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Chances Of Catching AIDS From Period Blood

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The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...as gonorrhea, Chlamydia, andtrichomoniasis Genital herpes Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) Although little conclusive research is available on HIV and menstruation, many HIV+ women report abnormal menstrual periods. Somehave excessive bleeding while others stop menstruating altogether. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is an STD that causes 99% of cervical cancer andcan also cause genital warts. HIV+ women are more likely to be...
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HIV screening for donating blood (BLOOD DONATION, FALSE POSITIVE TEST 2009)

Dr. Bob, My sister recently tried to donate blood and was denied. She recieved a letter stating that she was HIV positive. How accurate are the tests that the Red Cross performs? She is getting an HIV test but I would like to know what the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...some information from the archives that discusses HIV screening at blood donation sites.Dr. BobSafe blood transfusion v. Window periodMar 25, 2006 Hi Doc! I have heard that places that accept blood (for storage and transfusion) can know if the... Read more »

Anemia and heavy menstruations

My menses r extremely heavy and have been for quite a long time, i had a blood transfusion 2months ago and my hb changed from 7 to 10. I was afraid my hb will drop again so i went 2 gyne 4 a thorough check of what is causing the heavy menses and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Your HIV specialist should consult with your gynecologist to thoroughly evaluate this problem and develop a treatment plan. Blood transfusions are not the answer! They can be immunosuppressive and consequently should be avoided unless absolutely... Read more »

Safe blood transfusion v. Window period

Hi Doc!I have heard that places that accept blood (for storage and transfusion) can know if the blood is infected even if the person donating is at his/her window period. Then why don't they use this technology to straight-away determine if a person...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...because the production of detectable antibodies, which is an immune response, requires time. With the use of NAT, the HIV window period has been reduced to approximately 16 days.NAT is FDA-approved only for use in screening donated blood. It is... Read more »

Menstruation and viral load

I happened to find an article on the relationship between viral load of women's genital fluid and menstruation cycle.According to it, viral load of cervical fluid reaches at the highest level 2 or 3 weeks after menses and at this point, viral load...
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
...culturing the virus) in vaginal cervical fluid at all stages of the menstrual cycle. Whether the infectivity is higher, say during menses because of blood mixing, or during the follicular or luteal stages is not clear. Read more »
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The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...develop any symptoms of HIV is during the "acute" phase, which lasts for six to 12 weeks after you've been infected. Once that period ends, you may well go years without your body giving away any sign whatsoever that you have HIV. This is... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...tired. Anemia can be caused by certain HIV drugs. Women may alsoexperience anemia as a result of blood loss through menstrual periods. White blood cells(leukocytes) White blood cells (WBCs) are produced by the immune system... Read more »
The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...shortage of iron, which is most commonly due to blood loss from internal bleeding, frequent nosebleeds, or heavy or long menstrual periods HIV infection itself Many opportunistic infections related to HIV disease Kidney or bone marrow damage ... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

...to develop alcohol-related liver disease, particularly cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and hepatitis, after a shorter time period than men. Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can cause an increase in hepatic adenomas (liver tumors) and... Read more »
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Can I catch HIV infection this way?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...once every month for fear that I may put my dear ones at risk as I am sometimes rather careless about hygiene. I fear that my menses can put my family risk if they acciently came into contact with the blood. I wash the toilet like crazy and do... Read more »

Blood Supply

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...know that tests are run on all blood that is donated but how do they detect HIV in the blood of someone that is in the window period? E.g. If someone was to donate 3 or 4 weeks after they were infected and had not seroconverted how is their... Read more »

HIV + from breast secretions on penis?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...Does anyone know of any cases of HIV transmission from breast secretions making contact with a male penis? Read more »

blood banks

Posted by nomoreworry4me, 3 Replies
...give blood dont they imformed you if there promblems with your blood.. I was tested before I donate I was at end of the window period when health dept told me I'm good to go can even donate blood Read more »