Dear Ask The Doctor: Hello Doctor, I m 27 years old woman. 167, 47 kg ( i losss my weigt about 3 kg for 3 monts ) I have a big problem. I m pregnant in weeks 13 now. My problem is i fell sick all the time. I have really bad nausea and i had really strange symptoms for 2 times when i m vomit its comes red spotting in my breast arround and just disapear fast after few minute. I have sore throat and come litle bit blood when sometimes from i throat i guess. I had really bad diarea and vomiting 3 weeks ago and went to hospital, then i get better now. But i feel still is always something wrong in my stomach. And now i got herpes in my lips, almost getting better after 5 days now. What i m afraid is i got HIV infection, because i just found out 2 weeks ago my bf , father of my babby have really bad habbit. He doing sex with prostitude 5 -7 times a months ( diferent prostitude everytimes ). I m really worried and afraid about HIV or Aids . We went to doctor to do blood test, and we still wait for the answer. What do you say? Do you thing all my sickness and symtomps is because i have HIV positiv? I m really afraid about that, and what to prepare if it is yes. And the most importand for me , how i can live with the baby later ? Will babby get it ? Thank you so much Regard Ies
Dear Is: HIV is transmitted when the virus enters the body, usually by injecting infected (needle stick) cells or semen. There are several possible ways in which the virus can enter: the most common, HIV infection is spread by having sex with an infected partner and the virus can enter the body through the lining of the vagina, vulva, penis, rectum, or mouth during sex. HIV frequently spreads among injection-drug users who share needles or syringes that are contaminated with blood from an infected person. Women can transmit HIV to their babies during pregnancy or birth, when infected maternal cells enter the baby's circulation. Many people do not develop symptoms after they first get infected with HIV. Others have a flu-like illness within several days to weeks after the exposure to the virus. They can complain of fever, headache, tiredness, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. These symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. After that, the person feels normal and has no symptoms. This asymptomatic phase often lasts for years. The progression of disease is different among individuals. This state may last from a few months to more than 10 years. Even though the person has no symptoms, he or she is contagious and can pass HIV to others. It is not likely that the symptoms that you described might be due to HIV infection, but, anyway, I strongly recommend that you get tested if you are in doubt or worried, because you were engaged in sexual activity with an individual who have history of high risk sex behaviors in his past. Testing for HIV is a two-step process. First, an inexpensive screening test is done (saliva it is just 20 minutes to get results). If that test is positive, a second test (Western blot) is done to confirm the result.