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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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 »

Can I get infected with HIV through the cut on the finger I have got?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a cut on my finger two days ago. I did not notice any pain. I saw the cut and blood was there, and I thought someone had tried to spread HIV by injection on purpose. Can I get HIV this way?  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can be transmitted by injection if done with intent. But it is unlikely with the given description.   Read Full »

I had protected oral sex but fear HIV infection from the women's saliva. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I want a solution for my anxiety. I had a protected blowjob, but the lady placed the condom with her mouth while my penis had a small sore. The skin is slightly burned and exposed with no blood going out. I am worried about HIV or STD exposure because saliva before placing the condom mi...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You stated that you had a history of blow jobs with a lady wearing a condom. But during the time of a blow job, saliva may enter the head of the penis. Usually, blowjob or oral sex is not likely to transmit HIV. HIV cannot ever be transmi...  Read Full »

I had protected sex, but I masturbated with the same hands by which I fingered the vagina. Could I get HIV infection?

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 »

I received a body-to-body massage and a hand job at a massage parlour. Does it pose any risk of an STD?

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 »

I had tested non-reactive for HIV antibody test four months after the exposure. Do I need to repeat the test?

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 »

I engaged in protected foreplay with a HIV-positive person. Will I contract HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a sexual encounter with a person who was HIV positive, but it was undetected. I did not penetrate them. I only used a dildo with gloves. However, I had a small cut on the tip of my finger, similar to a hangnail, and the dildo I touched might have had rectal mucus on it. Is there...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by using all precautions as described are nil. The chances of transmission with the cut described appear to be nil if it was not bleeding or an open wound.  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....  Read Full »

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 »

Someone who had a cut touched my old pimple. Can I get HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, Is there any case in our medical history in which HIV was transferred by touching a cut because there is one person whose hand touched my face, and there is an old pimple hole and scars on my face. Still, it is so old, and the person had a little cut, but it was not bleeding. I think h...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your anxiety. However, given the situation that you have described, it is not considered a risk of exposure; hence you need not fear any further. For HIV transmission, there needs to be an exchange of body fluids which is not seen in your scenario. So you...  Read Full »

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