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how come the west nile virus and malaria are contracted by mosquitos but the aids virus isn't?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Growth : Hiv doesn't replicate in the mosquito, the others do.

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When should I get an HIV test while pregnant?

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Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
At first visit: The HIV (aids) test should be done as a routine test with the blood that is drawn at the first prenatal visit.
Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
If you have concerns that you could have contracted HIV recently, you may need to talk to your doctor and repeat the test later in pregnancy
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What does it mean to test positive for the IgG antibody to rubella virus?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
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Immunity: Having IgG antibody to rubella indicates that you have developed immunity to the virus either through prior exposure or vaccination.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What if I have HIV infection?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
There's Rx, need f/u: Hiv may not be the death sentence it once was in the early 1980's (bad memories of that), due to reasonably effective medical regimens, it is still a potentially life threatening disease. You should get tested (anonymously), and followed by a specialist in HIV (gnerally an infectious disease (id) specialist). Need to practice safe sex (they can explain in detail). If preg, coordinate id w/ob.
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How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Hygiene: Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare. The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What herbal medicine is suggested to increase cd-4cells and decrease viral load for HIV patients?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
None: There are no herbal medicines that have ever been shown to have these effects. People tried them all in the 80's and early 90's, before we had good HIV treatment. They didn't work, and many people died.

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