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i have a doubt regarding hiv
my cousin is a hiv positive who detected in march2014 and in january 2014 i had lump(due to over heat) on my back. un fortunately my cousin also have same problem on her back and one day the lump was broken and the matter is discharged(i.e blood etc) . it was fast broken to my cousin and my parents cleaned it with a cloth after a few minutes mine also broken and the matter got discharged my parents cleaned it with same cloth that used to my cousin . and my feet are broken due to a health problem(which is from my childhood) i used the same persons bathroom with out slippers. i am at age of 21 still i dont have any symptoms but i got fever twice in two months(aug,sep2014). my weight is 71kgs it was not dropped from beginning of the year. now please answer my question
1.am i at risk of hiv?
2. if at risk can a person who received deep mouth kiss ( i dont have any oral sores) and pennis to pennis dockind as well as thigh sex can get it? please answer to my question i m feeling so tense pls pls

Which situation do occur during ARS? Thrombocytopenia or Thrombosytosis

I read that during ARS one can have thrombocytopenia. It is also said that acute HIV infection can cause Reactive Arthritis, and Thrombocytosis is a marker of reactive arthritis. I'm now confused. Which situation is more likely during ARS? (Thrombocytosis vs Thrombocytopenia)

HIV fear and stigma

I'm 17 years old, and for the longest, I have been taught that HIV develops into AIDS, and eventually you will die from some sort of related complication within 10 years. Yeah, there are meds that will relieve you of the harsh symptoms, but it's a death sentence--you get AIDS, you die--period. Well, today we had some speaker who was HIV positive come to our school to talk about the importance of safe sex. However, what blew me out of my chair was that he said he has been TWENTY SEVEN YEARS INFECTED!

Apparently I have been misinformed, how long does it really take for HIV to progress to AIDS? And most importantly, if there are modern medications that slow it down to 30 years or more before it progresses to AIDS (or maybe even never!), why is there so much panic and stigma about this illness that makes everyone act like it's the bubonic plague? It seems to me that all you need to do is gulp a few fills everyday, and you're good to go! Can someone enlighten me please?

Blowjob blood

My bf is hiv negative. I was giving him oral sex and I saw some red on his penis. I didn't see blood but it was like a red spot. If he was bleeding am
I at risk of hiv ???

Please help me! Qn on shared makeup and handshake


Today I went for an event as a fashion model. The hair stylists and make up artists were both HIV positive. I knew that because they chatted with me about it. So they both did my hair and makeup. The things that worry me was that the guy touched and fondled ard with my hair and scalp and also touched my face. The makeup artist used the same makeup kit that she used for herself on me. I saw her use it. She used the exact same brushes, lipstick etc, which she has used on many other people before without cleaning. Is there a HIV risk if she has gotten any blood on the brushes and she used it on my face? My face has a few pimples and acne.. It is red and swollen. Is there any risk? Is there any risk with shared makeup (especially lips makeup since it touches the mouth) with HIV positive people? I also shook hands with them and I realise there is some peeled skin on my hands. What are the chances of HIV if their blood touched my peeled skin? Is it of high risk?

Please help me

facial wasting

i've been poz for 18 years and i am starting to loose the fat under my cheek bones. are fillers covered as a treatment...i know it may seem silly, but it is really causing me grief and elective cosmetic procedures are expensive beyond my reach.

Protected sex, experiencing hiv symptoms


I'm a 24 year old heterosexual female who had protected vaginal sex with a male 2 months ago. We used a latex condom and from what I saw there were no tears or holes in the condom. To make sure the condom was ok i blew into it after sex to make sure there were no breaks or tears. I did not see any.However I'm experiencing hiv seroconversion symptoms I have severe sore throat pain, fever and joint pain. I'm very afraid to get tested. I learned some things about this man recently that leads me to believe that he might be infected. I learned that he has paid for oral sex from strippers. I asked him about his health status and he said that he has never been tested for sti's, but he had to undergo a medical check up for his student visa so I'm not sure if he has been tested for hiv. I know I should get tested but I'm terrified. I really think that I'm infected. I would like to speak to a health worker but I'm not sure where to go. I live in Toronto so I'm not sure where to go for sexual health counselling.

Thank you for your help

One more follow up to absolute accurate results asked on Sunday, August 10

Probably a stupid question, but...if I am HIV negative, does that also mean that I don't have aids? Just got a bit anxious when I read your latest response...thanks so much!

shaving cut on lips

Thank you all for such amazing resource. My question is that: I know sharing same utensils, i.e fork doesn't transmit hiv. What if I have shaving cut on my lips from one day ago and take one single food from a fork and my friend continue to eat with same fork. Can i infect her, if i were hiv+

Sharing soup with family member

Hi ..thank you for helping us..I'm hiv positive and I' really carefull to save other people in my family safe. I made a mistake last night and I shared soup with my mother who is in her 50s..I know sharing food is not a risk but I had bitten my cheek exactly 24 hours before that which had caused some bleeding..I don't think I was bleeding when I was sharing food and I got home and check my cheek and I just saw blood clot on my cheek..is this a risk for my mom? unfortunately I'm not on treatment cause I can't afford it...


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