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Is it possible to contract HIV through two different types of blood mixing?

Recently, at work, I overheard a debate about this and became curious myself.

Two individuals that do NOT have HIV/AIDS somehow get a small amount of blood into each others circulatory system.

Debated Result:
They will develop HIV from this because they have two different blood types flowing through them.

Basically, the argument is that if your blood type is A+ and you acquire some blood that is B- that enters your blood stream you will develop HIV.

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How long does HIV live in semen and is dried positive semen still infectious?

Hey guys have a question for you. Does anyone know how long HIV-positive semen is still infectious in a dried state?

Say, as a hypothetical, there was dried HIV-positive semen on upholstery and it has gone uncleaned with any disinfection products. How long would it have had to dry and the virus die for someone with an open wound to come in contact with that upholstery and there be no risk of infection?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

the HIV virus dies as soon as it comes in contact with oxygen

and michael has no idea what he's talking about  (+ info)

Has anyone suffered from Post Abortion Stress Syndrome? What did you do to help?

I VERY regretfully had an abortion this past winter. And three months later (as I was eventually expecting) I got really depressed. Then it changed into getting angry at almost anything. Picking fights with my boyfriend about nothing. I also, seemed to acquire a new found fear of bugs.
I kept all of my bad feelings about what happened to myself for so long...I didn't talk about it (I thought it'd upset my boyfriend too much- cause despite what people will think it's not something we really wanted to do - and I don't need to explain why we did) it's like they're all exploding at once now in an angry form.
This is not the kind of person I am. I don't want to be angry and irrational about everything. I don't want to hurt my boyfriend with my emotional mess.
I heard all of these are symptoms related to P.A.S.S. And I was wondering what others, if they had it, did to help them through it.

I don't need anyone to tell me how horrible I am, either. So don't waste your time.


what u need to remember is that it was not a bad decision to have the abortion - you are still a good person!

but you knew it wasn't your time to start a family. you didn't kill anything - you simple stopped a process. the government is very regulative about things like this, so know that you are NOT murderer. u just knew what you had to do and you did it. don't regret it, just don't use this option often. it was a mistake that happened and needed to be taken care of, and you were woman enough to take care of it.

as for your depression, everyone feels blue once in a while. but you cannot let yourself think too much on the abortion! u will overanalyze things and that will not help you get out of your funk.
don't tell people about your abortion because they wil judge you. do not talk freely about it because it is nothing to be boastful about.
DO WRITE in a journal. DO JOIN group. DO TAKE ATHLETICS that will help you focus on you, your appreance, your body, and your health. these are all tricks to help make you a better person sooner than later.
please use this advice. it's always hard to go through an ordeal that laters leaves you asking "what if" but asking that question rarely makes you feel better about anything.  (+ info)

How long does it take to become HIV positive after a sexual encounter?

There was this couple on the news where the husband is HIV positive but yet the wife and the child were not. How is this possible? Is HIV hereditary? Also do women who are HIV positive and pregant have to have a C-section? I was just really curious!

The amount of time between getting HIV infection and developing antibodies varies very widely. The vast majority of people with HIV will produce antibodies by around 45 days after infection. However, in a small proportion it may take up to six months for antibodies to develop, and in a very few people with HIV infection it may take even longer. This is one reason why a lack of HIV antibodies does not always mean freedom from infection.

There are also a number of tests which can look for the virus or parts of the virus itself (antigen testing and RNA viral load testing), damage to the immune system, or other aspects of the body's response to the effects of the virus. These should not be confused with the HIV antibody test.

Call your clinic for a test if you even suspect your partner has HIV. Call United Way First Call for Help (just dial 2-1-1 in most USA cities) for referral to a free or low-cost clinic.
Ed, RN  (+ info)

How much is the lifespan of HIV Virus outside the human body?

I was asked that there was a caution warning about finding some needls on the seats of cenema hall with a lable :welcome to HIV family...According to my knoledge the lifespan of HIV is not more then 30 second outside human fluids and this is a very short period to play such a mischif.Please make it clear.So this panic can be removed.

Depends on the virus. For example HIV usually dies fairly quickly outside of the body whereas Hepatitis B can live on a dry surface for weeks.  (+ info)

How long does HIV virus remain active in a person's body without manifesting itself?

If a person has had unprotected sex abt 15 yrs ago and he/she has enjoyed good health all these years could he/she still be infected? How long does HIV virus remain dormant in a person's body without manifesting itself? What are the chances that he/she could be infected?

As someone else indicated, although HIV is never dormant, and begins to damage the immune system from the time of infection, symptoms would not show up until a lot of damage has already been done. This may take 2 years, or it may take 6 or more years.

Although it can take years for symptoms to show up, people who have HIV would test positive within 3 to 6 months after getting infected. (More than 98% would test positive within 3 months.)

If you have any reason to believe you may have HIV, you need to get tested.

Great answer, Beetle !  (+ info)

How am i supposed to live a normal life if I suffer from ME (or chronic fatigue syndrome as its commonly known

ive been suffering from ME since i can remember. At 25 ive never been close to settling. I havent got the stamina to hold down a normal job and have had loads of jobs since leaving school. Ive been to counsillors, GPs, even a chronic fatigue clinic. None have helped. Im on Anti-depressents which helps a little, but it doesnt help my concentration or memory. I darent talk to any one about it cause i think people will just think im being lazy but its not that at all, i genuinely dont have the energy to do anything half of the time. Its embarrassing, and although ive hidden it well all my life, people are just starting to think im a waste of space. How can i live a normal life when i feel like this?

I don't think it's you. It's probably the low-level jobs you've worked in the past that make you think you have ME. Have you ever noticed that the higher-paying jobs are always the ones with the least amount of work and stress involved?  (+ info)

What is the name of the syndrome that the person may appear to have facial characteristics of down's syndrome?

I previously watched a documentary about sufferers of a syndrome whose facial features appeared to be down's syndrome but it wasn't down's syndrome. The grow to be quite large adults and have special needs. Does anyone know the name of this condition?

Klinefelter syndrome  (+ info)

How long does HIV live in blood and for how long is HIV positive blood still infectious?

Does anyone know how long HIV can live in blood if the blood is dried on a bandaid? After the blood has dried, Is it still infectious? If you stepped on a bandaid or touched one and came into contact with the dried blood, what are your chances of exposure to the virus if hue blood is HIV positive?

oh look someone else should have thought ahead  (+ info)

How long can a HIV positive person survive without contracting AIDS? Can they lead a normal life?

If a HIV positive person leads a normal healthy life on the medicine Atripla, what is their survival rate?

Indefinitely. It all depends on whether the virus gets immobilized or whether it goes to town. Magic Johnson has had the virus for many years, but has not developed the disease. He's doing something right.  (+ info)

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