Category Archives: HIV Transmission

New HIV Strain Discovered in Woman

A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon. It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday’s edition of […]

Condoms May Reduce Herpes Risk – Unprotected skin may still transmit virus, but disease odds fall by 30 percent, study finds

People who use condoms regularly can reduce their risk of getting genital herpes by 30 percent, a new study finds. The herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) causes genital herpes, which is a chronic, lifelong viral infection. Although studies have found that regular condom use reduces the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) […]

Worried about HIV?

If you are worried about HIV it might be because you don’t know how risky your sexual behavior is, you have specific questions about something you’ve done recently, or you are anxious about something you’re interested in trying in the future. It’s important to have clear information about HIV transmission and prevention. Arming yourself with […]

To reduce the risk of genital herpes, use a condom every time

We’ve assumed that condoms can reduce the spread of genital herpes – but without complete, or at least well-quantified, confidence in the assumption. This fact sheet from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sums up the reason for such hesitation: “Genital ulcer diseases can occur in both male and female genital areas that […]

GLOBAL UPDATE; Parasites: Giving a Deworming Drug to Girls Could Cut H.I.V. Transmission in Africa

Schistosomiasis is a worm disease that primarily exists within rural Africa. The worms typically infect humans who are swimming or washing in snail-infested waters by leaving the snails and burrowing into the skin. The disease starts as a urinary tract infection, but if left untreated it can lead to genital sores. These sores provide an […]

I work at a hospital and was stuck by a needle.

I work at a hospital and was stuck by a needle while tending to a patient. What should I do? You should have already attempted to squeeze out anything that may have entered your body through the needle stick site. It may be a good idea to tell a supervisor immediately, although some people choose […]

Will I be safe from HIV if I don’t ejaculate?

This belief is, of course, misguided on so many levels that I wanted to give an overview of the general routes of transmission to try and achieve some kind of clarification. Semen transmits some major diseases, namely, HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. It can also transmit other diseases such as HTLV, a retrovirus that […]