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Against All Odds: What Are Your Chances of Getting HIV in These Scenarios?

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vonnie

There is NOT a single documented case of transmission thru oral! So, how can this article not state this FACT? Also, if a person is undetectable (which means the virus is NOT active) it is impossible to transmit it!!!!

July 11, 2017

Thaddeus Buttmunch MD

(continued) In MY Mind, the only plausible explanation for this Paradox, is the Biphasic nature of HIV/AIDS. As stated in the article, HIV+ people are exponentially more contagious in the few weeks after getting the virus. There are remarkable differences in viral load with age. A young teen may have 10*5 virions/ml where as an older victim would have 1000 times that much(!!) I believe the epidemic started by those with early AIDS (Kaposi Sarcoma) and high loads. 1981 41 KS cases lived for years

June 5, 2017

Thaddeus Buttmunch

Speaking as a Physician-Epidemics fascinate me-and not in any morbid way. There Are some things about the AIDS epidemic that don't add up: 1. It's a known fact that there were a handful of HIV+ men in NYC in the early Seventies, BUT... 2. It is Also known that as of 1980, "only" about 7% of NY Gays had HIV. However... 3. by about 1985, the vast majority (maybe 70% did.) WHY??? Before you say: "there were no tests until 1985" understand that tests have been done on preserved, stored blood...

June 4, 2017

elevatorrepairman

I'm one of those super-rare men who contracted HIV orally. My partner was newly infected, with a very high viral load, and I caught it by swallowing his pre-cum. Getting my diagnosis was a shock; I'd always used condoms. But 3 years later, I'm undetectable, in good health, and grateful for modern medicine. Getting HIV sucks, undoubtedly. But at the end of the day, I'm FINE. If you're reading, please begin PrEP. An optional daily pill (which you can quit one day) is better than a mandatory one.

May 22, 2017 NYC

Mary Frydenberg

My question is this......is it true that Science says you can't spread HIV if your viral load is above a certain viral count? I know some states still prosecute the spreading of HIV based on unprotected sex while other states will prosecute based on viral load? I don't even know if I'm stating this question correctly.

April 16, 2017

Terrified

As a gay man, reading this article only made my fear of contracting HIV go up even more. And the information I found from multiple googled articles got me confused and even more terrified. You may think of me whatever you want, but with all those horrifying odds, I promised myself never to get this disease, even if it means never having sex again.

January 29, 2017

Bad article

I think the article should have started with the reasons for the discrepant statistics: being topped by someone in an a acute phase of infection is inherently more likely to pass along the virus. Please stop stating it is difficult to contract HIV. It took ONE act of unprotected anal sex for me to contract HIV. I fully believe the other person didn't realize he was poz. Lesson, take precautions.

November 11, 2016

Guest

"It's also important to realize that during acute infection, the immune system has not yet created the antibodies that lower viral load, at least for a few years." Antibodies are produced within a week to 3 months after infection - not a few years.

October 2, 2016

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