible!: Very rare male having oral sex with a women. More likely for a women having oral sex with a male. However, herpes and hpv transmission are much more common! In any case, a woman should insist on a new male sexual partner wear a condom! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about HIV transmission!! blade is new but razor (holder) is old?

Sex and blood: HIV transmission occurs during sexual activity or by direct blood to blood exposure in needle sharing. As you have been previously told you have no risk of HIV from inanimate objects such as a razor holder. ...Read more

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Can semen be a way of transmission of HIV and hepatitis?

Yes.: Male ejaculate (semen) can carry viral infections such as HIV and viral hepatitis. Always using a latex condom and a spermicidal / viracidal lubricant can help to diminish the chance of acquiring a viral sexually transmitted disease. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Minor cut on foot, possiible HIV transmission?

HIV: If your foot was in a vagina or you had another person's hiv-containing blood on your foot it is conceivable, but unlikely. Hiv is not easy to transmit. Requires sex or exchange of infected body fluids or tissue. ...Read more

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What are the odds of HIV transmission in unprotected sex?

What are the odds of HIV transmission in unprotected sex?

No answer: There's no way to answer that question. It depends on who you're with and what you do sexually. Statistics based on large populations are of no use to two people in a bedroom. Use condoms and get tested. ...Read more

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How do you prevent perinatal transmission of HIV to the baby?

Antiviral prophylaxi: Generally mothers with HIV are treated with antiretroviral medication to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus to the fetus or the newborn. This is not 100% effective but has lowered the infection rate dramatically. ...Read more

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Can having a low HIV viral load lower the likelihood of transmission by a lot?

Can having a low HIV viral load lower the likelihood of transmission by a lot?

Yes!: Yes, by a lot. A large clinical trial showed that treating an infected person reduces the risk of transmission to a negative partner by 96%. If the positive partner has an undetectable viral load, the benefit is probably close to 100%. We still recommend condoms though, since you don't get your viral load checked every day. ...Read more

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Dr accidentally re-used a thermometer without the plastic cover (noticed afterward), it this a risk for HIV transmission?? Oral thermometer

No risk, no worry: HIV is not transmitted by oral contact. For example, kissing carries no risk, and neither does oral sex (or so little that there are no proved cases of HIV transmission mouth to penis). So even if a previous patient using the thermometer had HIV, you would not be at risk. Maybe very small risk for more common viruses, like colds and influenza. But not HIV. ...Read more

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If masseuse have others' semen on her hand n gave me a handjob, is that HIV transmission?

If masseuse have others' semen on her hand n gave me a handjob, is that HIV transmission?

Unlikely: There is a very low risk. The semen would have to have been from an HIV positive person and it would have had to contact your skin with some discontinuity in the epidermis. To be sure you may wish to get tested in about 6 months. ...Read more

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Condoms does prevent HIV transmission if inserted in the vagina just for 2minutes since rubbing is less?

Unclear question: Certain bodily fliuds transmit hiv, not rubbing. The condom must be used to prevent fluids from transferring. ...Read more

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Can having a low HIV viral load actually prevent some transmission?

Let me clarify: It's not the fact that a low viral load prevents transmission it's that a low viral load has less of a chance of being transmitted as an infection. In simple terms it's all about the type of exposure, h the duration of the exposure, and the intensity of the viral load that helps determine transmissibility. ...Read more

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Is there a chance of HIV transmission by sex fluid contact below the pectinate lining of anus?

Get tested: It is possible, especially if there was a break in the skin where infected body fluid contacted. If you have any doubt get tested. ...Read more

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Hiv transmission risk with a used needle new syringe recently took a b12 injection bit nurse changed needle needle was looking clean

Hiv transmission risk with a used needle new syringe recently took a b12 injection bit nurse changed needle needle was looking clean

Unclear info: Sharing needles is a know risk factor for HIV, if one of the users has HIV. If the nurse used a new needle for the injection, there is no risk.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can nipple biting be a source of HIV transmission?

Can nipple biting be a source of HIV transmission?

Unlikely: Transmission of HIV through saliva is highly unlikely, since the enzymes kill the virus. If the person doing the biting draws blood and they are bleeding and have HIV disease, this is conceivable, but very improbable. ...Read more

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Can there be HIV transmission through nipple biting?

Only if...: Only if there is breast milk from a female, or if the biting is so hard that the skin is broken and bleeding occurs.

If you are biting that hard, it's too hard. ...Read more

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Can prednisone for eczema increase the risk of transmission for hiv?

Repeated Question: Not sure why the previous answer was not adequate. Do you mean as someone who is contagious and you wonder if Prednisone will increase the contagiousness? Or will being on Prednisone make one more likely to get hiv? In either way if there is no high risk activity then Prednisone does not increase the risk. ...Read more

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I took a sip out of someone's drink and both of the corners of my mouth are chapped. Is this a risk for HIV transmission?

Very: UNLIKELY......kissing does not spread HIV nor should the tiny amount of saliva involved in your question!


Hope this helps!
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HIV and HEP c transmission same time from one sloppy kiss?

HIV and HEP c transmission same time from one sloppy kiss?

No: Kissing does not transmit HIV or Hep c unless blood from the infected person enters a break in the skin or mucous membranes of the uninflected person. ...Read more

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What are the chances of hiv transmission if help someone w/ a bleeding finger put bandaid on? Lets say the person helping had bleeding cuts as well.

What are the chances of hiv transmission if help someone w/ a bleeding finger put bandaid on? Lets say the person helping had bleeding cuts as well.

Possible but low: There are a lot of unknown factors here. However unless one intentional rubs the bleeding finger against the other person's blood, the risk is likely very low but not zero. ...Read more

Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...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