Frequently Asked Questions
Oral sex is when you use the mouth, vaginal sex is when you use the penis and vagina; anal sex is when you use the penis in the anus.
Nothing erases the virus but ARVs reduce its concentration.
Yes if there is proof that the knife or needle stabbed someone else who is HIV positive.
Sex using a penis and anus.
The ovum and spermatozoa the cells do not contain CD4 receptors hence they don’t carry the virus, When the sperm fertilises the egg there won’t be any CD4 or white blood for the virus to attach they develop later when the baby develops its own blood circulation.
It depends on how low it is , the chance remains there but it's far much lower in viral load.
This is up to an individual. Just avoid being infected as well.
Both can transmit HIV.
Yes either way there is a risk of transmission because there is exchange of body fluids.
HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC)
ARVs only stop the virus from replicating so if you take you can only become irreversible infected (positive) if the virus gets to the memory cells. So if you stop the virus from replicating you minimise its chance of finding the memory cells within 72 hrs (by the time you are in window period you are infected irreversible but the ordinary tests can't detect the infection.
HIV test is free in Swaziland , Viral load is about E500
If you get infected today the test we use can not detect the infection that early it can only detect it after 6 weeks , that period when you are infected but the virus can not be detected is called the window period (we don’t test for the virus but the antibodies against the virus , human body takes long to produce these Antibodies.
It mostly likely means you are negative , but about 1% of people take more than 6 months to completely show the antibodies we test for . So we usually say you are completely cleared if you test after 6 months.
If you test too early after being exposed to HIV then if we use the screening instant tests because they look for antibodies you might test negative yet you have the virus.
it takes 3 -6 weeks in most people.
If you are negative after ten moths then you are negative.
Not at all. Foreskins are incinerated in big government approved incinerators.
Yes, after 6 weeks. It is important not to engage in sexual activity before then.
Yes it is possible. When one wears umcandvo it is only the front of the penis that gets into the umcandvo and the foreskin is pulled back such that it remains outside of the umcandvo.
Just gently face the penis down when passing urine and gently face it up after you are done.
Yes you may. Counselors will refer you to do a CD4 count. If your levels are up to required standard then you are able to get circumcised.
Not at all. The injection will minimize pain during male circumcision and completely wares off after that.
Adverse events are very rare, and doctors are available 24 hours to deal with any occurrence of adverse events.
Historically, male circumcision has been associated with religious practice. In the Jewish religion, male infants are traditionally circumcised on their eighth day of life, providing there is no medical contraindication. The justification, in the Jewish holy book (the Torah), is that a covenant was made between Abraham and God, the outward sign of which was circumcision for all Jewish males: "This is convenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised" (Genesis 17:10).
If you have an STI during medical assessment, you are treated first and circumcised after treatment.