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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Risk Of Spreading Hiv When You Know You Have It

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AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...Fact Sheet 125 ) does NOT mean "no HIV infection." If there is no contact with blood or sexual fluids , there is no risk. HIV needs to get into the body for infection to occur. Safer sex guidelines are ways to reduce the risk of spreading HIV during sexual activity. Unsafe Activities Unsafe sex has a high risk of spreading HIV. The greatest risk is when blood or sexual fluid touches the soft, moist areas (mucous membrane) inside the...
Ask the Experts


I know that HIV is spread by injecting drugs, but what about sharing a rolled up index card to snort coke. I only did a little bit the other night, but now i'm paranoid that I might have gotten HIV from sharing an Index card to do some coke. PLease...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Please refer your HIV questions to the HIV forum.I do not see this as a risk. Read more »

Legislation (laws) Criminalizing the Intentional Spread of HIV

Rick,I have been hearing about many legislative bodies (the US Congress, as well as the legislatures of many US states) who are passing laws criminalizing the intentional spread of HIV.Are these laws necessary? Has intentional spread of HIV been a...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...written to protect the public. In addition to these laws, there are things that each person can do to further reduce their risk of infection:1) Get to know your sexual partners ahead of time, and ask them about their HIV/STD risks before having... Read more »

HIV , HCV & Fatty Liver

I had blood test for HIV as Nonreactive at 2.5 months after unprotected sex exposure. My AST is 28, ALT 59 and GGT is 135, ESR is 12, Uric Acid is 0.57, Total Cholesterol 8.4 and LDL 5.8 . My questions are , will my fatty liver delay HIV...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...reason to suspect that having fatty liver should have any effect on testing for HIV or HCV. If you are concerned about HCV due to risk, certainly ask for antibody testing. As you may know, HCV is uncommonly spread through sexual transmission, but... Read more »

any risk for hcv or hiv

Hi,I was wanting to know if there is any risk for hcv or hiv from an electric shaver at a barber shop. Is hcv primarily spread through needles, and what are the true risks to healthcare proffesionals. Thankyou for your time.
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...HCV is transmitted through exposure to contaminated blood. Sharp razors are a theoretical risk; the big risk to health care professionals is needlestick. Just like HIV, the bigger the needle width, the deeper the stick, Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stigma, Ignorance Increase Risk of Spreading AIDS in Sudan

...promoting adultery," he said. In addition to Sudan's young people, those displaced by the country's 20-year civil war are at risk of HIV/AIDS -- particularly in Darfur, where large numbers of refugees live in crowded camps without access to HIV... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Risk Factors for Spread of HIV in Afghanistan High, Health Ministry Says

...World Bank has granted $10 million to the health ministry for identifying and creating public awareness among groups most at risk of HIV/AIDS, the government said (Salahuddin, Reuters, 5/26). Back to other news for May 2008 Search the... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV Risk Factors, Misconceptions Could Lead to "Rapid Spread" of Virus in Egypt, Daily News Reports

...commercial sex workers, injection drug users, men who have sex with men, refugees, homeless children and prison inmates -- are at risk of HIV and could transmit the virus to the general population because "none of these are closed groups," Wessam... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Twin Pregnancy Raises Risk of HIV Spread

...pregnancy, delivery method and other factors, the researchers found that twin pregnancy remained associated with a 2.3-fold increased risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission. The association was especially strong, they noted, in cases of... Read more »
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Posted by Jazzy1973, 5 Replies

hiv alert

Posted by nomoreworry4me, 1 Reply
...if dr thought you was at risk of spreading stds or anything dont he will have to let you know even if the health dept thought you was at risk of spreading anything. Read more »

Why does HIV continue to spread?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...I saw a report on my local TV station that said that HIV continues to spread in American cities. Why aren't young people heeding the message and using condoms? Is unprotected sex worth a life time of Read more »

HIV from sex toys.

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Can you catch HIV from unwashed sex todays? Read more »