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when was hiv/aids first discovered?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
1981: There's lots of information about HIV/AIDS out there - and it's always important to know one's status and one's risks. You may want to try the CDC website, or wikipedia has a good overview. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS#cite_note-18 Talk with a doctor for more specific information. Infectious Disease doctors are specialists with HIV/AIDS diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I don't want to get aids, what preventative measures can I take?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Know your partner: All adults aged 13-64 should receive an HIV test regardless of risk. Knowing you & your partners HIV status is essential to avoid hiv. Using a condom is essential to prevent HIV & other std's. You may qualify to take HIV medication daily in order to prevent getting HIV if you engage in high risk sexual activity - an HIV specialist is needed for this. Iv drug users should never share needles.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I get HIV in other ways besides sexual intercourse?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes, several ways: The most common way to get HIV is thru unprotected sexual intercourse. However, other ways include sharing hiv-infected needles (often associated with using illegal injection drugs, rarely with tattooing but possible), receiving infected blood transfusions or blood products (though the blood supply is screened thoroughly these days), and passing HIV from mother to child thru breastfeeding.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Oral sex in which ejaculate from the penis is deposited on structures behind the oral cavity. The tonsils, lymph nodes in the throat, and other such areas upon which HIV may be deposited has been shown to be a source of disease.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can HIV increase my chances of cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Potentially: Poorly controlled HIV results in a condition where your own immune system is not capable of fighting off even common viruses and bacteria. Part of the normal function of the immune system is to kill cancerous cells in the body. So yes, HIV can increase your change of cancer in the long-term.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to live with an HIV positive family member?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: You don't get HIV from living with someone with hiv, only from sex. Close contact is not a risk.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How was hiv/aids discovered and when was the first person with HIV identified?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Long story, but...: In short, HIV was discovered by 2 groups (lav in 1983 - dr. Montagnier and HTLV-III in 1984 - dr. Gallo) in separate labs. Later in 1985, these were found to be the same virus, named hiv. The aids epidemic officially began on 6/5/81 after the cdc reported unusual cases of pcp pneumonia in 5 gay men in los angeles. In retrospect, the earliest cases of HIV have been traced back to around 1959.

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