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What's the Risk From Sucking a Penis?

A wide range of sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, genital warts (HPV) and hepatitis B can be transmitted during a blowjob -- in other words, when your penis is sucked or you suck someone else's penis.

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Can You Get AIDS From Someone's Blood Touching Your Open Sore?

HIV transmissions as a result of one person's blood entering another person's open sore or wound are theoretically possible, but in practice hardly ever happen. Only a handful of cases have ever been documented.

Assessing the Risk

It's true that if...

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Which Diseases Cause the Same Symptoms as HIV?

Every single symptom that is associated with HIV infection looks like a symptom of other illnesses -- in fact, a huge range of other illnesses. It's impossible to tell by someone's symptoms alone whether the problem is related to HIV/AIDS or another ...

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Chlamydia

Can Chlamydia Kill You?

Chlamydia cannot kill you.

Nonetheless, if chlamydia is left untreated, it can cause damage -- particularly to a woman's reproductive organs. It's very simple to treat and cure chlamydia with a short course of antibiotics.

A Common Sexually Transmi...

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Is a Bad Sore Throat or Muscle Aches a Sign You Have HIV?

A sore throat and muscle aches are symptoms that sometimes occur in the first few weeks of HIV infection. But a huge range of other infections and health problems (that are more common than HIV) can cause them too.

The Symptoms of Early HIV Infectio...

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Are Bumps on My Stomach Symptoms of HIV?

Bumps on the skin are not a symptom of recent HIV infection.

Much later, if a person has had HIV for several years and not received antiretroviral treatment, their immune system may be so weakened that they could be vulnerable to a skin infection kn...

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Can I Get HIV if Sperm Gets Into a Cut?

HIV transmissions as a result of one person's semen entering another person's open wound or open cut are theoretically possible, but no cases have ever been documented.

Assessing the Risk

It's true that if an HIV-positive person's semen enters the ...

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Will There Ever Be a Cure for HPV and Genital Warts?

At the moment, there is no cure for human papillomavirus (HPV), but genital warts can be treated by removing the wart.

Scientific understanding of HPV and genital warts has advanced considerably in recent years. Vaccines to prevent infection have be...

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Is Itchy Skin After Sex With a Sex Worker a Sign of HIV/AIDS?

Soon after HIV infection (during the first four weeks), some symptoms are possible. One of them is a rash, primarily in the upper portion of the body.

However, it isn't usually itchy. Itchy skin without a red rash is unlikely to be anything to do wi...

Hepatitis C: Meet the Meds Img
Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C: Meet the Meds

Hepatitis C treatment used to last up to a year, and didn't wipe out the virus in everyone. Meet the current generation of pill-only treatments that can achicve a cure for many in just 12 weeks.