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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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 one get HIV from touching semen spillage? Esp if I have cut on hand. Dunno whether semen from hiv+ guy or not or how long had it been exposed to air

Can one get HIV from touching semen spillage? Esp if I have cut on hand. Dunno whether semen from hiv+ guy or not or how long had it been exposed to air

Unlikely: A cut on your hand is still protected by the fibrin that has stopped the bleeding. Entry of virus into your bloodstream where it can do harm in this setting is extremely unlikely. You're an adult now and this brings new joys and new dangers. Be careful in all "adult" situations -- you owe this to yourself and those who love you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it only semen that transfers HIV or any bodily fluid?

Is it only semen that transfers HIV or any bodily fluid?

Other fluids too: We recommend using "universal precautions" when handling semen, blood or other body fluids from HIV positive individuals. We usually consider HIV to be a std, so for the most part, you need not be overly concerned about contact with saliva, for example. Semen and blood banks screen donors to prevent infecting recipients. ...Read more

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How long could HIV semen still be infectious outside the body?

How long could HIV semen still be infectious outside the body?

Don't take chances: While HIV is reported as only capable of living hours-days in the environment, some hepatitis viruses and other infectious agents can live much longer--also, you do not want to be the first-case-ever for something. Clean up with commercially available antiviral/antimicrobial cleaner or wipe. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from sitting on wet seat (worst case example if it was HIV semen about 30 seconds exposed in air)? Liquid went inside butt w/clothes

Can you get HIV from sitting on wet seat (worst case example if it was HIV semen about 30 seconds exposed in air)? Liquid went inside butt w/clothes

Forgive my surprise: You're almost a grown man and I'm wondering why you'd have a fear like this. You say you sat down where you have reason to believe that an hiv-positive male had just ejaculated, and that the fluid soaked through the back of your trousers and up there? Something else must be troubling you. Your personal physician is your best friend. Be brave, make the phone call now, and had an honest talk. ...Read more

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Hiv+ semen &/or blood contaminated with coffee (not so hot). Is there a risk that I was infected?

Hiv+ semen &/or blood contaminated with coffee (not so hot). Is there a risk that I was infected?

Yes: Unprotected sex with a HIV infected person carries a high risk of exposure. Your risk will even be higher if you have open sores, break in skin, if your part has viremia, not taking his art medications. The semen with blood even poses more risk. See your doctor immediately to be placed on exposure medication prophylaxisi. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch HIV without semen but from precum? Can HIV antibodies live outside its host? If so, how long?

Yes: It is possible to be infected with HIV from any bodily secretions. Blood and unprotected sex are most common. Avoid unprotected sex and blood products and you won't have to worry. ...Read more

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Fixed someone's catheter and changed wet sheet half hr later scratched groin area if any semen on sheet could HIV be transmitted?

Fixed someone's catheter and changed wet sheet half hr later scratched groin area if any semen on sheet could HIV be transmitted?

Family practice: Always use precautions when exposing yourself with someone else's body fluids. Use gloves and always wash your hands. That being said it is very unlikely nearly impossible in contacting HIV in that episode. Needle pokes should be investigated. ...Read more

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It is known that HIV spreads from genital fluids. So why no test is done taking semen as a subject. HIV is definitely present in the semen.

Blood easier: Most of the tests are based on detecting antibodies to HIV, not HIV per se. Antibodies are present in blood and blood is easier to collect than semen. Finally women can not provide semen. ...Read more

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How long would HIV infected semen live in the water of a toilet bowl that's been mixed with urine and feces? And the toilet is flushed frequently?

How long would HIV infected semen live in the water of a toilet bowl that's been mixed with urine and feces? And the toilet is flushed frequently?

It doesn't: It doesn't. Period. End of worry. Why would anyone ask this question? It is extremely bizarre. Please clarify if you do not understand how impossible this scenario is for risk of infection. ...Read more

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For ivf, can sperm be separted from the semen to avoid possible HIV infection? What are the chances of infection for a undet. Vr?

Doubtful: While a sperm can be selected and injected directly into an egg, it is not likely to be 100% certain that no HIV is passed. ...Read more

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How likely is it to contract HIV from semen on top of the skin? After sex he ejaculated on my stomach I wiped it off right after. Please let me know.

How likely is it to contract HIV from semen on top of the skin? After sex he ejaculated on my stomach I wiped it off right after. Please let me know.

Not likely: If you are having unprotected sex of any kind with a partner that is known to be untreated an positive for HIV you are asking for trouble. We have good drugs for this, but nothing is 100%. See a Provider and check this out! ...Read more

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Can a simple urine analysis, urine culture or semen analysis report detects HIV infections/bacteria or stds?

Can a simple urine analysis, urine culture or semen analysis report detects HIV infections/bacteria or stds?

Std: All std diseases including hiv, can be easily diagnosed by blood test or a urethral swab. Urine or semen analysis are not recommended to screen for std's. ...Read more

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Can semen on old scratch cause hiv?

Can semen on old scratch cause hiv?

No.: Anything is possible, but this seems really really unlikely. Maybe one in a million chance. Even when there is direct mucous to mucous membrane contact or a direct puncture with an infected needle, chances are low. This has to be orders of magnitude below that. ...Read more

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How long does HIV last in dried semen?

How long does HIV last in dried semen?

HIV: In certain conditions, the virus can survive outside the body for several weeks. Survival depends on the body fluid, volume of the fluid, concentration of the virus within it, temperature, acidity, and exposure to sunlight and humidity. HIV transmission has not been reported as a consequence of contact with spillages of blood, semen or other body fluids. ...Read more

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How long does HIV survive in semen outside the body?

HIV: May be several hours. Cdc laboratory studies have shown that drying HIV reduces the viral amounts by 90 to 99 percent within several hours. ...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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How long does HIV live in semen and is dried cum still infectious?

How long does HIV live in semen and is dried cum still infectious?

Varies: It depends upon physical factors like how rapidly the semen dries, the temperature, where the semen is deposited, etc. This virus seldom survives long outside of the body unless it has a cell carrier. Semen can provide that as long as it remains wet. Once it is completely dry the virus will die. ...Read more

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Can my baby get HIV by touching semen in a car seat? What if it was dry?

Can my baby get HIV by touching semen in a car seat? What if it was dry?

Relax, Don: We know from the old days when HIV wasn't treatable that family members don't infect each other without intimate contact. And dried semen won't infect anyone, nor has anybody gotten sick from "safe sex" in which semen can end up on the skin. Let's practice good housekeeping and car-keeping, especially now that you're a grown man and a Dad -- but don't worry about HIV from this. ...Read more

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How long could HIV live in semen and is dried positive semen still infectious?

How long could HIV live in semen and is dried positive semen still infectious?

Yes, but: Live when wet. Still potentially infectious when dry. If you are HIV positive and not using barrier sex, you are seriously potentially infecting your partner. If you are having sex with an HIV positive partner....I can't understand that! ...Read more

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Do I have hiv? Sucked on boyfriends neck did see any semen but it tasted salty.

Unlikely: If your boy friend does not have HIV your risk is zero. If he has HIV your risk is still very small. ...Read more

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My boyfriend for the first time had blood in his semen does this mean he has hiv? Please help me.

My boyfriend for the first time had blood in his semen does this mean he has hiv? Please help me.

The: The name for this is hematospermia. It is very very common. In 99% of these instances...Detailed by the other doctors answers...Will resolve spontaneously. And no...It in no way means he has 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


Semen (Definition)

Semen is the white, viscous substance that forms the male ejaculate. Semen contains sperm, fructose (nutrition for the sperm), and ...Read more