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Disease Transmission

The process of passing infection-causing pathogens from an infected person to others is called disease transmission. The modes of transmission are nasal or oral droplet contact, direct physical contact, airborne, sharing clothes and utensils, and fecal-oral transmission.

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I am a 25-year-old female, worried about getting infected with HIV as I gave an oral to an escort for 30 seconds and he had sore-looking spots on his chest and face. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female, 170 centimeters tall, and weighs 170 pounds. I gave an oral to an escort three months ago, only for 30 seconds though but it was deep throat. I stopped as I noticed he had sore-looking spots all over his chest, he even had them on his face. I am worried abou...  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Transmission of HIV is possible through oral sex if there are any small lacerations or break in oral mucosa. All your worries will be answered if you get an HIV ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay) test now. If it i...  Read Full »

I am worried about getting infected by HIV as I happened to suck a female genital organ and I have a cavity. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I happened to suck a female genital organ and I have a cavity, are there any chances of getting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Yes, if the female has HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), then the chances are high of you getting infected by it. You should get the female tested for AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency virus) to be sure. I hope I have ans...  Read Full »

How can I protect myself from the bubonic plague?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old male. I have been hearing about the spread of the bubonic plague, and it has left me feeling worried. I would like to know what preventive measures can be taken to avoid contracting the disease. Are there any vaccines or preventive medicines available? Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I can understand your concern. Many cases of bubonic plague have been reported in my area in the past few years. Plague transmission generally occurs from infected fleas carried by rodent vectors or, rarely, through contaminated cl...  Read Full »

I touched dried blood on a surface. Will I get Hepatitis C?

Query: Hello doctor,Can hepatitis C be transferred if the blood is in a dried state? For example, it dried on a surface and you touch it with another dry object or with dry hands. I understand if you wet the dry blood to clean it up it can transfer but I am talking in a strictly dry state. I was told it is...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, once it has dried, virus is not transmitted and cannot spread the disease when it comes in contact with intact skin. Also, with drying, virus gets inactivated. Even in wet state, just contact of blood with intact skin (not mucosa), unlikely to transmit the virus ...  Read Full »

Does a contaminated wax used in parlor spreads HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to a parlor for upper lip and chin waxing. I am scared if the wax was contaminated by a person before me and if he or she bled and had an infection like HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus). The person double dipped, and I do not know that on how many people the wax was used? And w...  Read Full »


Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right. You have every reason to think and fear about the procedure. But the fact is, HIV cannot survive in the outside environment and cannot transmitted in this way. But what you have to fear for is HBV (hepatitis B virus) because HBV can live and infect for...  Read Full »

My HBsAg is positive. Will I transmit hepatitis B to my partner?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, and I want to ask few questions regarding my condition. I am a dental student. When I was in the ninth standard, I was diagnosed with hepatitis B. The doctor performed many tests, like PCR (negative), HBsAg (positive), HBeAg (negative), and ALT (normal). I have he...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, vertical transmission and sexual transmission of hepatitis B virus are possible. Vertical transmission usually occurs due to close contact of father's body fluids with a newborn child. So, avoiding close contacts will help. In precautions, vaccination for the sp...  Read Full »

Eventhough I did not penetrate, is there a risk for HIV?

Query: Hi doctor,I recently had a contact with a sex worker. I am sure that there was no penetration at all, but I am worried since I was not wearing a condom. Is there any risk for HIV? Do her secretions contain virus? I am very scared. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhi Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, if there is contact of her secretion with your glans, then you are at risk. Can you tell me the exact date on which exposure happens in order to tell you the right test? Revert back with the answer to the above question to a sexologist online --> https://www.icli...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with hepatitis B infection. Will I be cured?

Query: Hello doctor, Is hepatitis B transmitted by saliva? Hepatitis B virus is just detected in my body. My viral load is 1.5 * 10^5 count/mL. Is it possible for me to get totally cure for this disease? If it is possible how much time will it take to get totally cured?  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hepatitis B can be transmitted by sharing needles, the blood of infected persons, unprotected sexual activity, and saliva. Acute infection is not usually treated as body overcomes the virus but chronic infection may require treatment with the combination of medicatio...  Read Full »

Can I get a bloodborne infection through the small hangnail wound caused while playing air hockey?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday I was playing air hockey with a friend, and my friend hit the puck pretty hard, and the puck came onto my finger, which had a hangnail on it. I do not know if the puck caused the hangnail, but it came pretty hard. It is approximately 1 mm, red, and not bleeding. My question ...  Read Full »


Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and query. Blood-borne viruses do not survive outside the human body for more than a few minutes. So do not worry about the transmission of the blood-borne pathogen this way. If any visible wound is present, I suggest you have a tetanus toxo...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of getting HIV infection from using a blood-stained towel of my neighbor?

Query: Hello doctor, I was drying my hands with a towel in a neighbor's house, and I noticed some bloodstains on the towel. My neighbor had a razor wound from shaving his face. I did not have any wounds in my hands, and also I rewashed my hands for approximately 5 to 10 seconds with soap after touchin...  Read Full »


Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. There is no need to worry if you do not have any open fresh wounds on your skin. Most blood-borne viruses like HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are enveloped viruses that are rapidly destroyed by soap. Also, t...  Read Full »

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