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Myths About Hiv And Aids

There are a number of myths about HIV and AIDS. Some of the common myths are that HIV is a death sentence, HIV-positive people cannot safely have children, and HIV always leads to AIDS. One of the most common myths people say is if condoms are used, HIV does not spread.

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Can my reoccurring follicular abscess be caused due to engaging in oral sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old male and had sexual intercourse with protection but actively did oral sex one year before. I am onboard a ship now, and I have a follicular abscess infection. I am treated with antibiotics, and it goes away with that and comes back after 15 to 20 days. Abscess keeps ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Protected sex is very safe sex. The abscess may be due to any other reason. It is not HIV and has nothing to do with sex. Until you arrive home, I am prescribing oral antibiotics, anti-inflammatory to take with antacids, and anti-allergic medicines. 1) Tablet Augme...  Read Full »

Can I get HIV from masturbating with fingered hands?

Query: Hello doctor, I had protective sex with a girl, but I am afraid. Since that day, I have been very anxious. Now, after around two weeks, I have swollen lymph nodes. I am not sure, but it looks slightly bigger on my neck and armpit. My right armpit was always a little bigger, but it is warm, mildly pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. By your history and description, it is stress and anxiety-related symptoms. So better to get an HIV test after two weeks. Once you see the negative report, you will be alright, and no need to worry about HIV infection. I hope I have so...  Read Full »

Is there an HIV risk from body-to-body massage?

Query: Hello doctor, One week back, I had a body-to-body massage with a hand job at a massage parlor. Is there any risk of an STD? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances of transmission of HIV by a body-to-body massage are nil. Intact skin is an effective barrier to HIV. However, sexually trasmitted diseases like the herpes simplex virus can be transmitted if there are active lesions at the time of contact. Thank you.  Read Full »

My HIV antibody test is negative. Is a repetitive test needed?

Query: Hello doctor, Four months ago, I had an unsafe exposure and got tested for HIV. I got the result as non-reactive. Should I test again?  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The HIV antibody test is negative after three months of exposure. It is conclusive, provided there is no further exposure to any risk factors. Therefore, there is no need for further HIV tests.  Read Full »

Will licking my finger after fingering a masseuse increase my chances of HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, Around three days ago, I fingered a masseuse and licked my finger. She gave me a blowjob, and I ejaculated in her. Will licking my finger after the act increase my risk of HIV if she has the disease? Her status with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is unknown. What tests should I u...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV by the first described act is almost nil unless you have bleeding wounds in the oral cavity. The chances of acquiring HIV by a blowjob are also almost nil unless she has bleeding wounds in her oral cavity. You...  Read Full »

What is the window period for HIV infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have high temperature with skin rashes. I have attached the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) reports for your reference. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the attached file (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), your HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) test was done before 18 months. Therefore, I need to know the duration of the last exposure to interpret the result further. Also, give me a complete i...  Read Full »

I had oral sex four months ago and fear I have symptoms of HIV. Should I get tested?

Query: Hello doctor,I wanted to know if I need to get tested for HIV. About four months ago, I had what I thought was oral sex with a girl. I did not give her cunnilingus for long, but I cannot remember entirely. About a week after this happened, I got tested for STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and some ot...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances of transmitting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in the area of contact. You can go for an HIV antibodies test to relieve anxiety and get conclusive results. Symptoms are non-...  Read Full »

I had an exposure to HIV two years ago but I am still testing negative. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I have heard that the HIV test is negative for five to six years after exposure. So what should one do if they have had a high-risk exposure?  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. This is not true. If your HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) report is negative after five to six years of exposure, you are not infected. So, no need to worry about HIV infection now. I hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help y...  Read Full »

My CD8 cells count is high. Am I HIV positive?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my CD4 and CD8 profile ratio. I have noted my result as CD4-1350 cells/mm3 of blood (31.4%), CD8-1746 cells/mm3 of blood (40.6%) (High). The ratio is 0.77, which suggests it is low, ABS Lymphs - 4.3 lymphocytes/µL of blood (High). And all other CBC profiles are in the normal ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I understand your concern. As per the details given, CD4 (cluster of differentiation 4) counts have not decreased. CD8 (cluster of differentiation 8) and absolute lymphocytes count is elevated. This can be due to infections, medical conditions, a...  Read Full »

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