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what is the window period for hiv detection?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Best HIV Testing: If there is a high risk exposure the newer HIV dna or RNA viral testing can pick up the infection by 21 days. Remember if you do have a high risk exposure there is the effective prevention treatment to prevent infection. One has 72 hours to act to get you on this post exposure prophylaxis. (pep). It can lower the risk by 2000%.... Never be afraid to tell your doctor of exposure.
Dr. Amy Deeken
Pathology 20 years experience
3-6 months: Standard HIV screening tests actually test for the presence of antibodies that the body makes to fight the HIV virus. The period of time for the body to make antobodies is called "the window period". It varies in each person, but it is usually between 3 to 6 months. If you have the pcr test looking for viral rna, period is 10-14 days.

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What is hiv?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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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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Can I get HIV by sharing a soda with an infected friend?

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No.: Hiv is spread in bodily fluids, including semen, vaginal secretions, blood, and breast milk. People usually get hiv/aids by having unprotected sex with an infected partner, sharing needles with an infected person, or breastfeeding from an infected mother. You cannot get HIV from kissing or sharing a soda.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How prevalent is HIV across the world?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
1% aged 15-49: According to 2006 data, an estimated 1% of the world's population aged 15-49 has HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). This equals 33.4 million people. The majority of infections worldwide are in sub-saharan africa.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any legal ramifications for being infected by someone with hiv?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Perhaps: We all have an ethical and moral obligation to alert someone to an infectious disease or carrier state before engaging in any high risk behavior. So if you know you have HIV and you don't tell a potential partner, you are certainly ethically and morally obligated to tell them. There are occasionally legal issues that develop.
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Are people with HIV at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 23 years experience
Yes: People with lowered immunity for any reason, including hiv, are at increased risk for parasitic infestations and complications.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
That's true of some parasitic infections, but I'm not aware of any evidence that it applies to tapeworms.
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