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Having HIV and having AIDS – are both the same?

No, they both are not the same.

HIV – Human Immunedeficiency Virus is a multi-strain virus that destroys CD4 immune cells. These cells help our body fight infections. When the count of these cells drops, body will be easily infected by any kind of microbe. When ART (Anti Retroviral Treatment) is going on, HIV does not progress into AIDS condition easily where the CD4 cell count drops below 200.

AIDS – As HIV infection grows in the body, they destroy more and more CD4 cells and finally drop their count so much so that body can get infected by even a simple bacteria. Such a condition is called AIDS where the total immune system of human body is destroyed.

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Does HIV spread through casual contact?

No. For HIV transmission, doesn’t spread through:

  1. casual touching
  2. sharing towels, toilets, food etc

It is mandatory that there should be exchange of bodily fluids from infected person to healthy person such as unprotected sex, kissing with open wounds, sharing of needles etc

How long a person infected with HIV live?

It is not certain that a person infected with HIV will live only for 5 years or 10 years or 12 years. It varies from person to person and how well they are taking their treatment and how well their body is responding to those medicines.

The AntriRetroviral Medicines keeps check on HIV from multiplying. However, at one point of time, HIV takes over the body and turns into AIDS.

Can you detect just with symptoms?

Absolutely NO. HIV in some cases doesn’t even show up any symptoms. In some cases, people may experience rashes, sore throat, fever, flu, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches.

Just these symptoms are not enough to diagnose HIV because many virus will give the same symptoms.  You need to see your sexologist to get tested and undergo recommended treatment.

To know when to get tested for confirmed HIV results, please read the following blog article:

When to get tested for confirmed HIV results?

Is HIV Curable?

As of now, human trials are underway. However, HIV has various types of strains in their DNA which makes making a vaccine very difficult. There is no known cure for HIV infection in our modern day medicine. Read the following to know about the status of HIV Vaccine development and why there is no cure for HIV yet:

 

The HIV Vaccine: Why is it not there yet?

When both partners have HIV, is condom still required?

Well, it may sound like – the worst has already happened, who cares if you still need a condom or not. But, a condom would still be necessary.

Either of the infected persons may be having several other infections because HIV has weakened their immune system. They can easily get transmitted to the healthier person if a condom is not used, making the other person’s case also worse.

Can a HIV infected mother have a healthy baby?

Possible. If mothers get infected during pregnancy, the risk can be lowered by taking the right medication from an experienced sexologist. They should treat their infection with utmost care so that the baby is not born infected.

Does your insurance cover treatment for HIV?

Many / most health insurance policy providers don’t take care of expenses incurred due to ‘Pre Existing Medical Conditions’. If you contracted HIV infection after policy inception, then you may be covered as per the clauses mentioned in your policy documents.

You can check with your insurance provider or you can check with our admin team in our hospital after you consult the doctor.

60 Comments

  1. Hi Sir,
    I have query regarding a black, brown on the penis.
    I don’t know when I get that mark on the cap of penis little.
    Now I noticed it’s spreed as 2 or 3 marks.
    No issues or pain of it. Only change on the skin.
    I have consulted doctor and he mentioned it’s tinea or warts.

    Why we get that is it a problem?

    • Genital Warts are caused due to HPV infection. This is a viral infection and you if you have this infection, you can spread it to your partners.
      You must consult a good sexologist, get tested and take appropriate treatment.

      Thank you,
      Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran

    • Hi sir
      I recieved a massage with out oil, unsafely without condom with a un known person
      No other sexual activity involved.
      No vaginal or anal sex.
      Am i at hiv risk ? Please say sir.

  2. Hi Doctor,
    Can HIV AG/AB combo test detects both hiv-1 & hiv-2 virus?
    Is window period for hiv-2 is same as hiv-1?

      • Hi sir
        I recieved a massage with out oil, unsafely without condom with a un known person she was half naked. I was fully i just touched her boobs
        No other sexual activity involved.
        No vaginal or anal sex.
        Am i at hiv risk ? Please say sir

        On 14 days rtpcr qualitative negative sir
        I also took hiv 4th gen cmia at 26 days negative

        Hiv 4th gen at 28 days negative
        Vdrl syphillis at 28 days negative
        Hsbag at 28 days negative

        Hiv ecila combo also negative at 28 days sir
        Sgot normal sir
        Spot pc ratio high sir

        Hiv cmia test negative at 34 days

          • Hi sir
            I recieved a massage with out oil, unsafely without condom with a un known person she was half naked. I was fully i just touched her boobs
            No other sexual activity involved.
            No vaginal or anal sex.
            Am i at hiv risk ? Please say sir

            On 14 days rtpcr qualitative negative sir
            I also took hiv 4th gen cmia at 26 days negative

            Hiv 4th gen at 28 days negative
            Vdrl syphillis at 28 days negative
            Hsbag at 28 days negative

            Hiv ecila combo also negative at 28 days sir
            Sgot normal sir
            Spot pc ratio high sir

            Hiv cmia test negative at 34 days

            Hiv cmia test negative at 44 days again sir
            R these conclusive sir ?

  3. Hi sir
    I recieved a massage with out oil, unsafely without condom with a un known person she was half naked. I was fully i just touched her boobs
    No other sexual activity involved.
    No vaginal or anal sex.
    Am i at hiv risk ? Please say sir

    On 14 days rtpcr qualitative negative sir
    I also took hiv 4th gen cmia at 26 days negative

    Hiv 4th gen at 28 days negative
    Vdrl syphillis at 28 days negative
    Hsbag at 28 days negative

    Hiv ecila combo also negative at 28 days sir
    Sgot normal sir
    Spot pc ratio high sir

    Hiv cmia test negative at 34 days

    Hiv cmia test negative at 44 days again sir
    R these conclusive 

        • You kissed a woman who had a lip crack or do you have a lip crack?
          In either case, the chances are very less for the following reasons: (let’s assume that woman had a lip crack)
          a. You don’t know her HIV status, so the chances are 50/50.
          b. You didn’t have a lip crack, so, the chances of liquids coming from her cracked lip mixing with your body fluids are even less. Can’t put the odds but they are quite less.
          So, be cool. Get tested after a month, you should be safe most likely.

  4. Sir ,
    Can hiv spread by some one’s nail and blood fom his eyes.
    Actually we both were fighting. He also has infinite no.s of sexual partners of unknown standards
    We both quarreled at that time his eyes started. bleeding due to my punch i also had a small cut in my hand.

    But his blood didnt splash on my mucous membrane.
    it might had been splash on my closed skin sir

  5. Sir i am having phimosis problem. I used phimosis rings purchased through online. I got product after 3 days of order. Those products are returnable to seller.
    Now my question is, if those phimosis rings were used by hiv positive person, will I get infected? Please answer sir.

  6. Hi Sir,
    I have contact with sex workers several months before. I have low erection and quick ejaculate problem at time. I used condoms. But sometimes I have doubt about STD fear.
    After Day 89, night I had fever, after waking up morning is cured and one time diarea happened
    Last 8 months I don’t I have any contact with Sex workers.
    Which hiv test is I need to confirm , I am good or not?

  7. Hi sir i receiving a un protected handjob from massage parlour from one month back . after a month i had a fever 99.6 and feel very tierd and muscle pain and joint pain . i have a fear about hiv . iam unable to notice her hand she had any cuts or not.and pain in my lymph nodes (near jaw )

  8. Hi sir i receiving a un protected handjob from massage parlour from one month back . after a month i had a fever 99.6 and feel very tierd and muscle pain and joint pain . i have a fear about hiv . iam unable to notice her hand she had any cuts or not.and pain in my lymph nodes (near jaw )
    Can i lead my normal life with my wife

  9. Hi sir , yesterday i went for a blood test … Blood reports are fine .. But my fear is they are using the vaccutainer method to take blood … They are using the same vaccutainer holder for all patients . they are take the blood using the same holder after one patient and holder had a one or two blood drops also , After this incident should i need to take any pep or other kind or safety messures…

  10. Hi Sir,
    After having a potential exposure without sex worker, I had checked for HIV combo test at 44th day and result are non reactive. Whether this test is conclusive.
    The protection got ripped off, and I doubt I may be exposed.
    Please help me…

  11. I have unprotected intercourse with my friend not even one min but i took HIV 4th generation test on 42nd and 47th day negative p24 antigen also not detected is that conclusive or need to take further test?

  12. 1 month back i gave handjob to unknown guy he leaked in my hand and i washed it within few mins and he did’nt fuck me in anal and oral but he inserted his dick into my thighs, now im feeling body pain and burning feet for a week am i infected to hiv?

  13. Sir
    I had protected sex intercourse with an unknown person after I had intercourse I removed the condom and washed both my hands and penis, my mouth clips(I kissed her on cheeks) am I at Risk sir ?

    My Penis us un Circumcised

    I also washed the tap tip before washing all these sir

  14. Respected Sir,

    I had a Safe Sexual Exposures (Vaginal) on 26/04/23.

    Exposure was with condom after intercourse I Removed the condom and Washed my Hands and penis even My Mouth (Lips) on Running Tap Water. Before this first and foremost I Washed the Tap with Water sir

    On13th Day I had Hiv Rna Pcr Not Detected

    On 20th Day I had Hiv Rna Pcr Not Detected

    On 15th, 19th, 23rd, Day Hiv Combo Negative (CMIA Method)

    On 28 th Day Hiv Combo Negative (ECILA Method)

    On 29th Day Hiv Combo Negative (Cmia Method )

    On 35 days Hiv Combo Negative (Cmia Method) all the tests were Taken at NABL & CAP Lab,Sir am i 100% Negative Sir Please Kindly say sir?

  15. Respected sir,
    I had unprotected anal one time after 25 day i take first test elisa 1 & 2 and p24 combo then after 2 days did standard test. Those result are negative. I am safe?

  16. Hi sir, last 2 days I sex with transgender women with using condom i do sex 5mins, muy doubt is this 2 days sex occur HIV ?

  17. get a handjob from sexworker and she
    bite my nipples no other sex activity like
    oral or veginal or anal sex it cause HIV No
    bleeding on her hand and mouth.. But my nipple have some irritation it cause Hiv ?

  18. Hello Doctor,

    Yesterday went to a massage parlour and received a hand job..10 mins before the hand job she was peeling off skin from torn cuticle (near nails). I am not sure if little bit blood came out.

    Then she gave me a hand job which lasted for a minute..i didnt not have any cut in my penis or balls. and she didnt touch my tip defintely.

    she was clothed and i was naked.

    Is there any chance for the blood to infect me in case she bleeded. Please suggest me if i should consult for PEP. it happened before 30 hours.

  19. Hello doctor

    I had protected sex with the sex worker 22/08/23.
    After 15 days i check hiv duo ab/ag 4th gen test. the test results are 0.09 non reactive.
    32th day hiv duo ab/ag test results are also non reactive(0.12).
    But i have white tongue, joint and muscle pain, and uncomfortable stomach in past 3weeks. It’s any other disease or I want to recheck or go with the results.
    Please tell me sir

  20. Hello doctor

    I had unprotected sex with the sex worker 22/08/23.
    i check hiv duo (𝘾𝙈𝙄𝘼)ab/ag 4th gen test in (𝙈𝙀𝙏𝙍𝙊𝙋𝙊𝙇𝙄𝙎 𝙇𝘼𝘽, 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗮𝗶)following days
    the test results are
    𝟭𝟱th day-(0.09)non reactive.
    𝟯𝟮th day-(0.12) non reactive,
    𝟱𝟵th day-(0.14) non reactive
    But i have white tongue for last 𝟱𝟬days, and small 𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗽𝘀 on hand,bellys back and thigh. It’s look like small bean inside the 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻. And sometimes joint and muscle pain also.
    The results are reliable??_ 𝗼𝗿 It’s any other 𝗦𝗧𝗗 disease or go with the results.
    which 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆..????
    Please tell me 𝘀𝗶𝗿….

  21. Hello Doctor,

    I had sex with sex worker with protection.
    Due to anxiety, after 44 days I have done 4th generation duo test.
    Results came as non reactive.
    Result is conclusive doctor?

  22. Hi sir ,
    I kissed a girl her status is unknown , I had a bleeding gum that time.. But she doesn’t have a bleeding gum or other bleeding in her mouth… But her salaiva touched my bleeding gum .. Is that risk of HIV ?

  23. Namaste sir,

    Maine 26 March 2024 k unprotected oral sex kiya tha. Uske baad mujhe Jeebh me sensation Hua to maine 19 April 2024 ko apna blood sample test karne ko diya.
    Mera
    HIV 1/2 antibodies screening test, Serum – Result Negative
    HIV 1/2 & P24 combo test (CLIA) – Rating 0.235 rating Aya hai

    Mujhe ab kya Karna chahiye, please mujhe bataiye main bahut pareshaan aur dara hu… Kirpaya sage ka raasta baatye….. Apki badi meherbaani hogi. (Agar post do baar ho gaya hai to shayad mujhe pata nhi chal raha ki Mera post save Hua ya nahi) please don’t ignore… Kripa ignore na kare… Aap k help ki bahut jarurt hai…. Aapke jawab ka intezaar hai….

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