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Can HIV Be Transmitted Through Skin Cells

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Anal Cancer, HIV and Gay/Bisexual Men

...the new DNA test, called Cervista HPV 16/18, is not available in doctors' offices, but should start arriving within the next few months. In MSM, a clear relationship has not yet been determined between a high DNA HPV load and the cell changes that lead to anal cancer, but if confirmed, this test will become more widely used in the future. Then, only those with dangerous strains of HPV would require regular follow up screening with an anal pap...
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Herpes and HIV Transmission Revisited

Dear Dr. Bob: I sent a version of this following query to you a couple weeks ago, but no reply from you. I realize you are extremely busy so I will try again. I was the one that posted the query over a year ago about the new research which seemed to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...current study made several important findings about the nature of these immune cells. First, they found that CD4+ T cells -- the cells that HIV primarily infects -- populate tissue at the sites of healed genital HSV-2 lesions at concentrations 2... Read more »

Will HIV transmit trough water or animals?

hello doc.im now currently working in a fish spa where fishes are used to nibble away all your dead skin cells.my question is, will anyone be infected with HIV through the water used during the treatment if there is another person with HIV sharing...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,A fish spa where fish are used to nibble away all your dead skin cells???? You mean people actually climb into vats of trained piranhas?? OUCHAMAGOUCHA! HIV would not be a concern in this situation. Read more »

HIV can even penetrate healthy genital tissues? This article says so..

Hi Dr Bob,Hope you are doing well. I found this article in the newspaper today. Chicago: Instead of infiltrating breaks in the skin, HIV appears to attack normal, healthy genital tissue, US researchers said in a study that offers new insight into...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,This is new and very preliminary information. Stay tuned to The Body. We'll keep you informed as this story evolves or dissolves!Dr. Bob Read more »

Skin Cells

Dear Doctor:Do skin cells contain HIV? iF you scratched yourself with an instrument minus any blood, and then another stuck themselves with the same instrument, could you infect that person from your skin cells alone? I ask because of langerhans and...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...There are indeed cells in the skin that contain HIV. Your hypothetical question is contingent on whether those infected cells were present in the inoculum. Read more »
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Women and HIV/AIDS

...HIV in the blood) compared to men who are newlydiagnosed Women generally have a faster disease progression, and lower CD4 cell counts, than men with equivalent viral loads Women are more likely than men to develop bacterial pneumonia ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

What Is AIDS?

...during this time, HIV is damaging your immune system. One way to measure the damage to your immune system is to count your CD4+ cells. These cells, also called "T-helper" cells, are an important part of the immune system. Healthy people have... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Health Checklist

...is not keeping your viral load below 1,000. Complete Blood Count (CBC, see fact sheet 121 ): This test measures red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets (cells that help clot your blood if you get a cut. It is the most common blood... Read more »
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The Role of STD Detection and Treatment in HIV Prevention

...from genital ulcers or non-ulcerative STDs (e.g., chlamydia , gonorrhea , and trichomoniasis ) increase the concentration of cells in genital secretions that can serve as targets for HIV (e.g., CD4+ cells). Increased infectiousness. STDs... Read more »
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Penis Glans and the risk of contracting HIV

Posted by dopey33, 3 Replies
...penis. I immediately washed my penis with warm water and dry it up. I am concern because online it talks about how you can get HIV if any contaminated fluids goes as far as touching the glans. Please confirm if this is true or not. I have no... Read more »

I dropped my cell in the....

Posted by Cae, 2 Replies
...imagine other things in the water >< I dont think I had any cuts on my hand, if anything a very small amount of peeled skin around a finger nail. I stared at that too, and it seemed to have a small scab about 1/20th of a mm >< yes... Read more »

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

Posted by MOCHA
...Langerhans cells from 13 human donors, may explain why. When HIV comes in contact with genital mucosa, its ultimate target -- the cells it seeks to hijack and destroy -- are immune system T-cells. But T-cells are relatively far away (in lymph... Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
...What is compromised/ supressed immune system. Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection. Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system. Do such... Read more »