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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What happens if sweat or water drops into the blood used for HIV testing?

Query: Hi doctor, I took OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV 1/2 antibody test today at a nearby clinic after waiting the window period for exposure of more than 90 days. I was told that the result was negative. My concern may be very paranoid and unnecessary; however, I am more curious than anything. I wanted to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are not paranoid, but genius. Yes, anything in the blood may change the results, and that is why we advise sterile things. But, test results if positive never shows negative. HIV virus persists till it is in any wet medium. If blood dried, then no HIV virus persist....  Read Full »

Can dried blood transmit HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a lab worker, at the time of the incident I was standing in front of an empty centrifuge and as I held one of the tube inserts upside down to clean it, speks of dried blood fell out of it. I am not sure if any of it went into my eye and I am worried. I wanted to ask if HIV can s...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Good that you have got hepatitis vacine. In dry bood, HIV virus does not survie. Hence, any contact with dried blood will not transmit HIV. Do not worry, you are safe.  Read Full »

Are rash and lymph node swelling after oral sex signs of ARS?

Query: Hi doctor,I gave oral sex to a man, whose HIV status was unknown, six weeks ago. I have now rash under both armpits and a swollen lymph node in my neck. I am attaching pictures of the rash and the lymph node. Could this be ARS?  Read Full »


Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Oral sex has the least possibility of ARS (acute retroviral syndrome). I do not think you have ARS. Do you have dandruff or an earache or a toothache? Do you have a history of a cold or a...  Read Full »

I am having burning sensation in my scrotum after oral sex. Could it be HIV?

Query: Hello doctor,I had receptive oral sex (received fellation) with an escort girl three weeks ago. Since then, I have got urethritis three days after. I have been treated with Levofloxacin for 10 days. The urethritis got cured, but I kept getting some strange burning sensations in my scrotum and the to...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Oral sex is least related to HIV. Symptoms are very bizarre and mostly by oral sex HSV, and STI is common. The tickling sensation is different as such, may be seen in vitamin B 12 deficiency, and anxiety. Symptoms come but goes in a particular time. You can still go...  Read Full »

Can paper cuts from sharp things containing HIV blood cause HIV infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to ask whether I have got a risk of HIV infection or not from a paper cut in my hand. Where at that time, I did not realize that I got this paper cut and I do not know what activity that caused me got this paper cut. But, I assume that I got this cut by sharp things. However, I...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please note the beveled edge of paper cut do not cause HIV infection as paper soak all blood within seconds and the paper is dry. In a dry medium, no HIV stays alive, so no HIV infection. Your second question is not at all having meaning as by touch no HIV is transm...  Read Full »

My HIV tests are negative after two months of oral sex. Am I safe?

Query: Hello doctor, Two months back I met a girl and we ended up back in my room. Long story short, she performed oral on me for about 30 seconds and I performed oral on her for maybe about the same, less than a minute, no intercourse. About two weeks after my friend came down with a cold and so did my b...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you had enough sea water inside, it would have caused a sore throat. In all the tests you are found negative especially fourth generation which is very authentic and correct. So, no HIV infection is there. You have done a very good job to test the girl which is al...  Read Full »

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