HIV or human immunodeficiency virus is a virus that is sexually transmitted and affects the body's ability to fight infections. It is a lifelong condition that progresses to a more severe form known as AIDS in the long run.

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Can I become HIV positive from unprotected oral sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am around 32 years old and had sex on the 13th of the last month with an unknown girl; even though she is not a sex worker, she had multiple partners. I was involved in foreplay; I kissed her lips, sucked her breasts, and rubbed her genitals. She gave me oral sex for around half a mi...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest a fourth-generation HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) rapid test at least four weeks after the unprotected exposure. If the result is negative, a confirmatory HIV rapid antibody test must be taken after three months of last exposure...  Read Full »

Could I get infected by HIV by having sex with a CSW?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male, and a couple of months ago, I had availed an escort service. Ever since, I have been worrying all the time about possible HIV infection. I feel little embarrassed writing about all this. Please excuse if you find any content of my note below unwarranted. I will tr...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The answers to your queries are: An estimated 40 to 90 % of patients with acute HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection will experience acute retroviral syndrome, which includes fever, lymphadenopathy, pharyngitis, skin rash, myalgia, arthralgia, etc. These sympt...  Read Full »

I started PEP within 48 hours and finished the course. Will the medicine affect my HIV test results?

Query: Hi doctor,I had unprotected oral sex with a female therapist four months ago. Only my penis was involved in the act for two minutes. I consulted a doctor after two days, and he started me on PEP. I have been prescribed a tablet Tavin EM for 30 days. I started taking the tablet within 48 hours and ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances of transmitting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by single unprotected oral sex with an HIV-positive person would be almost nill unless there were bleeding wounds in the oral cavity. HIV PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is negative repeatedly. P...  Read Full »

Is it possible to get a bloodborne disease through cut wounds made by broken glass pieces?

Query: Hello doctor, I was in a nightclub the other day, and so many people dropped their glasses on the floor unfourtanetly, so there were so many shattered pieces of glass on the floor. When I came home, I realized I had one or two little grazes or minor cuts, which are no deeper than 0.5 cm. But I am...  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your query. The chances of acquiring blood-borne infection this way are very low. If the sharp glass particle came in contact with the infected person's blood a few minutes back and has caused a wound on you, then there are chances of spread of blood...  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 is...  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 to...  Read Full »

I fingered a masseuse. Am I at risk of sexually transmitted infections?

Query: Hi doctor, I had been to a spa for a body massage a week back. I was fingering the female massage therapist during the massage, and she also cummed on my fingers. I am unsure if I touched my penis with the cum, and there were no cuts on my fingers. However, I am worried about getting infected by HIV...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The chances of transmitting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by massage or fingering are zero unless there are bleeding wounds on the hand. If there are no bleeding wounds, the odds are nil. Skin-to-skin contact or kissing can transmit ...  Read Full »

Can I get HIV if the tip of my penis touched a black substance on the toilet seat?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the risk of transmission of HIV if an uncircumcised penis touched the toilet seat, which had some brown dried substance on it? I have no history of other STDs.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances of transmission of HIV by the given description are nil.   Read Full »

Does an increased WBC count after sexual intercourse suggest HIV infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male. I had an exposure with an unknown girl 43 days ago and the condom tore when my penis was still inside her vagina. The next morning, I saw a red mark on the tip of my penis. It disappeared in three days. I do not know the HIV status of the girl. I had done HIV 1...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern. At one month, this test is 95 % sensitive. So, it is fairly accurate at this stage. However, since a condom break amounts to unprotected sex (high-risk exposure), ideally you should follow it up by a retest at 12 weeks for an HIV antibody whi...  Read Full »

Is there a chance being HIV positive even though I tested negative one month after the intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, At around 32 and 37 days after having intercourse, I did the TRI-DOT rapid HIV test, and both showed negative. During the intercourse, no bodily fluids were exchanged. I just ejaculated outside the vagina, and insertion was not there. We were not involved in oral sex too. Should I repe...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) tests give a conclusive result after six weeks of exposure. Your HIV report came negative, and you did not have any high-risk sexual exposure. So, your chance of acquiring HIV is s...  Read Full »

Is it possible for me to get HIV after having sex once with my infected boyfriend three months back?

Query: Hello doctor, I had vaginal sex with my ex-boyfriend, and he ejaculated six months back three times (only once we had sex). But then we broke up three months before, and I found out he is HIV positive and does not take his medication regularly. However, he did not reveal this to me even now, and I g...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The chances of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by single unprotected intercourse with a HIV positive person is low. Multiple times increases the risk. It is late for prevention now. You can go for HIV antibodies test now to be relieved of anxiety tota...  Read Full »

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