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Risks Of Contracting AIDS From Smoking After Someone

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Injection Drug Use

...diseases. Using your own 'works' is the best protection against potential exposure to HIV if you choose to inject drugs. When people use a sterile syringe each time they inject, they are significantly reducing their risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis. In order to obtain sterile syringes, we encourage you to take advantage of syringe exchange programs like the San Francisco AIDS Foundation's HIV Prevention Project . For syringe exchange...
Ask the Experts

Smokey The Bear (SMOKING and HIV, 2009)

Hey Doc.,I'm positive, a bit overweight (a bear, lol), and I smoke cigaretts. Do I really have to quit? Hell, I'm already HIV positive, aren't my Marlboros now a rather minor issue??? I'm doing OK on my HIV meds. My HIV doc hasn't mentioned my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...which followed 885 HIV positive and 425 at-risk women in four U.S. cities, women with HIV were significantly more likely to contract community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (8.5 vs 0.7 cases 100 person-years), and among the HIV positive women,... Read more »

Saliva Transmission

About 6 Months ago. I accidently Smoked a Cigarette that belonged to a AIDS infected Person that he had just lit. I have been worried sick about this. Can I be at risk of Contracting Aids from my lips touching his saliva on the cigarette. PLEASE LET...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...No, you cannot get HIV from this contact. Read more »

17 year old in need

This guy I know that is rumored to have HIV sold me his Marijuana pipe. This was a few months ago. I smoked out of it and then stopped smoking all together. I recently started to smoke again which had been 2 months later. I smoked out of the pipe...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,There is no HIV risk from sharing a marijuana pipe. As for a blood-to-blood risk, yes, you would notice it. Think more Texas Chainsaw Massacre Read more »


My husband been living with hiv for the past 4 years. His health has slowly deteriorated and is wasting. he smokes quite a bit and ocassionally takes alchohol. What are the effects of smoking?? his CD4 count has gone down to 12.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...have recently been approved by the FDA. With aggressive therapy your husband may be able to improve significantly.Regarding smoking, the major side effect is death. Simply put, smoking kills. It's particularly dangerous for HIVers to smoke,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Smoking Might Increase Risk of Contracting HIV, Study Says

... Smoking might increase the risk of contracting HIV, according to a study published in the Aug. 21 online edition of the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections , the New Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...body. Having syphilis can make you more likely to transmit HIV if you are already HIV positive, and you are more likely to contract HIV from a partner who has both HIV and syphilis. Penicillin is the standard treatment for syphilis, but... Read more »
Housing Works

Charles King Op-Ed: Shock Tactics Won't Stop HIV

...measures in place to stop the spread of HIV. Ensuring that all homeless New Yorkers who are HIV positive (or at high risk of contracting HIV) are stably housed is a prime example of such an intervention. Stably housed people are less likely to... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV/AIDS Among Hispanics/Latinos

...drugs or alcohol. The presence of certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can significantly increase one's chances of contracting HIV infection. A person who has both HIV infection and certain STDs has a greater chance of infecting others... Read more »
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Should You Get HIV Care Only If You "Deserve" It?

Posted by TheBody, 12 Replies
... Dec 9, 2007 Going by the statistical estimates on risks, it seems that one has to be extremely (and repeatedly) stupid to contract HIV. This means, most HIV +ve patients have deliberately, willfully, knowingly had the virus self-inflicted. Do... Read more »

Is this really happening?

Posted by optimistic, 5 Replies
...just with the stiches from the surgery (that nowadays is more easy and less dangerous), I went into Internet searching about HIV and then checked the copy of the blood tests I took home with me. It shows that my lymphocytes were at 15,2%. That... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 10 Replies
...I don't live with AIDS and I don't know anyone with it but I'm going to write this anyway. I donot feel sorry for the thousands of teens and adults Read more »

what are the actual numbers?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...statistic. Particularly if it really is a fairly small chance (less than 5% odds, in my mind) that a single exposure will result in contracting HIV. The same problem exists for smoking. It is fairly tricky to get your hands on actual... Read more »