AIDS/HIV - FAQs

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Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Sep 16, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the main routes of HIV transmission?

The main routes of HIV transmission are:

  • Unprotected penetrative intercourse with someone who is infected.
  • Injection or transfusion of contaminated blood or blood products taken from someone who is infected.
  • From an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, at birth and through breast-feeding.
  • Sharing unsterilised injection needles and syringes that has been previously used by someone who is infected.

2. Is there any association between HIV and other STDs?

Existence of STDs has an impact upon HIV/AIDS infection. The presence of STDs can increase the risk of HIV transmission.

3. Can I get HIV from a mosquito?

No it is not possible to get HIV from mosquitoes. When taking blood from someone mosquitoes do not inject blood from previous person.

4. Can HIV virus be transmitted outside of the body?

A HIV virus may live for some time outside of the body, but scientists agree that HIV does not survive well in the environment, making the possibility of environmental transmission remote.

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bijaykumar107

iwant to ask if there is no infectioninthe blood is there no risk of aids if two different groups of blood are tranfued if there is there and not the aids then waht is it \. can u please tell me

hivprevention

I find it frusterating that hiv screening can only detect the antibodies as opposed to the actual virus. Our governments need to allocate further investment into research so we can work towards more effective hiv prevention

trayfie

You can get a HIV DNA test. This test checks for the presence of the virus itself not the antibodies. This test can be taken 28 days after suspected exposure and the test results are highly accurate. Look it up for more information.

rkwat

AIDS is the silent tsunnami of asia.

guest

Very useful information but difficult to cite, especially in APA style. Would be helpful to include author's name and publication date.

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