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How could i tell if i have hiv?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Testing: If you have been involved high risk behaviors or have concerns about seroconversion - please seek HIV testing.
Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
A viral infection: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system. As the immune system declines, a person can get one of 20+ opportunistic infections associated with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV is an infection that has caused many deaths around the world. While it can be treated with medications, there is no cure at this time.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is there a cure for hiv?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
HIV Cure?: Unfortunately we've no reliable HIV cures. There are 2 documented cases of 'cure' 1. The berlin patient: received a stem cell transplant w/ a ccr5 deleted donor while on haart and has no evidence of active hiv. This is incredible but a stem cell transplant is not an easy process. 2. Mississippi baby: received mega-haart from birth to approx 1 yr ; has no evidence active infection we have hope.
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Can you tell me what is the use of HIV medications?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Life saving: Usual life expectancy for someone with new HIV infection is 8 to 10 years (without treatment). If a person has a good diet and practices a healthy lifestyle and takes a multiple drug regimen of antiviral medications, then he/she may live for many decades. Medications allow a "near normal" and high quality life for much more time than would be otherwise expected. Meds must be taken as prescribed.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is hiv?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Top resource for HIV: People in north america wanting basic and advanced information about the disease HIV or aids, diagnosis and treatment, resources, caregiving and prevention should start with this from the cdc: http://www.Cdc.Gov/hiv/topics/basic/index.Htm#hiv.

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