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Fear Of Hiv

Fear of HIV, often known as AIDS phobia, is a kind of nosophobia in which a person feels they are infected despite having tested negative for HIV. AIDS phobia is a deep-seated issue; it has nothing to do with reports but rather with the guilt of engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior or obsessive thought.

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I had oral sex with my HIV-affected aunt last night but used a condom. Am I in a danger zone?

Query: Hello doctor,Last night I had oral sex with my HIV-affected aunt, but I was using a condom. She sucked my penis and she spitted on my leg. After that, she removed the condom with her hands touching the foreskin of my penis. Am I in a danger zone?  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. It seems from your query that you received oral sex from a woman who is HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infected. This sexual act of receiving oral sex carries a negligible risk, as there is no exchange of body fluids....  Read Full »

I had an unprotected vaginal sex. Will PEP be effective?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected vaginal sex. How effective is PEP when initiated 22 hours after one-time unprotected vaginal intercourse? Is an RNA test affected by PEP? Is it considered effective during treatment? Also, I am experiencing a sore throat and fatigue, causing concern. Please help. Tha...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis and is over 90 percent effective when used correctly for 28 days with no additional exposure. While a negative HIV RNA (human immunodeficiency virus ribonucleic acid test) pr...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex, but my HIV tests were negative. Help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had an (Insertive) UAI (Unprotected Anal Intercourse) with an HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus)-positive person. I was put on PEP (Post - exposure Prophylaxis) at 82 hours. Adhered to PEP, after four months of exposure, I did my fourth-generation HIV duo combo, which came back negative....  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your test had been done in an accredited laboratory and there is no further exposure, your test report will be considered conclusive, but if there is any other exposure also, get tested for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and other STIs (sexually transmitted disea...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex after which I feel weak, have headaches, and sensations in my palms and feet despite having negative HIV test results. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,I had unprotected sex and have been feeling weak, with slight headaches and sensations in my palms and feet. My HIV test results are all negative. My question is, if the HIV tests are truly conclusive, then why am I still having all these symptoms? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The risk of HIV acquisition after unprotected vaginal sex is 4/10,000 exposure. So, not all encounters will end up with HIV. It is good that your test at 30 days post-exposure is negative. The majority (95 %) of the people who are infected with HIV develop HIV antibodi...  Read Full »

I wanted further details on the risk associated with consuming milk contaminated with vaginal fluid and possible HIV risk. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, What will happen if milk contaminated with vaginal fluid is consumed? Can you contract HIV by drinking it? Does milk pasteurization kill HIV? Will the HIV die after mixing with milk? Are there any risks? Please answer all the questions. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. Please let me know the circumstances under which this hypothetical situation arose. Sorry, I lack any scientific data addressing your query about consuming vaginal fluid-contaminated milk. Yes, HIV (human imm...  Read Full »

My wife is HIV positive. How is it possible for me to be negative after six years of unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife has recently told me that she has HIV for the past 15 years. So I went to the clinic to get tested and the result was negative. My question is how is it possible that I test negative after six years of unprotected sex? Is this test 100 % accurate or should I go for a different t...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Besides unprotected sexual intercourse, HIV transmission depends on various factors which include the type of sexual intercourse whether anal, vaginal, or oral sex, HIV load of the person, whether taking antiretrovirals or not, adherence to drugs, whether having an adv...  Read Full »

I had a needle prick injury in my toe. Can I get HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a needle prick injury in my toe. The status of the patient with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) was unknown. This happened eight weeks ago, but now I am experiencing mouth ulcers and inflamed sub mandibular lymph nodes. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. HIV (humman immunodeficiency virus) can be transmitted through needle prick injury from an infected syringe. Since the post-exposure prophylaxis timings have already elapsed, now you can only go for testing as per the recommendations. The s...  Read Full »

I have a dry cough post sex. I am concerned about HIV infection.

Query: Hello doctor,I had sexual intercourse with a sex worker 23 weeks ago. And it was protected and was my first time, and it did not last more than 10 minutes. After a few days, I fell sick for a day or two, and it was gone. But then my friend told me condoms are not 100 ℅ protective. So that scared m...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, your symptoms could be due to various reasons and not necessarily represent HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. Your HIV test results are conclusive. Chronic smoking can be the cause of cough. You do not require more tests for HIV if there has been ...  Read Full »

I am experiencing symptoms of HIV after protected sex. When should I get tested?

Query: Hi doctor, I had protected sex with a commercial sex worker for about an hour a couple of days ago and I started to feel ill from the day after we had sex. She gave me oral, and I also gave her oral for about 15 minutes. My symptoms are sore throat, coughing, sneezing (not today), fever (higher duri...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. The answers to your queries are: 1) There are no diagnostic symptoms or signs of the human immune virus (HIV). The symptoms which you have mentioned could have multiple reasons and cannot be representative of HIV or hepatit...  Read Full »

My condom broke during sexual activity and I feel weak and have body pain. But my HIV test results are negative. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I had sex with an 18-year-old commercial sex worker and my condom broke. Since that day, I am worried about my health. After 12 days, I got small red dots on my fingertips and got tonsillitis, a cold, fever, and body pain. I tested after 22 days and the results were negative. I was asked t...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I warmly welcome you to the expert medical opinion platform. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) kits are available these days for testing. These are highly sensitive and specific and give accurate results. Your HIV rapid test performed on day 22 and then on day 95 i...  Read Full »

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