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How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested After Sharing A Cigarette

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...shaking hands, hugging, or a casual kiss. You cannot become infected from a toilet seat, a drinking fountain, a door knob, dishes, drinking glasses, food, or pets. HIV is not an airborne or food-borne virus, and it does not live long outside the body. Although contact with blood and other body substances can occur in households, transmission of HIV is rare in this setting. A small number of transmission cases have been reported in which a...
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Unprotected sex with friend

Dear Dr Bob. This is the second time I have ever written to you the first being 6 years ago about sharing cigarettes. It's good to see that you are still doing such an excellent job in the world. I will make a donation to your fund.I have been in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Welcome back to the forum!Responding to your specific questions:1. Unprotected sex does place you at some degree of risk for STDs, including HIV. You can be screened for most STDs at any time; however, you'll need to wait until the three-month... Read more »

Serious Korean with phobia

Dear Dr. FrascinoFirst of all, hope everything is going well with you and foundation.I am 28 years man from Korea who is having serious phobia over 18month.For your reference, there is only one popular HIV website in Korea but no answers from...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...resulting from allergy and/or chronic sinus inflammation. In your case the most likely cause is related to your smoking a pack of cigarettes per day. This, too, predisposes you to all sorts of mouth, sinus, throat and lung problems, including... Read more »

Marijuana use (MARIJUANA, 2009)

I use marijuana on a daily basis. It helps me eat, sleep and deal with stress. However, I'm not sure if this is a safe decision. How does it affect my immune system? Is it as bad for the lungs as cigarette smoking? Thank you.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...stomach. The accompanying leaflet even states "empty stomach". I let my doctor know about the pot and he wasn't concerned as long as it was helping me put on weight. But I neglected to tell him that I wasn't taking my meds on an empty or somewhat... Read more »

thrombocytopenia? please answer

Hello dr. bob, I want to start by saying looking through your archives has brought me some peace of mind, and you are a huge inspiration, but I cannot find anything in your forum on thrombocytopenia and I was wondering if you could assess my risk.I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...result will undoubtedly be negative.3. See a dermatologist and have your genital warts treated.4. Stop smoking! If you don't, cigarettes will kill you in a very painful and undignified fashion. I watched my brother die from cigarette-induced lung... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...lower costs, which is why their tests are free or low-cost. It is the transit (turnaround) time, not the actual test that takes longer. Some people with high anxiety about exposure may be tempted to use this faster service. Testing Issues... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How Risky Is It?

...There's no way to tell by looking at them. When the uninfected person has a weakened immune system . This could be because of a long-term illness or an active infection like a herpes outbreak, syphilis, or the flu. When either person has open... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...Mutual masturbation (hand jobs) and fisting (using a hand to penetrate the anus or vagina): These are relatively low risk, as long as your hand has no open cuts or sores. Sexual assault or rape can result in infection if the attacker is HIV... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing are infected, you can transmit HIV to others during the window period even if you test negative. About 5% of people take longer than two months to produce antibodies. Testing at 3 and 6 months after possible exposure will detect almost all... Read more »
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Sharing toothbrushes

Posted by StupidMe, 1 Reply
...wandering what the real risk is. Is it zero, theoretical, negligible, low...etc? I'm asking because I had a hiv risk 3 years ago. I tested -ve but, over the last year I've developed several hiv related symptoms. Over the years my kids have used... Read more »

Are there any long lerm POZ folks around

Posted by rickincattco, 18 Replies
...years to get this much support help. I am curious to hear from people that have been positive for over ten years or more to share their experiences and I know there are 20 year veterans too. Lets hear from you. Thanks. Cheers Read more »

risk from sharing a cigarette

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...this may sound stupid, but what are the risks of getting hiv by taking a drag of a cigarette from someone who is positive? i let someone take a drag off my cigarette and found out later he is positive. Read more »

I am freaking out still 8 months later

Posted by Gator, 2 Replies
...about? ALso if you check the CDC website it says HIV can lay dormant for 9 yrs, if you call them they say 6 months is the longest they have seen anyone go without showing anything, then when you go test they tell you 3 months, I am losing... Read more »