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Can Small Amount Of Vaginal Fluid Transmit Hiv

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...person living with HIV. It is important to understand however, that finding a small amount of HIV in a body fluid or tissue does not mean that HIV is transmitted by that body fluid or tissue. Only specific fluids (blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk) from an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV. These specific fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the blood-stream...
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Vaginal Secretions

Hi Rick, I heard that if you expose to small amount of vaginal secretions, itcan't cause HIV infection. Is it true? Thanks!
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Hi. Thank you for your question. We do not know the minimum quantity of any body fluid (vaginal secretions, blood, semen, etc.) that is required for HIV infection to occur. All anybody can say is that the more infectious body fluids Read more »

Lesbians, Vaginal Secretions and HIV Risk

Greetings Dr. Bob,I have yet to come across a post made by a lesbian to this board, so here's my contribution. On December 27, 2002, I had contact with a woman (ok, a stripper!) of unknown HIV status. While I did use my finger to explore her...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...some interest; although, the answer is really rather straightforward. Your risk of HIV transmission from the finger play, and a vaginal fluid coated nipple nosh, is essentially nonexistent. Even a "closet hypochondriac" can't contract HIV this... Read more »

vaginal fluid

Thanks in advance for taking your time anwering my question:I had smear of someones vaginal fluid on my right hand. I cleaned it with a tissue so it's almost dried off. And a minute and 1/2 later I washed my hands with water. Later I was concerned...
Susan Little, M.D.

Response from Susan Little, M.D.

University of California San Diego
...The risk of HIV infection after exposure of non-intact skin to vaginal secretions is VERY small. In general, unless your skin was open AND bleeding, I would consider the risk to be so close to zero that I Read more »

vaginal secretions on sore risk

Hello Ryan. Please answer me, I am very anxious.I had protected sex with young thai prostitute, but after sex i discovered i had 2 fresh sores (no cuts) on my skin (on the back and chest) without upper epidermis, looking red, feeling a little...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...for there to be a risk for HIV infection, the following needs to occur: 1) Direct contact with bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal secretions) 2) The fluids contain HIV 3) Fluids have access to mucous membranes or bloodstream. This is known to... Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

...HIV can be transmitted from an infected person to another through: Blood (including menstrual blood) Semen Vaginal secretions Breast milk Blood contains the highest concentration of the virus, followed closely by semen,... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...HIV-positive (carrying the virus that causes AIDS). You can infect others who come into contact with your blood, semen or vaginal fluid. You should take necessary precautions to avoid transmitting HIV to others. A positive result does ... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS

...transmitted? HIV can be transmitted from an infected person to another through: Blood (including menstrual blood) Semen Vaginal secretions Breast milk Blood contains the highest concentration of the virus, followed by... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

..."shared body fluids" being risky for HIV, but no documented cases of HIV have been caused by sweat, saliva or tears. However, even small amounts of blood in your mouth might transmit HIV during kissing or oral sex. Blood can come from flossing... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...please help, i want to know if i can get aids from sleeping with a guy whom sleep with another girl who might have aids without him getting it. or is it impossible for him Read more »

Vaginal fluid exposure - I am at risk ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...How long does the virus survive on the hand ? I am I at high risk. ? I have now convinced myself the girl is more than likely HIV + and that I may be infected. Please help have not slept well for 2 weeks. Read more »

worried

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...but that was more than likely covered by the condom since it was halfway up my penis. I am worried that i may have gotten her vaginal fluid on the cut when i took off the condom or when i masturbated(if ther could have been fluid on my hand from... Read more »

Worried, please respond with opinions. Thanks

Posted by WorriedinVegas
...hand that were pretty much healed. A small cut that was almost fully scabbed as well. There's a chance a small amount of her vaginal secretions came into contact with them. Weeks later I experienced symptoms such as fever, mild sore throat,... Read more »