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How Much Blood Is Needed To Get Infected

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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HIV from dried (and washed) blood on clothing "Contact with infected blood"

Good evening Dr. Today a co-worker spilled some blood over my uniform, I know he is HIV+, I have to re-use the uniform because it is a company policy, I know this could even sound silly but I was wondering if is there any risk by using clothes with...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for your question,You have <b>no risk</b> for HIV, for many reasons. HIV can not live outside the body. Likewise, it can not survive going through a wash cycle.Once HIV lives the body it immediately begins to die. While its hard... Read more »

infection from dry blood (DRIED BLOOD, 2009)

Dear Dr Bob,You are certainly a great inspiration to the hiv world. For someone who is infected but is very active in helping others and always maitains a positive attitude, this is just amazing!!I have a question, suppose dried blood from an hiv...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Thanks for your kind comments!Your concerns about HIV transmission via dried blood are unwarranted. This question comes up fairly frequently. See below.Stay well.Dr. BobBlood In BedMar 25, 2009Dear Dr,I know questions of dried blood have been... Read more »

Can someone get infected by drinking water that has HIV blood in it ?

My daughter was at the park yesterday and played volleyball with a family that she meet there. After the game , they offered her water. My daughter drank the water, and now she is worried that someone from that family might put HIV blood in the...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Blood in the water? Were they a family of vampires???She has nothing to worry about as far as HIV. You can not get this virus by drinking some sort of tainted liquid. To be extra cautious, keep the garlic handy. DW... Read more »

How much AIDS blood does it take to get infected?

I was at a party and messed up and shared a syringe with two people I am not sure about, if they were to have AIDS how much infected blood would I have needed to of taken in to get it? if it was joust a couple drops is it still strong enough to take...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.Sharing syringes is a very bad idea. Even "just a couple of drops" of fresh HIV-tainted blood could result in HIV transmission. The CDC's estimated per-act statistical risk for acquiring HIV from needle-sharing injections --... Read more »
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Possible needle infection 5 days ago, need help.

Posted by gabby12345, 1 Reply
Hello.
This is my story, It is extremely stupid and I'm aware of that.
Last Thursday (5 days ago) I wondered off from my friends during the course of a heavy drinking session. I remember very little, but I do know that I ended up with a homeless... Read more »

Need answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Urgent answers needed!!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have physical signs of possible hiv infection but tested negative on hiv1 several times after the 6 month period. Signs are purpura marking on fingertips and soles of feet, white hairy tongue and creamy looking cheeks of mouth. My last blood... Read more »

HIV infection from dried blood?

Posted by panic05, 5 Replies
I got a question on HIV infection from dried blood. I know no one has been infected with HIV due to contact with toilet seat so far. But I am still worrying about its possibility.

Today, I went to a public washroom. After flushing the toilet, I... Read more »

Blood in gloves and HIV infection

Posted by chrisenquist, 1 Reply
One week ago, I visited a lab to get my blood test done. I noticed that the lab technician had blood stains on his gloves. Never thought of asking him to change the gloves. But after few days, I realized that the blood stains in his gloves could... Read more »