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      #94127 - 04/02/04 04:34 AM

Hello and an advance thank you to those who reply!
I have a few relatively complicated questions about the transmission of
the HIV virus. First, these "odds" that are quoted, are these concerning
the chance of seroconversion assuming that HIV has contacted your
mucous membrane...or do they relate to various factors concerning if
the virus even found it's way in your bloodstream. I guess my question
is, can HIV enter your body and you still not become infected? Next, I
am seeing a lot of high risk activities be quantified into "higher risk and
lower risk" i.e. anal intercourse is higher than vaginal, male to female
higher etc etc. While all unprotected intercourse is high risk..wouldn't
sex with a woman on her period be bascially just as risky as anal
intercourse.....I mean the focus here is on exposure to blood correct?
And if so, this 0.1-3 percent CDC quoted risk would increase by how
much? Are we talking 10, 20, or 30 % for a one time exposure? I
understand that odds and statistics mean nothing, however there is
obviously a reason why the CDC is posting these facts . Lastly, would
ARS symptoms come and go in an 8 hour period?

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      #94306 - 04/04/04 04:13 AM

In order for HIV to infect, the virus needs to attach itself to the cells of your immune system. It achieves this either through direct contact with the mucous membranes or through direct contact with the bloodstream. There has to be enough of the virus to infect you, but to quantify how much is near impossible.

Yes, blood contains the highest concentrations of the virus. But keep in mind that being exposed to infected semen, precum, and/or vaginal fluids can also pose a risk for infection. The reason insertive vaginal sex is a lower risk for a man is because the urethra is a rather small opening. The entire lining of the vagina is the mucous membrane for a woman. Insertive/receptive anal sex carries the same risk regardless of whether or not it is a man receiving or a woman.

No, 0.1% - 0.3% does not translate to 10% - 30%. It is 0.1% - 0.3%, those are the percentages.

No, ARS appears (if at all) 2-4 weeks after exposure and lasts for about 2 weeks before clearing up on their own.

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