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Dr. John Landi
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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I have hep c recently diagnosed had biosppy only in stage one does this I have HIV to?

I have hep c recently diagnosed had biosppy only in stage one  does this I have HIV to?

Do you have HIV?: I cannot tell what you are really asking. Are you asking if you have HIV because you also have hepatitis c? Or are you telling us you also have HIV in addition to hepatitis c? There is no correlation between being hepatitis c positive and having hiv. Now it is different the other way around. Those with HIV include a significant percentage co-infected with hepatitis c. ...Read more

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How long does one have to wait, for hiv-1 DNA PCR results?

How long does one have to wait, for hiv-1 DNA PCR results?

Just few days: Depends how fast the genetic lab receives the specimen, HIV virus dna analysed and identfied by pollymer chain reaction, or PCR making copies of sequence and identifies. ...Read more

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Is HIV conclusive after one year?

Is HIV conclusive after one year?

Nearly so: If the HIV nucleic acid test is negative, it is conclusive, if the antibody test is negative after one year, it is nearly conclusive evidence for lack of HIV infection. Positive result by either method would also be conclusive of HIV infection. ...Read more

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What symptoms would one have if he had early hiv?

Highly variable: Might look like infectious mononucleosis, acute flu-like syndrome, encephalitis, or a wide variety of other presentations. My advice would be that if you suspect you may have been exposed to HIV in whatever fashion, that you be tested whether or not you have any symptoms, since early initiation of treatment is the key to success. ...Read more

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Does HIV have a cure or are they close to finding one?

Does HIV have a cure or are they close to finding one?

No cure yet: Hiv infection can be suppressed by effective antiretroviral therapy . However, no cure yet. Vaccine also not very effective as of now. ...Read more

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How in the world can HIV be in one fluid, but not the next?

How in the world can HIV be in one fluid, but not the next?

HIV and bodyfluids: Because of viral tropism which refers to the cell types a virus infects.Hiv can infect a variety of immune cells such as t cells (cd4+), macrophages, and microglial cells.Therefore, infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk. Within these bodily fluids, HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected immune cells. ...Read more

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Please explain how long should one wait/stay for HIV testing?

No reason to wait: If you think you have been exposed to HIV see your doctor immediately to see if you need post-exposure prophylaxis. There are three different tests that turn positive at different times following exposure. The earliest time to test by HIV nucleic acid would be at about 6 week after exposure. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2095005/. ...Read more

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I've heard about HIV self testing. Which one do you recommend?

I've heard about HIV self testing. Which one do you recommend?

There are a couple: There's a couple ways to go for home testing. One is a test like the OraQuick InHome test which uses oral secretions for testing but it's pretty expensive and is an antibody test so can test negative during a window of time after exposure when you might actually be positive. The other test is a mail out blood test (finger prick) called The Home Access HIV-1 and it's sensitivity is 100%. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is inactive hiv....can one use protection and still get it?

What is inactive hiv....can one use protection and still get it?

HIV is not inactive: if you have HIV it is not inactive. You need protection all of the time if you have any potential exposure. The Protection is always needed but unfortunately nothing is 100% effective ...Read more

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What happens to the couples where one has HIV and the other doesn't?

What happens to the couples where one has HIV and the other doesn't?

May/Not transfer: In couples where one caries the DX of HIV it is important to learn as much about your own situation as possible. With proper surveyalnce and treatment the affected partner can decrease the activity/viral load of the disease and live a productive life. Within that live is the possibility of intamacy as long as you follow the guidelines of your drs.Transmission is possible but risk can be reduced. ...Read more

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Is it true that no one has ever gotten HIV from digital stimulation?

What's on the digit?: It is not the tool of stimulation that matters but what germs it carries! If the digit carries fresh blood or saliva that contain a virus, the latter may be transferred, although the efficiency of such transfer may be very low ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the HIV symptoms at one year possible exposure ?

Generally none...: While some people infected with HIV for one year might have some symptoms (possibly mildly enlarged lymph glands and feeling tired), many people would be complete without symptoms. They could be infected without knowing and could pass the virus to others without knowing. ...Read more

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Is hiv combo test conclusive at 28 days? Or should one test again after three months?

Is hiv combo test conclusive at 28 days? Or should one test again after three months?

Nearly conclusive: The combo test is nearly conclusive (98-99%) at 4 weeks, but definitely by 6 weeks. There is no need to wait 3 months. ...Read more

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Do I need further HIV testing if I had only one exposure and was before 6 months of test? Even if I had symptoms?

HIV nucleic acid: If you had a HIV nucleic acid test, six months after exposure, and it was negative, you do not have HIV. The symptoms may be due to some thing else. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can some one live with HIV for over 50 years/ Kenne heard about the HIV drugs that are taken once a year, can you please tell us about them?

Too soon to tell: The HIV epidemic started in the 1980's, so it will be the 2030's before the epidemic is 50 years old. Hopefully, there will be an effective vaccine or cure before then. Meanwhile, HIV is easily preventable because it is a virus that does not fly through the air and get you, nor does it sit on doorknobs waiting to jump on your hand. People usually have to do certain activities in order to get HIV. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more