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my friend said someone caught aids from tools at the hairdresser. i can't believe it. is that possible?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Not likely: I can't believe it either.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Wimpy Virus: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance fon those instruments and it got into an open wound, the odds are very unlikely.

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Is lupus like aids?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
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Not infectionq: Lupusis not an infection. It is autoimmune disease that the body causes inflammation in the joints, skin and other organs. It intreated with anti-inflammatory drugs, not drugs for retrovirus. Lupus patients can live a long time and the disease can burn itself out.
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How does aids affect the immune system?

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Hits white bld cells: The HIV virus (leading to aids) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "cd4+ t-helper" cell. With these cells knocked out, the body's immune system is crippled and left unable to fight off infections which would ordinarily be easily handled by a normal immune system.
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Is it a cure for aids?

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Dr. Ken Starnes answered
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Not yet: No cure for aids exists so far. With proper treatments, however, aids can be well controlled and you can live with for many years (though on average, much less than a normal life span). One should avoid unprotected sex especially between men and IV drug use, as those are two biggest avoidable risk factors.
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I have aids, what am I supposed to do?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
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Find HIV Specialist: HIV is a very treatable disease, but you need to find an HIV specialist that treats HIV positive patients and that follows this rapidly changing area of medicine. If you are in the USA, then http://aids.gov/locator/ is a great place to look for a HIV specialist. Click on the "services tab" and then look for "Ryan White HIV care" and "health centers".
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Is there any certain cure for aids? What about the famous "berlin's patient" ?

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Dr. Michael Silverman
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No : At this point there is no definite cure of hiv...The berlin case was very unusual and is the only reported case.

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