How does Sickle cell affect the risk of getting HIV is it lower or Is there a greater chance?

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  • 9 months ago
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    People with sickle cell used to be at much higher risk of HIV due to unsafe blood transfusions. However, that is no longer much of a concern in the US and many other countries. It's not unusual for people with sickle cell to need transfusions, especially when in crisis.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    People with sickle cell disease have weakened immune systems and are at increased risk for developing infection. As for the HIV virus, it normally takes a decent dose of hiv to spread. That's why HIV is rarely spread from woman to man. Sickle cell also weakens the blood vessels, the two issues makes it somewhat easier to catch hiv from an infected person. If the person's viral load is undetectable, you will still not catch it though. But if the person has a viral load and he has anal sex with you, the chance you will be infected are very high

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  • Marc
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    9 months ago

    Having sickle cell is irrelevant

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