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HIV virus transmission - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hi do
User :   can i ask my ?
Doctor :   Please proceed
User :   thnx. I would like to know whether the HIV virus can be transmitted by just touching the precum/semen of an infected person, without intercourse ?
Doctor :   No , it do not get transferred by that way
User :   is the virus transmitted by saliva?
Doctor :   Its still debatable
Doctor :   Saliva in severe cases of Hiv do contain the virus , but its considered that the infective dose is not achieved by the saliva transfer
User :   is there a certain period of time, that has to pass to see whehter you hav the virus?
Doctor :   yes, it is called window period which may vary from 3 months to a year,
Doctor :   once the virus gets in it will multiply to a number where it stimulates the body to produce the antibodies which are inturn detected to determine virus positivity
Doctor :   this is called Window period
User :   what are the ways that you can say that the virus can entire the body?
Doctor :   Its by , Sexual contact with infected,infected mother to child , blood transfusion or organ transplantation donor being infected, infected needle stick injuries and in intravenous drug abusers
User :   can oral sex transmiited the virus?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   how can oral sex cause the virus to enter the body?
Doctor :   There will be minute abrasions in the oral cavity al the time due to mastication of the food or due to teeth , the virus entering from the secretions from the penis will gain entry into the blood stream through those abrasions
User :   ok, i had an encounter. I had oral sex with another man. I don't know whether he is HIV + or HIV negetive. we masturbated each other without intercourse. we did touch each others seminal fluids. he then sucked my penis. Is it possible for me to contract the virus in this way, if he is HIV + ?
Doctor :   Yes, you may be at risk
User :   i heard that there is a test that can be done within a few days that can tell u whether you are HIV
User :   positive or not. Is this true?
Doctor :   yes, but the most sensitive test would pick up only after 1 month of exposure
Doctor :   its PCR test or even P24 test
User :   how accurate is this test?
Doctor :   The sensitivity is 80% and specificity being 90%
User :   it what way, am i at risk after my encounter. how can i get the virus?
Doctor :   yes, you may be at risk, the secretions from the penis would have gain entry into you through the abrasions in your mouth
Doctor :   well its a possibility but not certain
User :   he sucked my penis. i didnot suck his, so there was no secrection in my mouth
Doctor :   you may be at risk by 1 to 5 % only
Doctor :   When was the exposure ?
User :   meaning?
Doctor :   When was the encounter between you and your partner ?
User :   on friday evening
Doctor :   May i know the date ?
User :   21 jan
Doctor :   ok , i stil consider you at risk , because if your partner is infective then he would have shedding the virus from the abrasions in his mouth which could gain entry into you through the penis
User :   if i take the sensitivity test within the next couple days, would i be able to see whether i hav the virus ?
Doctor :   no, as i said it will need a minimum of 1 months to be caught by tests
User :   ok, i hope that i am negetive. thank you for all your information. i would hav to wait and see
Doctor :   Do not worry , even you at risk i would consider it to be very minimal
Doctor :   its 1 yo 5% only
User :   thank you doctor. i trust u.
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
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