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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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Can HIV spread through touching your penis after fingering a lady?

Query: Hi doctor, I had been to a massage parlor. I fingered the lady, touched my penis with the same hand, she too touched my penis (I did not cum). Also, I sucked her breasts. Am I at risk of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)?  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is very unlikely from your description.   Read Full »

Can HIV symptoms occur after six months of possible exposure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31 year old male, and my query is regarding possible HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) exposure. Four months back, I had a sexual encounter with two female partners. I had insertive vaginal sex and received oral sex. Intercourse had lasted for about five minutes twice with each...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answers to your queries are as follows: The risk of contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) during protected insertion vaginal sex, as you have described, is non-existent. Receiving oral sex carries negligible to low risk of HIV acquisition, especially, if the...  Read Full »

Why do I get sores on genitals during every HSV-1 outbreak?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with (herpes simplex virus) HSV-1, but all other tests like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), HBsAg, hepatitis C virus (HCV), venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL), and treponema pallidum hemagglutination (TPHA) are normal. I got infected with HSV through oral sex....  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Repeated outbreak of HSV (herpes simplex virus) are common, but repeated outbreaks are usually shorter and less severe. Although the organism stays in the body for the rest of your life, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years. At the time of ...  Read Full »

What are the chances of getting HIV through vaginal sex?

Query: Hello doctor, A guy penetrates my vagina without protection and I do not know his status. It was for approximately for 10 seconds. What are the chances of contracting HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and should I get a PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis)?  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You had a low risk for HIV acquisition. Studies have shown that risk of HIV acquisition through receptive vaginal sex (receiving the penis in vagina) to be 0.08 % (one per 1250 exposures). Post-exposure prophylaxis needs to be started as early as possible within 72 hour...  Read Full »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Can an HIV test turn from negative to positive?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a 13-day HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, a 28-day antibody test, and a fifth-week HIV fourth-generation duo test. All the tests came back negative. What are my chances of still encountering an HIV-positive test?  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Unprotected vaginal intercourse carries a risk of 4 in 10,000 exposures. Approximately 95 % of the people who are infected with HIV develop HIV antibodies by four to six weeks of exposure, and almost all who are infected with HIV develop HIV ...  Read Full »

Does positive HSV 1 and 2 after unprotected sex with CSW indicate HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old male, and I had sex with a CSW (Community Sex Worker), who was 32 years old. I had unprotected sex with her once last year, and I had protected sex with her five months back. I was diagnosed with herpes zoster four months back. After this, I have done p24 antigen, tr...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your query is regarding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) status, it is negative so far. There are recommendations, and I also suggest getting the HIV test repeated at six months of last unprotected exposure. If that will be negative, you need not repeat the test agai...  Read Full »

What are the chances of HIV after unprotected anal sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an unprotected anal sex for a small duration with a guy before two days. Now, I am worried about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and other STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) infections. So I would like to know about the chances that how could I have gotten HIV infection from him...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unprotected anal sex carries a high risk of acquisition of HIV. You are still in the window period, where the post-exposure prophylaxis can be given as it can be initiated within 72 hours of last exposure. HIV test can be done now. This will help you to know about your p...  Read Full »

Can unprotected oral sex cause a risk of having HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I spent three nights with a girl I met online a week ago. There was no intercourse, but we had unprotected oral sex, mutual masturbation, and kissing. I later found out that she has had a pretty crazy sexual history (unprotected anal sex and vaginal sex). Am I at risk of HIV (Human Immuno...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unprotected oral sex carries negligible to low risk for HIV acquisition especially if there are fresh cuts or sores or lesions or bleeding gums. Mutual masturbation and kissing are quite safe. Rubbing vagina without entry, I do not think will cause any harm. Overall, I ...  Read Full »

Does a purple blotch on my nose indicate Kaposi's sarcoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I had protected sex with a sex worker last year. After sex, I forgot to clean my scrotum and did not realize until 30 minutes later. I had a negative OraQuick at six months and a negative rapid blood test at 10 months, but I read that false negatives can happen. I do not remember havin...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The test kits used these days to diagnose HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are highly sensitive and specific and gives accurate results. Your negative HIV test results (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) at six and then at ten months of exposure a...  Read Full »

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