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The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...to wait three to six months after your last possible exposure to the virus before being tested. That is because the immune system can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to make antibodies. If you are tested in this "window period," you may get an unclear result or a false negative. There is another type of test called the RNA test, which detects the virus directly. The RNA test can give results very early in HIV infection, but is more...
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HIV from Working at Police Station

Hi Doctor Bob,I am very worried about something that happened at work the other day.I work in the office at a police station. Where I work is not in the main station part where criminals are but I work in another part of the building.The other day...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...a one centimeter "red smear" on your finger? It's more likely to be Ketchup or jungle red fingernail polish than HIV-tainted blood! Even if it was, HIV cannot permeate intact skin. The chance of your getting enough fresh HIV-positive blood in... Read more »

Is the saliva of person at "window period" riskier than saliva of persons out of that period? (SALIVA)

Dear Dr Bob,First, I would like to express my appreciation to your continuous effort to help all of us finding the truth about HIV. I have found nearly all of your posts on "saliva" but it seems my following question has not been asked and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Saliva does not transmit HIV, unless it contains visible HIV-tainted blood. This includes "saliva of all stages." The only potential exception involves infants ingesting pre-chewed food from an HIV-positive Read more »

menstrual blood residue

Hello,Firstly thank you for providing such a fantastic resource.Sorry for asking what may be a very paranoid question, but here we go:I live with HIV+ women and am concerned about coming into contact with traces of menstrual blood left behind on...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,What do I think? Well, even better, I can tell you what I know! HIV is not transmitted by casual contact. Period. Even if you were using door handles as a dildo, your HIV-acquisition risk would still be nonexistent. The only way you are going Read more »

New Friends have HIV (HIV TRANSMISSION, CASUAL CONTACT)

My wife met a nice couple and we have been hanging out with them. They told her when they first met that they are HIV positive. I know it is just my ignorance of this disease but I admit I'm a little nervous and I shouldn't be. I know most...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...your time Response from Dr. Frascino Hello, Let's start with a very basic fact: HIV/AIDS is not transmitted by casual contact. Period! This basic information has been readily available for over a quarter of a century! Your comment, "I'm afraid to... Read more »
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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...who had become infected with HIV as neonates by small aliquots of plasma from a single HIV-infected donor. During the 10-year period, eight of the children died of AIDS. Of the remaining three children, all showed a progressive decline in... Read more »
The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...shortage of iron, which is most commonly due to blood loss from internal bleeding, frequent nosebleeds, or heavy or long menstrual periods HIV infection itself Many opportunistic infections related to HIV disease Kidney or bone marrow damage ... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS

...disease, when the virus first establishes itself in the body. Some researchers use the term acute HIV infection to describe the period of time between when a person is first infected with HIV and when antibodies against the virus are produced... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Should Gay Men Be Allowed to Donate Blood?

...next year, blood safety officials at the FDA finally mandated HIV screening for the blood supply in 1985. During this early period, the nation's blood supply's safety systems were revealed to be inadequate and overly influenced by the commercial... Read more »
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Can I catch HIV infection this way?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...once every month for fear that I may put my dear ones at risk as I am sometimes rather careless about hygiene. I fear that my menses can put my family risk if they acciently came into contact with the blood. I wash the toilet like crazy and do... Read more »

10 yrs to find out?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...told me it can take up to 10 yrs to find out you are +. is that true? i'm scared i had very risky unprotected sex. if i have a blood hiv test done, how long after exposure will it take for me to find out. please help? Read more »

What is longest period of time HIV+ without...

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
......progression to AIDS? Read more »

Facts. Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...after HIV infection, the body begins to make antibodies that fight the virus. The HIV test looks for these antibodies in your blood. After about three months, most people have enough anti-HIV antibodies to test positive on standard HIV tests.... Read more »