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Hiv Risk Factors

There are certain acts and sexual behaviors that put you at a higher risk of contracting HIV. Knowing which factors increase your risk, is important in developing a strategy to protect yourself from HIV now and in the future.

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I am not mentally stable. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have not revealed this to anyone. I am going through a lot of mental instability right now. Seven and a half months ago, I had protected intercourse with a sex worker. Then after the intercourse exactly after two months, I saw three red bumps on the head of my penis. So, referred to a p...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your HIV test results are conclusive. Could you please send me the HSV report? Do you still have genital lesions? Cough could be due to usual viral infection. Do you have any fever too?   Read Full »

I have a node on the neck after forced sex. Is it due to HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with a man who forced himself on me. Five days later, a node on the right side of my neck appeared with a sore throat. I went to the doctor, explained everything, took an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) test and it came back negative. The node is hard and gets sof...  Read Full »


Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lymphadenopathy is not related to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and probably caused by infected teeth as HIV infection takes approximately six months to one year to get lymphadenopathy. Get HIV test after 45 to 90 days with generation four dual tests or western blot ...  Read Full »

Should I retest for HIV after 6 months of exposure?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with a sex worker and after exactly 12 weeks of exposure, I did an HIV 1 and 2 antibodies and HIV 1 and 2 P24 combo test. It came negative. But, some guidelines advise repeating the test after six months. Should I consider my test conclusive or test again after six m...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. HIV antibodies are formed two to six weeks post exposure. Three months is the latest time given. If the antibodies tests are negative after three months of exposure, then it is conclusive that you are free from HIV, provided there is no further risky exposure. You ne...  Read Full »

Can I get HIV infection by a single exposure to unprotected oral sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. I had a sexual encounter with an unknown girl. I was involved in foreplay (I kissed her lips, sucked her boobs, and rubbed her genitals). She gave oral sex for half a minute without protection. I am not sure about her HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) status. I a...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus infection) by single unprotected oral sex are almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in the oral cavity. The other act is also almost nil. So if she is HIV negative, there is no chance of transmissio...  Read Full »

How can I prevent HIV after three days of sexual intercourse?

Query: Hi, I had sexual (vaginal only) intercourse three days back with a woman whom I had known for a few days. She looked like a normal regular kind of girl. So I had sex without protection. But after the sex, I doubt she has other sex partners also, and she often has sex. So now I am feeling unsafe. And...  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a combination of three drugs. You can take them once or twice a day for the next 28 days. For adults, the suggested dosage is Tenofovir Disoproxil 300 mg and Emtricitabine 200 mg (these...  Read Full »

Can I get HIV if I did fingering for a masseuse?

Query: Hi doctor, Last month I visited a spa for a body massage. I did fingering, touched, and sucked the nipples of the female massage therapist. She also had an orgasm. The foreskin of my penis came back during her handjob, and she used her mouth. I touched my exposed penis head and pulled my foreskin ba...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. From the details provided, your risk of exposure is very low or negligible. Because there was no contact with the body fluids. However, you should undergo screening tests as it was a therapist. I suggest you to take the following tests. Take fou...  Read Full »

Can protected sex with a sex worker lead to contraction of HIV virus?

Query: Hello doctor, Last year I had protected sex with a new condom with a sex worker. The intercourse lasted for ten minutes. The condom did not break after I finished. After this incident, I got worried about getting HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and did several tests. Nearly eight tests in total. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern. First of all, protected sex is safe. Secondly, your screening tests have convincingly ruled out HIV. So, you do not need to worry. Thank you.   Read Full »

Will all people acquiring HIV exhibit symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I met with an accident before a few days where I happened to have a deep cut and I got in touch with the blood of another guy. Recently, I had a pimple on my penis shaft and when I approached a dermatologist he advised that I get tested for HIV. I had a third generation test using vitros...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, risk depends upon whether that guy has HIV or not. If not then nothing to worry, but considering the second possibility, then some risk remains of transmission, but not cent percent. Now, if the test is negative after five to six weeks then it is unlikely f...  Read Full »

Can using unsterilized makeup brushes cause infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I want a professional and honest answer. I suffer from anxiety and OCD. Yesterday, I was dealing with patients post them having cosmetic injectables. There was pinpoint blood from the needle insertion points. I am thinking of the worst-case scenario and not saying this happened, but my mi...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Our main concern here is regarding the transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B, and C. Now, in the scenario you are explaining, it is less likely for any virus or infectious disease to transmit to others, but a small risk of transmission remai...  Read Full »

After unprotected sex, I have pain in my legs. Is it HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I had protected sex with a sex worker five weeks before. She gave me oral sex after wearing a condom, and then we had vaginal sex with the same condom for about 10 minutes. Muscle and joint pain in legs started after one month of action. I also got cold with this. I had flown, after which...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is nothing to worry. You are not at risk.   Read Full »

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