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Do People Catch AIDS From Vaginal Secretions

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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 »

saliva (Facts for Life: What you and the people you care about need to know about HIV/AIDS )

can i catch HIV if my partner "sprays" when he talks and his salive gets in my eye? Also can i get HIV from an infected partners saliva on my anus?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...children have been orphaned by the epidemic. A person who has HIV carries the virus in certain body fluids, including blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk. The virus can be transmitted only if such HIV-infected fluids enter the... Read more »

does sodomy create HIV/AIDS?

I guess Im just pretty ignorant because of my super religious parents but, I always thought that unprotected anal sex would somehow 'create' HIV/AIDS. Is this just a wierd misconception? and if I had unprotected anal sex w my bf (and neither of us...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...children have been orphaned by the epidemic. A person who has HIV carries the virus in certain body fluids, including blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk. The virus can be transmitted only if such HIV-infected fluids enter the... Read more »

not sure???

hi there, can HIV infected fluids enter the blood stream through the mucus membrane of the penis without any cut's or open sores, or does the penis have to have some microscopic cuts in order for transmission to occur, and is there any other...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...increase the risk of transmission to a man if the woman is infected.2)Higher concentrations of HIV are present in semen than vaginal secretions, according to many laboratory studies. Remember, there is a difference between vaginal and cervical... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

AIDS Myths and Misunderstandings

...Sheet 150 for current information on how HIV is transmitted. Transmission can only occur if someone is exposed to blood, semen, vaginal fluid or mother's milk (see Fact Sheet 611 ) from an infected person. There is no proven case of... 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 »
The Well Project

Myths About HIV

...tears, sweat, mosquitoes, pools, or casual contact." The reality: HIV can only be transmitted through infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. The most common ways for HIV to be transmitted are through unprotected sexual... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

What Is AIDS?

...with HIV from anyone who's infected, even if they don't look sick and even if they haven't tested HIV-positive yet. The blood, vaginal fluid, semen, and breast milk of people infected with HIV has enough of the virus in it to infect other... Read more »
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vaginal secretions

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Can HIV be transmitted from pre-cum to vaginal secretions, or does it have to directly enter the bloodstream through a cut or sore? Read more »

Get The Facts

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HOW IT IS SPREAD: HIV is transmitted through contact with the blood, semen, vaginal secretions or breast milk of an HIV infected person. INCUBATION PERIOD: Antibodies can typically be detected... Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Gman,seeing everyone seems to rely on you alot here,what is your feeling about massachusetts 6 week window period with a 3rd generation elisa,would you be comforable with that,also with your experiance since 1989 have you ever know someone to test... Read more »

vaginal fluids/menstral cycle

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
A girlfriend of mine cheated on me, but did not have sex with her, she told me that they only kissed, well she also went swimming with this other girl and they switched bathing suits bottoms, she was telling me she was concerned because in less than... Read more »