Gonorrhea trigger for hiv-infection.
Feb 16, 2003
Hi doc.mark. Although I always have safer sex, Im always afraid of the trigger stds are for hiv-infection. There seems no clear results how many hiv-virions and infected cells the puss-discharge of gon. contains but especially during primary hiv-infections, it must be a 100 till 1000 fold, compairing a drop of blood in a primairy hiv-infected person with a drop of puss of the same person at the same time. Is this right you think? Where is more information available? How many new virions can a hiv-infected immuunecell produce and after how many time do they have maturasation? Thanks.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Most of these questions don't have answers. It is very likely that an STD infected discharge has many more HIV infected cells and therefore many more copies of infectious virus to infect a recepient of these secretions.
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