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Swallowing Blood And HIV Testing

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HIV Infection via swallowing blood?

Dear Dr. Bob,My husband and I are aid workers in Tanzania, where the prevalence of AIDS is greater than 10% in the city we work (Dar es Salaam). He was involved in a car accident on Friday and the taxi driver's blood went into his mouth. He has no...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV-acquisition risk remains extremely slight. There is no indication the cab driver was virally enhanced. You don't mention how much blood landed in your husband's mouth. Most likely it was only a small quantity. There are components in saliva... Read more »

Swallowed Blood

Dr.Very Quick question. Yesterday I shook hands with some co-workers. As I walked across the... Read more »

Atripla

How do you take this big pill without cutting it? I ask My HIV Specialist about cutting and she... Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...HIV-negative, and avoid giving it to someone else if you are HIV positive. HIV is spread through the following body fluids: Blood (including menstrual blood) Semen and other male sexual fluids ("pre-cum") Vaginal fluids Breast milk ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Etravirine (Intelence)

...a day. It is recommended that you take etravirine following a meal. Do not take it on an empty stomach. If you have trouble swallowing etravirine, you can dissolve the tablets in water. No dose adjustments are recommended for patients with mild... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and Safer Sex

...you perform oral sex without a condom, finish up with your hand, or spit semen out and rinse with a dental wash rather than swallowing. Dental dams are squares made from latex. Put some water- or silicone-based lube on one side of the dental dam... Read more »
Project Inform

Systemic Candidiasis

...affecting up to 1 in 5 people with AIDS. It often occurs together with thrush. Symptoms include chest pain, nausea and pain when swallowing. The esophagus may become partly blocked by coatings and spots that build up. In rare cases, bad ulcers... Read more »
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Want to give blood but possible infection?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...didnt do anything that is risky because I just received oral sex and kissed him. But is the fact that he came on me, ate it, swallowed it, and then kissed me a risky activity? I want to give blood because I dont want to cancel, but I dont want... Read more »

PPL with hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...broken condom ? and insects cant deliver the virus but say it bite someone with the virus and then flew inside your mouth and you swallowed could you get HIV from tht ? and is the 5 month mark for HIV after getting tested mean you prolly dont... Read more »

Black Spot on Tongue?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...black spot on my tongue. I don't recall biting down on it and its a about 1-2cm wide (not huge). It kinda looks like a broken blood vessel -- it doesn't appear to be raised. I've never had anything like this before. I enjoy sucking cock and... Read more »

HIV Antibody Testing

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
...Does anyone know why HIV antibody tests are done, rather than just directly checking for the HIV virus in the bloodstream? In HIV+ people, their blood can be checked for viral loads, why can't they do this when doing a HIV test, rather than Read more »