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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Can I become HIV positive eight years after exposure and after testing negative with home kits?

Query: Hello doctor, I am around 26 years old, and I have had multiple times of sexual intercourse with sex workers for four years. I had lost around three kilograms of weight past two years during the pandemic, and I just feared if it could be due to HIV or something, so I took the third-generation antib...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. HIV fourth generation kit is able to detect antigens as well as antibodies after six weeks of exposure. It can completely exclude HIV after three months of exposure. So, consider yourself free from HIV, as you had exposure three months back.. ...  Read Full »

Can I get infected with HIV after having an intercourse with a masseuse?

Query: Hello doctor, A week ago, I had an intercourse with a masseuse. I was wearing a condom while penetrating her, but while I was removing it after sex, I realized that there was a tear in it. I do not know her HIV status. What should I do now? Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern and would be happy to help. The chances of transmission of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) after single unprotected intercourse with an HIV-positive person are low. I suggest you go for an HIV antibodies test now a...  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 possibilit...  Read Full »

I have an itchy throat two weeks after an unprotected hand job. Could it be HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a full-body massage from a naked private escort at her home. After the massage, she rubbed her boobs on my back. Then she asked me to turn around for an unprotected handjob. She put lubricant or some oil on my uncircumcised penis and started stroking, and I ejaculated within a mi...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by massage and handjob are nil unless there are bleeding wounds in the hand. It is unlikely, as you would have noticed it. If there is penile contact with vaginal fluids, then there are possibilities of t...  Read Full »

Can HIV cause itchy scalp and swelling near the collarbone and left wrist?

Query: I had intercourse with a female sex worker. I had used the protection which broke either during or perhaps before penetration. But after I experienced continuous change in sensation, I checked and the condom was broken, at which point I withdrew from the intercourse before ejaculation. I asked the g...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV by unprotected intercourse with a HIV positive person is very low. If protected almost nil. The HIV RNA PCR is negative after 10 days exposure is almost more than 95 % accurate. The chances of HIV tests coming positive later is almost ni...  Read Full »

I had protected sex with a massage girl and have had a fever, sore throat, and body pain since then. Is it due to HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently have done sex with a massage girl in a parlor, it was the first time that I have done sex in my life. I am not married. The girl asked me to remove my clothes and she massaged me for a while. Then I kissed her in the mouth but for seconds only. Then licked her breasts and ni...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV by single-protected intercourse are almost nil if a condom is used properly. Symptoms are non-specific and can be due to any respiratory infection. Consult your doctor for examination and management. ...  Read Full »

What are the probabilities of having HIV and scabies together?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with scabies, and now I am worried my family also has it. The doctor has prescribed Permethrin cream 5%, Ketoconazole cream, Flutas 150 mg, and Levocetirizine. Are these tablets fine or should I add anything more? What should I do with the furniture and mobile phones? I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Permethrin is fine, but Fluconazole and Ketoconazole have no role in scabies. Permethrin has to be applied two times, one week apart and every member of the family should apply it at the same time. Leave the furniture and mobile as it is, as transmission rarely occurs ...  Read Full »

I am an HIV patient, and I suspect paronychia in my fingernail, which is very painful. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have an infection in my fingernail. I am HIV positive and have been taking medications. It may be paronychia and is very painful  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send details of the medications that you were taking and the prescriptions. Besides the picture you shared (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), what are the discomforting symptoms that you are having at this time? And since when you have th...  Read Full »

I wanted to have vaginal sex. Can I start taking pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV and will it be effective after sevendays?

Query: Hello doctor, I wanted to start taking pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. Will it be effective after seven days of taking it? I wanted to add an extra layer of protection. I will only be having vaginal sex. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Pre-exposure prophylaxis is an additional layer of protection to prevent the transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). It is known to be 99 % effective if taken properly. But it would be better to addi...  Read Full »

I had a sexual intercourse with a sex worker nine months ago. Which HIV test is conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor, I have got a very important issue to discuss. I need your help. I had sexual intercourse with a female sex worker nine months back. Within 24 hours of exposure, I started a PEP course based on FTC/TAF (Emtricitabine and Tenofovir alafenamide) and Darunavir Ritonavir. I confirmed by rea...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. The HIV (human immuno deficiency virus) antibodies test results are negative after more than six months of exposure. It is conclusive as there is no further risk exposure. There is no need for further HIV tests. Whethe...  Read Full »

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