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How Small Is Hiv Virus

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Development, Description, and Acceptability of Small-Group, Behavioral Intervention to Prevent HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among Young Adult Injection Drug Users

"Young injection drug users (IDUs) who are not infected with HIV or hepatitis C virus are at great risk of acquiring one or both of these infections through their sexual or injection behaviors," the authors wrote. In the current study, they describe... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Experimental Therapeutic HIV Vaccine Suppressed Virus by at Least 80% in Small Group of Patients, Study Says

An experimental therapeutic HIV vaccine suppressed the virus in a small group of HIV-positive Brazilians for up to a year, according to a study published Sunday in the online edition of the British journal Nature Medicine , the San Francisco... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Approves First Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) System to Screen Whole Blood Donors for Infections With Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

The Food and Drug Administration has licensed the first nucleic acid test (NAT) system intended for screening donors of whole blood and blood components intended for use in transfusion. This test system can simultaneously detect the presence of HIV... Read more »
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HELP !!! HELP!!! PLZ --HIV virus transfer from cotton ball

dear sir /madam plz leave a reply to my question(this is my 5th attempt).......................recently i went for a small blood test where she drawed my blood in a new needle and kept a solution soaked cotton ball on the area where she...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for your question,Doesn't sound like there was any risk from the situation you're describing. Even if there were blood on the cotton ball you saw, entirely too much time had passed between the person who left the blood and you.... Read more »

can the HIV virus pass through the pores of a latex condom?

Hi, I heard that the HIV virus is so small that it can possibly pass through the pores of a latex condom.Is this information true? Also, what are the chances of contracting HIV from performing vaginal sex on a woman that is HIV positive assuming...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You heard what? Where are you getting this information? The Department of Irresponsible and Irreproducible Results?" No, HIV cannot pass through a latex condom. Why else would we wear them? Oh yeah, there are the glow-in-the-dark ones... Read more »

Small pox vaccine & HIV+ individuals

With the talk of Americans resuming vaccinations for small pox what are the ramifications of an HIV+ person receiving this vaccine which as I understand contains the live samll pox virus? Thanks for your help. Concerned in Houston ...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
In general, live virus vaccines should not be used in persons with immune deficiency, whether that is due to HIV or a different condition.... Read more »

Small Pox Vaccination and HIV

Should HIV/AIDS patients be vaccinated against Small Pox? If not, what should we do to protect ourselves in the event of a breakout? What would our chances of survival be?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
If and when the smallpox vaccine becomes available again, it would be unwise for anyone with an impaired imune system to be vaccinated. This is because this is a live virus vaccine, which can itself cause disease in an immunodeficient person. The... Read more »
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Is there any way to get a test for virus itself

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Is there any way to get a test for HIV itself, rather than just the virus? I know it costs alot more but would there be any doctor's willing to perform this test, rather than wait the agonizing three months for a regular HIV antibody test result. Read more »

Risk from small volume blood ingestion

Posted by RJT, 2 Replies
Hello. I noticed some blood smeared on my finger whilst eating in a cafe on a shopping trip. I had been picking my lips so assumed it was that and licked it off to see if there was a cut underneath. However there was no cut to my finger and I... Read more »


Posted by Stephen, 3 Replies
I am a 43 year old GWM living and working in Houston, Texas - home of the GREAT Texas Medical Center. For two years I tried one of the main hospitals (massive clinic associations) as my primary caregivers in treating my HIV and for two years I... Read more »