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Shaking Hands And HIV Testing

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...infant. In the United States, it is also possible to acquire HIV through exposure to infected blood, transfusions of infected blood, blood products, or organ transplantation, though this risk is extremely remote due to rigorous testing of the U.S. blood supply and donated organs. For more information, see How safe is the blood supply in the United States? Some healthcare workers have become infected after being stuck with needles...
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please answer, if you can single mom - cant shake the worry

Hi, doctor bob. I hear you're the best of the best so let's give it a shot.Last weekend I went out with some friends at a huge DT club, against my better judgement. The night was going ' ok' , until one of the people we were with sustained a foot...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Best of the best? Oh, I bet you say that to all the cyber-sexperts on this site.1. Right!2. Nope! (no risk!)HIV testing is not warranted medically. Yes, it's time to "relax Max", even if you happen to be a Maxime.Be well. Stay well.Dr. Bob Read more »

Fingering a female of HIV+ with small wound on hand

3 weeks ago I went for a massage and got a handjob from a lady there with a happen ending. at the same time I penestrated her vagina with my fingers(Index and middle) for 10 mins (not remember exactly). I have been surfing this forum concerning...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...story or test results. If indeed she is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, I would advise her to be retested because her HIV-acquisition risk would be so remote that her positive HIV test may well turn out to be a false... Read more »

Test came back Reactive

Dear Dr. Bob,My boyfriend recently tested positive. He told me a month later and the next day I did a rapid test which came back negative. About 6 weeks later I went and took another rapid test which came back reactive. I gave blood which I am still...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...status. If you're HIV positive, you should see an HIV specialist for additional evaluation. That your boyfriend only recently tested positive does not necessarily mean he only recently became infected. It's possible he's been HIV positive for a... Read more »

Should I be tested?

Hey Dr. Bob,I first just wanted to thank you for the compassion, humor, and knowledge you bring to people in desperate need. The way you have turned a hardship in your own life into a positive for so many others is truly inspiring. I know that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...having HIV and actually having HIV are two very different things. Your HIV-acquisition risk is essentially nonexistent. HIV testing is not medically warranted. That said, you obviously are freaked out by this walk on the wild side. If my... Read more »
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The Faith in Prevention Training Manual: Tools for Your HIV/AIDS Ministry

...researchers were also developing the first antibody tests to determine the presence of the virus. These tests were put to valuable use testing blood supplies and at-risk patients. Researchers also worked to develop the first anti-HIV medication,... Read more »
The Body

HIV/AIDS: A New First Impression

...hardest-hit groups? African-American women and people living in the rural South.) Some talk about the need for universal, routine HIV testing; some talk about the need for worldwide access to HIV treatment; some talk about the need for wealthy... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Black Silence on HIV/AIDS

... "Sunday is National HIV Testing Day. The shame, discrimination, and (sometimes) abuse that come with a positive diagnosis stun people into silence, turning them Read more »
The Body

HIV Monitoring Test Basics

...viral load test, click here . To read more about viral load, check out our collection of articles . HIV Drug Resistance Testing Besides a CD4 count and viral load test, your HIV specialist will look at your overall health with a general... Read more »
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shaking someone's bloody hand

Posted by 613, 2 Replies
...2 years ago at a concert, this guy cut him self in a mosh pit. He shook my hand and had blood on it. Freaking out, I washed it off using water. I dont think they had soap, and I was not actively bleeding either. Read more »

Can you catch hiv from this encounter

Posted by kris, 2 Replies
...positive he has been so for ten years but I just found out recently. I have some anxiety about germs in general so I dont shake hands. I always give people fist bumps. But I am growing concerned becasue I gave him a Fist Bump the other day and I... Read more »

I want to believe hiv cant be caught this way. but

Posted by nicejack, 3 Replies
...Hi I have a question. I read that shaking hands is NOT a method of getting hiv. Well I shoke hands with a person who has hiv and am fearful that I may have been infected. Heres Read more »

sister of my fiance has aids, need advice

Posted by knut_hamsun, 4 Replies
...My fiance just told me her sister has aids. my fiance tested lately, and she is negative. some of the other family members have not been tested. The sister has been sick for 10y. I am Read more »