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‘The Doctors’ Dr. Rachael highlights the 3 riskiest ways to get HIV during sex

New Rachael Ross“HIV has always been at the crux and pretty much why I got involved in the media aspect of medicine, health and STD prevention,” shares Dr. Rachael Ross, family doctor, author, sexologist and co-host of the nationally syndicated TV show “The Doctors.” Teaming up with OraQuick, the first in-home rapid HIV test, is “a relationship that makes a ton of sense.”

Dr. Rachael is a recurring co-host on the Emmy® Award-winning talk show, “The Doctors,” and a practicing board-certified family medicine physician and sexologist who is fervent about spreading the word about testing and the life-saving importance of knowing your HIV status. She so candid and engaging, she’s often dubbed the Dr. Ruth of this millennium.

There are too many people who don’t know they have HIV. People aren’t getting tested, in light of the fact HIV incidences are growing, particularly in the black community. An estimated 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV. In the U.S. alone, nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV.

“When OraQuick approached me about teaming up so we could [develop] prevention strategies, it was one of those things I didn’t have to spend much time scrutinizing. Part of prevention is getting tested and knowing your status. For people to be able to test at home is a huge deal,” she shares.

You have to love Dr. Rachael, because she’s so frank and honest. She shares, “I’ll never forget my first home HIV kit. It’s like, we’re dating. You’re busy. I’m busy. We can no longer go to the doctor to get tested. Now we can test tonight over dinner.

“It adds another notch in your arsenal belt against HIV and towards knowing where you personally stand and the people that you mess with, or lay with, or experience sexually, now you can know where they stand to and feel confident about it. This is our issue now and we need to spend a lot of time focusing on how we get HIV, how we can prevent it. There’s more to it than just wrapping it up.”

When asked about the riskiest ways to get HIV, she responds, “The No. 1 way it is happening in our community is through sexual contact. The riskiest is unprotected receptive anal sex. The second riskiest is receptive vaginal penetration.” Blood contains the highest concentration of the virus, followed by semen, followed by vaginal fluids, followed by breast milk.

“When you’re penetrating anally or vaginally, there is a lot of tearing. That’s what puts the anal receiver at greater risk. That’s what puts women at greater risk. Those are the two riskier things you can do when it comes to [contracting] HIV. Anal is riskier than vaginal when it comes to HIV transmission. A less risky act that you can do sexually, so that both people can have an orgasm, is manual manipulation, i.e., a hand job or fingering, as long as there are no cuts or tears there.”

There are a number of activities that people can engage in when they are unsure of their partner’s status that are not as risky as anal and vaginal penetration. While it allows HIV transmission, oral sex is less risky than anal and vaginal, according to Ross. “They have yet to pinpoint a solid case where it is 100 percent sure that someone contracted HIV through oral sex. Let’s look at the basic science. If you just had braces put on, had some dental work or ate Frosted Mini Wheats without any milk and your mouth is cut up, then of course if you go down on somebody and there is a lot of blood present, semen or vaginal secretions, technically, sure you could,” she says.

 



5 Comments

  1. butter bean sugar on June 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    THE FEAR IS FOR REAL WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS , we need to educate the future teens , cause teens run a low risk but can you imagine if the highest risk were teens? omg that would be devastaing , cause teen have sex a lot .. more than we think ., that mean the future generation would be vanished by the time they turn 40
    THE HIGHEST RISK I HEAR IS women and men between ages 40-65 grandfathers got hiv now days … and on meds . . i think its gonna come a time when its mandatory to have it either when you visit a dr .or to get health insurence medicade particularly cause people have to have that .., or i think jobs are gonna start requireing it .. i know some heath care jobs require it now ., i think they should cause the fear of testing is really JUST IRRESPONSIBILITY .. THATS ALL PEOPLE WANT TO SLEEP WITH WHO THEY WANT AND NOT THINK ABOUT THE DANGERS!! PERIOD .. and what about wives and husbands they are not left out if your a wife why would you get tested if you think your mans cheating??? now if you know he is a cheater and has other partners your no more different than if your single ..!! all the married women who sware their man is faithful … run a hugh risk CAUSE YOUR LIFE IS IN THE HANDS OF A CHEATER A HUSBAND THAT HAS NO RESPONSIBLITY TOWARDS HIS WIFES LIFE ..MAJIC JOHNSON PRIME EXAMPLE … THERE ARE many of him out there dwayne wade , what if poor gabrielle gets hiv ..?? then he would still sit there and say i love you , im sure through her tears and getting retested she thought about that ,,
    she is so dumb did she even retest ? or is she one of the feared ones scared of results , and just cause dwades jump off had a baby dont mean nothing crackheads give birth with hiv babies and the babie is not effected . sooooo that is no excuse . HIV IS REAL .. GABRIELLE UNION !! GET TESTED AND SPEND TIME TEACHING OTHERS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF SLEEPING WITH A MAN WITH RISK SEX HABITS …

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  2. Stack Mack on June 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I think that it is very irresponsible on the doctor’s part for saying that HIV risk is very low when you go down on someone. It gives young people a false sense of safety. Even if it is true that HIV risk is low when performing oral sex…the fact remains that Syphilis in the mouth is not a good look neither.

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  4. Joy Ruzi on July 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    my name is joy ruzi I don’t no how to tell the word the greatest thing
    that happen in my life.I was so sick that i lose all the money I have in
    so many hospital still yet there was no solutions on till I go for
    blood test for different hospital almost five doctor told me I am H.I.V
    positive. & after then all hope I have was lost I was waiting the
    lord will called me. One nite I woke up in mind nite start crying so my
    mind told me to check in Google so I see many testimony about. Dr abiola
    I was daunting if the man is real a great man but just because of the
    testimony of his good news.I said let me try & I email him he reply
    me back I told him my problems he said that he will reply me back three
    minis time after he check the oracle. So he reply me after three minis
    & told me the doctors were says the truth of my blood test. He said
    it was spiritual H.I.V. I was having that he can be able to help me. So I
    respond to all the thinks he ask me to do. after then I go for a
    checkup in three different hospital the doctors were wonder and told me I
    am now H.I.V. Negative. . i am very very to thank. Dr abiola for
    doing great in my life thank ones again I will never forget you. am
    great full. If help is a great full man email at [email protected]
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