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I have heard that one fifth of new hiv transmission in Africa are taken from hospital. Are hospitals in Canada or US risk free?
Hi, and thanks for your question In Canada, hospitals follow strict infection control measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We really do not see HIV acquired from hospital visits in Canada. HIV is most commonly passed through sexual contact or through sharing needles to inject drugs with an infected person. Have a look at our HIV and AIDS page for more information on how... Read Full Answer
Should I get tested after tiny drop of blood fall into my eyes?
Hi, and thanks for your question It would be very unlikely that an infection would get spread this way. Generally speaking, sexually transmitted infections are transmitted through sexual contact, not through the mode you describe. Of course if you have continuing concerns you could visit your family doctor for further assessment and follow up Let us know if this does not answer your question... Read Full Answer
Do I need to make an appointment to do a STI test?
Hi, and thanks for your question. It depends on where you’re testing. Some clinics require appointments and others offer drop-in access. Have a look at our Clinic Finder for a list of clinics in your area. Our Get Checked Online service might also be a good option for you if you live close to one of the participating LifeLabs Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you... Read Full Answer
I was wondering if it is normal for an 18 yr old male to be able to feel his lymph nodes which are about pea-sized. They are not causing any pain but I am worried it is std related.
Hi, and thanks for your question This can definitely be normal. Some people have bigger more palpable (able to be felt) lymph nodes very close to the surface of the body, especially if a person is on the thinner side. Others are naturally smaller and a bit deeper down and less easy to feel. The fact that they are not causing you any pain is a good thing. Of course we also do recommend... Read Full Answer
hello..my 17 month old daughter kept a cotton ball with blood in the mouth outside hosp...it had dried blood on it...I m worried what should I do??can she b infected with hiv??
Hi, and thanks for your question. We really don’t see HIV transmitted this way. HIV does not live outside of the body on surfaces or objects. Even if there was HIV-infected blood on the cotton ball, the virus would die within a few seconds and would not be able to infect an individual. From what you’ve described, there is no risk of HIV to your daughter. If you are concerned you could always... Read Full Answer