|Follow Up : Sahved Skin with cuts
Oct 30, 2008
Dear Dr. Frascino ! I will thank you again for your fast reply. If i'd understand you and could intereprete your answer correctly, such transmission don't occur in praxis ? It is theoretical low risk(?).. Ok, but only one adittional question: should i avoid shaving if i know i'm going to visit a professional sexworker (what would you do / change)?
Thank you so much.
P.S. :I've heard even in Vienna about your work and hiv research. And i also heard theer are excellent methods against hiv underway. I wish you and all good scientsit of teh world also in future successful work. I think you will get it (vaccinations of which i've heard, stemm cell therapy excelelnt medications).
Shaved Skin and Risk Oct 27, 2008
Dear Doctor Bob!
I wonted to ask you, if fresh cuts from shaving increase the risk of virus transmission.
I shaved my intime region an had 2 small cuts. About 1 hour aftre this i wisited a female sex worker. I had protected oral intercourse. Doc, this cuts was not active bleeding , but when i arrived home, i washed this cut and there was blood traces on my towel. Is it potential risk . I know you receive a lot of stupid, silly questions, but i do not know if this invcrease the risk of transmission.
THANK YOU, an as promised, i will form time to time come to your site and donate regulary.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Theoretically, if your skin is not intact, there is an increased risk for HIV transmission if the area came into contact with infectious bodily fluids. Practically speaking, if these shaving-related cuts were not actively bleeding, it's doubtful there was a significantly increased risk for acquiring the virus. Even if the cuts were still fresh and open, your HIV risk would still be negligible, as your only activity was oral sex. Saliva cannot transmit HIV, unless it contains visible blood.
As always, if my reassurance is not enough for you to shake your worries, you can get a single HIV-antibody test at the three-month mark. The results will undoubtedly be negative.
Thank you for your donations to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). They are warmly appreciated.
Stay safe. Stay well.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Your understanding is correct. Your HIV risk is extremely minimal. As for your "manscaping" (shaving), I would suggest you do this a day or two before your walks on the wild side in the future.
I'm delighted folks are reading the forum in Vienna. I plan to visit that wonderful city again in the not-to-distant future.
Be well. Stay well.
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