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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I kissed and did foreplay with many girls but did not have any intercourse. Is it possible to get any STD or HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an interaction with a few girls in a private room setting. I engaged in deep mouth kissing, mutual sucking of breasts, and foreplay. I briefly massaged their private area over her dress and not directly. I also ate french fries from their mouth. I trust this may not be a concern for...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi Welcome to The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by the given descriptions appear to be very low . Hope there is no direct contact with infected secretions or blood. Some STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) like herpes simplex virus can be transmitted ...  Read Full »

I had diarrhea, dry cough, sore throat, and fever after unprotected oral sex, and tested negative for HIV. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected oral sex with a guy, but he did not ejaculate. He penetrated me unprotected for about two minutes and then had put on a condom. After we were done, he removed the condom, cleaned himself, and penetrated again for about two minutes. I stopped him because he did not wea...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The test for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a fourth-generation dual test, a combined antigen and antibody test. The window period is the time during which the body responds to viruses and starts producing antibodies for defense, but de...  Read Full »

Does acne growth under my chin and above my neck related to HIV?

Query: Hi doctor,Recently, I have had some acne under my chin and the upper part of my neck. What does this symptom show? I wonder can it has any relation with stopping masturbation which I have done in about three weeks. Also, I had unprotected sex with someone 10 days ago and I am scared of the HIV sign.  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The erythematous papular eruptions you have on your facial area seem to be acne or folliculitis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is a superficial skin infection, commonly bacterial, and is extremely common irrespective of HIV status. It has no asso...  Read Full »

Are homosexuals more prone to get peritonitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a homosexual and this is my second time of having anal sex. It has been three weeks my partner had ejaculated inside of me, and then only I heard about peritonitis. I was wondering whether I was exposed to it or will it harm me? I heard that it may lead to death and if so, how lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, precautions first - While there is absolutely nothing wrong medically in your sexual orientation, irrespective of the legal status in your state, it is definitely not advisable to have unprotected intercourse with anyone. Even the use of condoms only ensures 95...  Read Full »

I am 19 weeks pregnant and HIV positive. Will I be able to breastfeed my baby?

Query: Hi,I was recently diagnosed with HIV positive, and I am 19 weeks pregnant. My concern is whether it will be safe for me to breastfeed my baby? And what happens if I do not have enough breast milk to make my baby full? If I can not exclusively breastfeed my baby, do I have to top up with formula milk...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I am sorry to hear about your situation. You are under medication, and your baby can get medicine from you. So, I have the following suggestions for you- 1. After baby delivery, you can take Nevirapine (NVP) drops imme...  Read Full »

What kind of muscle pain is associated with ARS?

Query: Hi, I am a 31 year old male. About 38 days before I had sex with a CSW (Commercial Social Worker). It was protected vaginal sex and protected oral sex. Also there were deep throat kisses which lasted almost a minute. I am not sure if the condom was torn during the intercourse.  Since last 3 weeks ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based upon your history, my answer to your questions: 1. Are My Symptoms Related to ARS? Acute Retroviral Syndrome (ARS) typically begins 7-14 days after the exposure to a HIV positive patient, and may last for up to 3-4 months. The symptoms are typically "flu-like" w...  Read Full »

I am a HIV negative man married to a HIV positive woman. We would like to have a child.

Query: Hi, I am a 26 year old HIV negative man married to a HIV positive woman. We would like to have a child. I want to know if there is any medication that can prevent the child from being infected. Is there any risk of me also getting infected?  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes there are very good chances of you getting infected with your wife during sexual intercourse.So you should take proper precaution before sexual intercourse.Yes. Chances of a baby getting infected with HIV from a HIV positive mother are very high.You should consult a ...  Read Full »

I am worried about HIV or other STDs after unprotected sex. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33 year old male, who had unprotected sex yesterday. I was drunk, but now, I am worried about HIV or any STDs for that matter. I do not have medical access for the next three months, as I am on a ship. If I express my apprehensions, it may cost me my job. I do have Lamivudine and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We do not know the HIV status (human immunodeficiency virus) of the person with whom you had sex and also your baseline HIV status, the other thing you mentioned that you do not have medical access for next three months. Considering the availability of only Lamivudin...  Read Full »

Can genital warts appear above the pubic area?

Query: Hi doctor, Do genital warts appear above the pubic area? I have attached the picture for your reference.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Genital warts over the pubic area is a common presentation of the advent and use of condoms. As condoms provide protection to the genitalia, the incidence is lower in such sites. However, the skin over the pubic area remains unprotected and can come in contact with the ...  Read Full »

Will low neutrophil count be the cause for low-grade fever and joint pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old female. I have done my blood work and the neutrophil count is very low 0.6 from normal in a matter of weeks and I do not understand why. Other symptoms, I am having are low-grade fever, joint pain (knees, hips, and shoulders), extreme fatigue, and spasms in my leg. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your concerns are valid. The symptoms could be due to a condition called neutropenia (low neutrophil counts). It is generally seen in conditions like infections viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections. Examples include HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), tuberculosis...  Read Full »

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