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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV/AIDS Prevention: Peer Influence Plays Key Role in AIDS-Protective Behavior by Ghanaian Youth

Recently, U.S. scientists examined "interpersonal communication about reproductive health information among Ghanaian youth, and the association of this communication with different types of reported AIDS-preventive behaviors." "Contacts of peer... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Resting CD4+ T Cells Have Protection Against HIV, But Protection Fails When Cells Become Active, Study Shows

Resting CD4+ T cells have a "powerful" protein shield that protects them from being invaded by HIV, but the cells lose that protection when they are activated to fight an infection, allowing HIV to enter the cells, according to a paper published on... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Indian Government Failing to Protect Children Affected by HIV/AIDS From Discrimination, Human Rights Watch Report Says

The Indian government is failing to protect HIV-positive children from discrimination, including expulsion from or segregation in schools, hospitals and orphanages, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Wednesday, BBC News reports... Read more »
Ask the Experts

protected sex with escort - worried about hiv/aids/stds

Dear doctor,I had protected sex (oral and vaginal)with an escort a month ago and have been worried ever since.This was the first time i engaged with a hooker and used a condom.infact used a new condom because i noticed my condom was slipping off...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi,YES! You had protected sex! This puts your risk of HIV transmission to very small. First we know that oral sex carries the lowest risk of HIV transmission and you had protected intercourse. Your overall risk of HIV transmission is very small. But... Read more »

Does "The Flux" provide a little protection against AIDS/STD?

During the heavy days of a woman's menstrual flow, is she any less likely to contract an STD from an infected partner? (I'm not asking whether she is 100% safe--only whether she is ANY safer.)...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. Whether a woman is having her menstrualperiod or not, if she is having unprotected sex with an infected person, shewould be at high risk of infection. Her menstrual period would not have anysignificant effect at... Read more »

PROTECTION

CAN ONE GET AIDS IF HE USES SOMETHING EARLIER(MAY BE JUST EARLIER) USED BY A HIV POSITIVE PERSON ? CAN ONE GET AIDS BY HOLDING/SITTING THE SAME HANDLE/SEAT USED BY A HIV POSITIVE WHO MAY HAVE A CUT INJURY IN HIS/HER HAND OR SOMEWHER ELSE IN HIS/HER...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Generally, no. If the just-used item was a needle or a razor, there is a chance. As for the sitting where the person just sat, turning the handle the person just turned, no. No. The virus requires direct, immediate contact with your bloodstream or... Read more »

Husband HIV+. Wife HIV-....10 years no protection

My husband just found out he was HIV+ with an aids diagnosis....we have had unprotected sex for ten years....how am I HIV- and how common is that?His t-cell count is 60 and viral load over a millionWe arebshocked by all parts of these diagnoses...
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
It certainly can happen, but it is not that common.... Read more »
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Do condoms protect against HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi, are condoms extremly effective against HIV? I'm just wondering if anyone konws anyone, or contracted HIV while performing safe sex? I'm sure the virus has to have been transmitted whle condoms were used in the past a few times or so by some... Read more »

Received un[protected oral, worried ouf my wits!

Posted by merrywell, 1 Reply
Hi I received unprotected oral sex from 2 different guys of unknown HIV status(i'm a female). I did such a stupid thing and I hate myself for it. Anyway, am I at risk for getting HIV? Is testing even medically necessary? the forum on medhelp.org... Read more »

Does withdraw provide any protection?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I am a female and had unprotected sex with someone. I know him quite well, and his last test did show he was HIV negative.....that was in Feb/March.

When we did have sex, he pulled out. Odds are he's negative anyway, but if he was to be positive,... Read more »

You can't always protect them

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Took my teenage son for an HIV test today. He had no risk factors. The counselor asked him why he even wanted to be tested?

He told her. Because my girlfriends parents found out my mom has HIV and they want to make sure I don't have it before I... Read more »