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Explain The Cause And Transmission Mechanisms Of HIV

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Mechanical transmission by leeches, please don't ignore

Dear Dr. Lisa,I found this study (seems from a reputable institution) which claims that leeches can store blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B or HIV in their gut for months.So if they bite another person and regurgitate the blood (due to...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
HelloYes, my opinion is that viruses likely could survive in leeches and would not advice anyone to use them for medicinal purposes unless it is known with certainty to come from controlled breeding and have definitely not been in contact with human... Read more »

Mechanical transmission by leeches follow up question

Dear Dr. Lisa,I truly thank you for your response to my question. However, I ought to have clarified that I was not referring to the medicinal use of leeches. Instead, I was talking about being bitten by a leech in the wild, eg while hiking in...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
Hello thereTheoretically sure, likely, no. Would it stop me from hiking or swimming or otherwise enjoying nature in any way shape or form. Heck no.Take care,LHW... Read more »

explain transmission of std's

describe and explain how std's are tranmitted.describe and compare HIV and AIDS, the similarities and differences and how they are connected.describe and explain ways in wich people get HIV-AIDS and indentifiy activities that do not transmit...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Don't forget that HIV is a sexually transmitted infection. Because HIV is such a terrible epidemic it is often separated from the "STI" category. It is important to remember that the HIV and some other STIs are transmitted in very... Read more »

what do you know about mechanics?

Ok that was a misleading title. I'm not talking about manly, oily men in a garage charging you too much to change a spark-plug, but the mechanincs of HIV.Doctor Robert, you tick so many of my "I want to date you" boxes... Smart,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello J,I'm very worried about you. No, not because of HIV, you silly goose. I'm worried about your junk food diet. Pizza one night and chips the next? So what's on the menu for tomorrow night, s'mores???OK on to your... Read more »
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CONDOM Mechanics-REPLY..comments warmly welcomed!!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Dear Mr. Dragon-

Well, this is different yet again from your early posts. I thank you for taking the time to clarify your thinking. I think the most critical thing is that HIV is NOT EASILY transmitted through a condom, as you mentioned. This is a... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
There is quite alot of RELIABLE data supporting the fact that HIV is an estimated 40x smaller than that of a latex condom's pore. Unfortunately I do not have the source of that data at my side. However, anyone interested can find this data on the... Read more »

Explain why masturbation with panties is no risk

Posted by Worried12, 5 Replies
Im sorry to make ANOTHER topic, but Im finally about over it. Please go in depth why I couldnt have gotten HIV. On fluid soaks into the panties does it die? Once it dries does it die? How long would it live? If the panties were wet is there a risk?... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am officially admiting I was WRONG on my belief and theory

I decided to test my little theory, and before I go any further, I must say that ONE CANNOT TRUST VERY MUCH YOU READ ON THE INTERNET,... Read more »