|What really means this phrase?
Feb 13, 2012
Dr Wohl werever i read on the internet about hiv infection i came upon this standard phrase <<sufficient quantity of body fluid>> what really is a sufficient quantity, let's say of some vagunal fluid. Could we talk about exactly milelitres?
| Response from Dr. Wohl
In real estate it is all about location, location, location. With infectious diseases, it is inoculum, inoculum, inoculum (okay, and some other factors such as host susceptibility and infectiousness of the organism).
No one can quantify how much vaginal fluid will lead to infection. It is not the fluid but the amount of virus in it and where it goes.
Men can get HIV from women, let's be clear. The virus during unprotected sex may enter the urethra or get trapped beneath the foreskin (where things may be a bit more wet and wild than many men care to admit). The higher the viral load in the young lady's secretions, the higher the risk of infection. Overall, the risk of a single encounter is relatively low but such factors make such uncommon events a bit less uncommon.
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