Portsmouth Ohio

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Many people do not have any symptoms when they first become infected with the hiv virus.  Some may experience flu-like illness within several weeks after exposure to the virus.  These symptoms usually disappear within a week to a month and may be easily confused with other viral infections and ignored.  This time period is very infectious and hiv is present in large quantities in genital fluids.  Other symptoms may not surface for upward of seven to ten years after becoming infected.  The virus may be actively multiplying, infecting, and killing the cells of the immune system.   

What are the consequences if my dog has not been properly vaccinated or is not up-to-date on its shots?

Confine your animal as ordered by the health department for the required ten day period. After this ten day period is up, take the animal to a licensed veterinarian who will determine if your animal requires rabies vaccination. If you cannot follow these orders in a timely manner please contact the health department and something can be worked out to suit your needs.


Approximately 1 million Americans are HIV positive Leading cause of death in African American males/females Ohio ranks approximately 14th out of the 50 states for HIV 25,000 Ohioans infected with HIV Over 40 million people infected worldwide Men having sex with men highest risk category  Females having sex with men are the second highest risk category Injection drug users are the third highest risk category 13-24 age group has the most new cases of HIV 1 in every 4 HIV cases is to teenagers

What happens after I confine my animal, have it vaccinated and send the paperwork back to the health dept.?

A letter will be sent to the person who has been bitten to notify them that there is no potential threat of rabies transmission due to the bite they have sustained.

The important thing to remember is that you are responsible for your animal. In the event that it has bitten someone and you do not follow the proper procedures and we cannot verify that the animal does NOT have the rabies virus, we may be required to advise a person to seek a physician as to whether or not they should take the rabies post exposure vaccination which is a series of five (5) doses and can be expensive.


HIV stand for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.  HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, or breast milk from an infeted person enters the body of an uninfected person.  HIV can enter the body through a vein (injection drug use), the lining of the anus or rectum, the lining of the vagina and/or cervix, the opening to the penis, the mouth, other mucous membranes (eyes, nose), or cuts and sores. 

Below are the most common ways that HIV is transmitted from one person to another: