Hiv Infection

Infection caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is called the HIV infection. HIV damages the body's immune system, so the body is not able to fight off infections. HIV can get transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk.

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Is there a chance of contracting HIV from oral sex even though I had no bleeding wounds in my mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I performed oral sex on a guy. He did not ejaculate in my mouth, and neither did I have any cuts or sores in my mouth. I got tested six days after exposure, and it was negative. I started having symptoms at the beginning of next month, so I took a home test 36 days after exposure, whi...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The chances of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission by single unprotected oral sex are almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in the oral cavity. The chances of HIV tests coming positive later with given test results is nea...  Read Full »

Can I get HIV if the semen fell on the bedsheet near my back?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 28 year old female. Yesterday, I met with a masseur for erotic massage. So, he had done the massage. After that, he had done body play with me. When he had done body play with me, then for safety purpose, I asked him to put on a condom on his penis and he did that. After a few min...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, there is no need to worry. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) virus dies within seconds of coming in contact with the air. So, it cannot be transmitted by bedsheets or any inanimate objects. Even if the drops fell on your back, there is no risk unless there were la...  Read Full »

Is the CIMA test a confirmatory test for HIV?

Query: Hello doctor,I had unprotected vaginal sex with an unknown girl for two minutes. I have taken the following tests: ECLIA third generation after 17 days of exposure, ECLIA third generation after 30 days of exposure, RNA by PCR after 31 days of exposure, TRI-DOT test after 50 days of exposure, and CMI...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A 12-week screening test for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) antibodies is considered conclusive, and a CMIA (chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay) fourth generation test at 59 days of exposure with a window period of two to three weeks is very reliable, but...  Read Full »

How long do the HIV antibodies remain in the body post exposure?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a general query. I would like to know say a person has HIV and if he does not know about it. He then acquires AIDS. So, even after having AIDS, will there be HIV antibodies in his blood? If he goes for an HIV antibody test after acquiring AIDS, will the antibody test result will ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Antibodies against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) once formed, stay forever. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is an advanced stage of HIV infection when the patient shows signs of immunodeficiency like opportunistic infections, malignancies, etc. Anti...  Read Full »

Am I prone to get HIV if I have shared cups of water and straw with an HIV person?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 23-year-old female, and I have been sharing cups of water and straw, and occasional food with a friend for a few years. The friend is no more, but I do not know if she was HIV positive. I am worried if I may have caught something from the sharing. Do I have a risk of getting HIV?...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Unless and until you have had one of the following exposure, you need not worry about HIV transmission: Blood-to-open skin contact or direct blood contact. Needle prick from the patient's used needle. Sexual contact. Blood transfusion. Contact with the blood of t...  Read Full »

I accidentally pierced my index finger with a safety pin while piercing my cousin's wound. Will I get HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in my mid-twenties. Last week I accidentally pierced my index finger with a safety pin while piercing my cousin's wound, but I did not bleed. She is eight years old, and she is HIV positive. I got one tetanus shot after the incident. Now I am worried if I have transmitted HIV from th...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. This is not the usual route of transmission. In hospitals, many such incidents have been reported, and the difference is they get PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) within two hours. The test is done within two hours. If the result is non-react...  Read Full »

Do the HIV antibodies once formed persist for life?

Query: Hello doctor, Do the HIV antibodies once formed persist for life? To be more precise, if once created, can we see HIV antibodies inside blood forever? And also, no matter how many times the exposure happens, does the blood test pick up the first infection, or does the blood test only go for the rece...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) antibodies are seen only when the patient has an HIV infection. And HIV infection is not curable. So you can say HIV antibodies are lifelong, like HIV. Blood tests detect either HIV-1, HIV-2 virus, or...  Read Full »

A masseuse rubbed my penis three months back, and now I have a pinching sensation on my penis with frequent penile erections. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a full body massage three months back, and during that, the masseuse rubbed my penis, and I had ejaculation. Later, the semen was cleaned with a towel, and I took a hot water shower. After this incident, I started having a penile erection multiple times daily. After one month, I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I think even a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody test would also be negative, as the human immunodeficiency virus polymerase chain reaction test (HIV PCR) is negative after 95 days. Thus, there is no possibil...  Read Full »

Can HIV be completely cured?

Query: Hello doctor, My son in law is HIV positive. His HIV PCR count is 46,938. He has been prescribed Tenvir. I want to know can he be ever cured? My daughter is married to him for only three months now and she is also pregnant. I would like to know if there is any medicine or ayurvedic treatment to get ...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, there is no treatment available for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and your daughter needs to get tested as she might have caught the infection by sexual intercourse. If your daughter is infected then there is a possibility that shepasses the infectionto her ...  Read Full »

Will HIV transmit through a cut injury in the finger while feeding food?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother got a cut on her finger, but there was no bleeding. After that, she washed clothes and utensils. A few hours later, she fed food with her hands to a two-year-old baby. Will the HIV transmit?  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Is your mother HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) positive? That is important first. If not, there is nothing to worry about at all. If positive, the chances of transmission of HIV by the given description are almost nil to none. Kind regard...  Read Full »

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