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what required ingredients to cure hiv/aids?

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Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
None: At present there are no established cures for aids. Recent case reports suggest that prompt treatment early in the course of infection might be curative, but this is far from certain, and once the disease is established it can be treated and suppressed but not wholly cured, at least with current technology.

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What are the differences between HIV and aids?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
CD4 count, illnesses: Hiv (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes aids (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). The amount of cd4+ t cells decreases over the course of HIV infection. When the CD4 count falls below 200 cells/mm3, the patient is considered to have aids. Also, if the patient has an "aids defining illness, " such as pcp (a type of pneumonia), they are considered to have progressed to aids.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the tests taken for hiv/aids?

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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
HIV: Hiv serology (antibody test) is highly sensitive/specific repeated eia test (serology) of initially reactive specimen is a common practice and is followed by westeren blot analysis to confirm the antibodies. In infants upto 18 months maternal antibodies transfer through placenta may not represent true infection in an infant. Hiv PCR test has high sensitivity and sensitivity.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How the hiv/aids t-cell counts works?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
CD4+ cell counts.: The cd4+ t cell or t-helper cell count is measured to determine the competance of an infected patient's immune system. This is correlated well with the clinical manifestations of aids. If the count is <200/ul, there is high risk of pneumocystis carinii infection. If <100/ul, theres can be cmv, or mycobacterium avium-intracellulare. Some places measure t4/t8 ratio counts.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between aids and HIV in gays?

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Dr. John Overholt
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
Virus v disease: Aids is the manifestation of advanced HIV infection. The HIV virus destroys certain immune cells, cd4+ t-cells, and when those t-cell numbers get too low, the infected person begins to get unusual illnesses. This syndrome of illnesses is called aids. Straight people get HIV too.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between HIV and full-blown aids?

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Dr. John Overholt
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
Virus v disease: Aids is the manifestation of advanced HIV infection. The HIV virus destroys certain immune cells, cd4+ t-cells, and when those t-cell numbers get too low, the infected person begins to get unusual illnesses. This syndrome of illnesses is called aids.

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