Posted by: Samantha | 2018/07/11


Cancer enquiry

Good day, I am enquiring if a cancer patient who is undergoing chemo can contract HIV through this treatment Thank you

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2018/07/12

Dear Samantha, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is spread only in certain body fluids from a person who is HIV+. These fluids are blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. It is known that HIV is spread mainly by having sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with someone who is HIV+. Chemotherapy is the use of any drug to treat any disease. But to most people, the word chemotherapy means the use of anti-cancer drugs for cancer treatment. The term is often shortened to “chemo. Surgery and radiation therapy remove, kill, or damage cancer cells in a certain areas of the body, but chemotherapy can work throughout the whole body. As there is no contact with body fluids from anyone else and, because there is no sharing of equipment, such as needles, during administration of chemotherapy medicines, there is no possibility of contracting the virus. (MCH).

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