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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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Screened for HIV after eight weeks of exposure. Is it reliable?

Query: Hi doctor, I did an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) rapid screening after eight weeks of exposure, and the results came negative. I do not have any other symptoms of HIV. Is this result reliable? Do I need to do other tests?  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The tests available for HIV diagnosis are highly sensitive and specific and gives accurate results. Majority of the people who are infected with HIV develop HIV antibodies by two to eight weeks. Approximately, up to 5 % develop seroconversion by 12 weeks. Your HIV negativ...  Read Full »

Could having protected sex prevent me from getting HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I had protected sex with a sex worker and according to my knowledge condom did not break and slip. Can I contract HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)? I took HIV combo test CMIA (Chemiluminescent Microparticle Immuno Assay) method at 28th-day and the result came negative. Again on the 35th...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Following are the answers to your query: Condoms are an excellent way to protect not only from HIV but also from other sexually transmitted infections (STI) and if you have used the condom correctly and it did not slip off or break, it is unlikely you contract HIV if your...  Read Full »

What are the tests and precautions to be taken for HIV after unprotected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday night I had sex with some unknown person. While doing sex my condom got torn and I had removed my penis at the same time and I had lip lock kiss too. I am scared of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), could you please guide me what all the precautions I have to take and what all...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As I can see that the episode is recent in time, I would suggest you use post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) as early as possible within 72 hours of exposure. The chances of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) transmission are related to the status of your partner and viral lo...  Read Full »

Do the symptoms like fever, cough, and sore throat indicate HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my office colleague 15 days back and he looks healthy and happy, but within two weeks of that incident, I got cold, fever 99.8 Fahrenheit, sore throat, toothache, and severe cough like never before. I am very scared. I got my period four days after sex. I am worried abou...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the condom was intact, then there is nothing to worry. Nevertheless, you can go for HIV testing at four weeks.  Read Full »

Can Doxy and Flavospas cause fat loss from the body?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sexual exposure around four months ago, and after that, I found a swelling in my right scrotum (after scanning found benign) consulted a urologist and told him about my exposure, and he prescribed Azhithral injections, but I was unable to take as it became allergic i...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I need to know some more information such as how much weight have you lost in the last four to six months, the presence of any other symptoms like fever, diarrhea, joints pain, recurrent oral or genital ulcer. Was there any ulcer over the scrotum during the swelling?...  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 minu...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

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 »

I was wounded while inserting a needle by a nurse who had an open wound on his hand. What is the risk of me getting HIV or hepatitis C?

Query: Hello doctor, I am contacting you regarding the current horrible experience with the healthcare system. The nurse who stabbed me in the vein around seven times with a needle had an open wound on her hand and no gloves. Even when he took out the needle and applied the band-aid, he had no gloves. Wors...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Although the chances of acquiring HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) through such exposure are extremely low, definitely there is a risk. If you can revisit him, then you can ask for his testing in order to relieve your anxiety which is going to persist for weeks. T...  Read Full »

I drew the blood of an undetected HIV-positive patient and am scared of having contracted the virus. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Two months back, I was drawing an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)-positive patient's blood (it said in her chart she was undetectable) with a butterfly needle. I retracted the needle when finished. I cleaned up, and as I was leaving the room, I noticed my index finger was hurting, b...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. As per the description, I feel there was no prick during the process. However, the pressure of holding it during the process might have initiated some pain. Moreover, the chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodefici...  Read Full »

Can infection be contracted from unsterilized makeup brushes?

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 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 »

A girl bit me on my shoulder which caused bleeding. Will I get HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I get HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) from a bite? I am an engaged guy and have never cheated on my woman. But three days back I went out with a friend who was with his girlfriend. Her friend also came along with us. We went to have a drink and the other girl who came with us go...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

Answer: Hello, I appreciate that you have chosen for your medical needs. I am here to give you the best care possible. Yes, theoretically HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can be secreted in saliva. If the bite is deep and bloody, you can acquire HIV by this route. But in your case, the virus g...  Read Full »

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