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Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Hiv (Overview)

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 actually detects individual viruses.


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What is the definition of hiv/aids?

What is the definition of hiv/aids?

See below: Hiv means infection with the human immunodeficiency virus. Aids means acquired immunodificiency syndrome and means infection with the HIV virus and an opportunistic infection or a CD4 lymphocyte count of less than 200 cells/mm3. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
16 Doctors shared insights

Hiv (Overview)

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 actually detects individual viruses.


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How does HIV cause polyclonal cell activation?

How does HIV cause polyclonal cell activation?

B-cells: The ways in which HIV and hiv-infected immune cells cause overgrowth of uninfected b-cells, making them divide (polyclonal) and overfunction (polyclonal gammopathy, b-cell quasi-lymphomas) are coming to be known and are hugely complex. Best recent review http://www. Nature. Com/nri/journal/v9/n4/execsumm/nri2524.Html. ...Read more

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What is the most common HIV symptom?

What is the most common HIV symptom?

...: When someone is first infected with HIV they can have a flu-like illness. People can live many years without having any symptoms until their immune system gets weak from HIV and they develop an opportunistic infection (like thrush or pcp) or cancer. Hiv is treatable, so be sure to get tested and know your status. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of hiv?

What are the first signs of hiv?

...: When someone is first infected with HIV they can have a flu-like illness. People can live many years without having any symptoms until their immune system gets weak from HIV and they develop an opportunistic infection (like thrush or pcp) or cancer. If concerned about HIV exposure, see a doctor about getting tested. There are effective treatment options for hiv. ...Read more

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Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an ELISA assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...Read more

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Why dr use HIV RNA real tim PCR quantitve for diagnostic? In lab manual it stric and say only screen for infected patient. Do you also use for diag?

Why dr use HIV RNA real tim PCR quantitve for diagnostic? In lab manual it stric and say only screen for infected patient. Do you also use for diag?

Yes: It is a very useful test to use for acute diagnosis, befoire a person makes an antibody response. So if acute HIV infection is suspected, it is a useful test, absolutely. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! What do you do if you have HIV 2? How do you know if you have hiv?

Need doctor's help! What do you do if you have HIV 2? How do you know if you have hiv?

HIV: I am a bit confused. Your question implies you already have hiv. If so you need an expert to help you. Here is a site to find a specialist: http://www. Aahivm. Org. If you simply need testing your physician can help with this common request very easily. ...Read more

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What cause hiv?

What cause hiv?

Cause of AIDS: Human immunodeficiency virus. It may be acquired through sex, intravenous drug use or other exposure to body fluids of an infected person. ...Read more

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Frequent yeast infections. Does it mean HIV or other immune disorder?

Frequent yeast infections. Does it mean HIV or other immune disorder?

Conceivable: But you do not say if you are a man or woman, where the yeast infections are occurring. If this is vaginal, not necessarily due to immune disorder. If oral, get checked asap for hiv, etc. When yeast vaginitis recurs frequently you may be becoming reinfected by your male partner, who should smear anti-fungal cream on his penis while you are being treated for your vaginitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan fisher said except hepatitis b & c all std's are curable. Is it true? I've heard syphillis, gonorrhea, HIV can't be cured. They are only treatable.

Dr. Dan fisher said except hepatitis b & c all std's are curable. Is it true? I've heard syphillis, gonorrhea, HIV can't be cured. They are only treatable.

Most, not yet HIV: Syphilis is curable with antibiotics if diagnosed early, i.e. Primary or 2ndary. Tertiary syphilis with neurologic deficits can never be cured, only stabilized & germs eliminated. Similar for gonorrhea, must be treated promptly to eliminate bacteria, complications of of urethral strictures in men can be cured. Infertility in both sexes frequently incurable. Hiv can be stabilized by meds, not cured. ...Read more

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Please tell me what type of doctor treats hiv/aids?

Please tell me what type of doctor treats hiv/aids?

Infectious disease: Specialists often treat acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) ; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. ...Read more

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How is HIV treated?

How is HIV treated?

Medication: There are different virus strains, so depending on this and several other factors, the doctor will prescribe anti-viral medication. ...Read more

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Worried about actual HIV status even after negative results?

Worried about actual HIV status even after negative results?

Well, was the HIV: Testing done after the window when you could have the disease but still test as negative? Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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How advance has the meds for treating HIV come? Is it tru that as long as you take your meds that you can live as long as someone without?

Longer...: It seems that new advances are made in the field of HIV treatments every day. If you, or someone you know has been told this you should be discussing the matter with your primary care doc; and an infectious disease doctor. And for your privacy the internet should not be the place of dicsussion for this topic. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for HIV and hapis?

What is the best treatment for HIV and hapis?

Hard question: YOu should seek the advice of HIV specialist. The antivirals are the best treatment but very expensive. HAPIS is hIV AIDS intervention system. The treatment best used is the combintation of retrovirals. I hope you are able to get these. Please use protected sex at this point to prevent further spread. ...Read more

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Are there effective treatments for hiv?

Yes, but no cure.: Hiv, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the virus that causes aids. While there is still no cure for HIV infection, highly active anti-retroviral therapy (haart) is used to keep the disease from progressing. People who are on haart, typically a combination of different medications, can live essentially normal lives. ...Read more

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Will garani mw1 herb can cure hiv?

Will garani mw1 herb can cure hiv?

Any studies?: I visited the companies website to learn more about this product. I also tried to search to see if there have been any published studies about the active ingredient and impact on hiv. I was not able to find any data to support the claim that this product can treat or cure hiv. I would suggest spending your money on something else. If you have hiv, talk to doctor about medical treatment options. ...Read more

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I've been tested for gonorrhea, herpes and HIV and the results came back negative. I'm wondering how would I get rid of peeling skin on my penis?

I've been tested for gonorrhea, herpes and HIV and the results came back negative. I'm wondering how would I get rid of peeling skin on my penis?

Not an STD: Welcome to HealthTap. Thanks for your question. None of these STDs (nor any other) cause "peeling skin". Even if one of your STD tests had been positive, it would not explain this symptom. Any number of non-STD skin conditions could be possible. See a clinic or doctor for professional evaluation. Stay relaxed in the meantime; probably it isn't serious. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as a drug resistance in hiv?

Absolutely: With time, because this virus mutates continuously, variants will develop which are resistant, usually to one or more of the medications being taken. This is one of the reasons that several drugs are used in combination. It makes it less likely that resistance will develop, but this always remains a potential and presents a major problem in management of HIV disease. ...Read more

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Hiv rash photos in internet are like my rash. I have rash for 2 months so far. I took clozapine tablet a half per night for 2 yr. Can it cause rash?

Hiv rash photos in internet are like my rash. I have rash for 2 months so far. I took clozapine tablet a half per night for 2 yr. Can it cause rash?

HIV: Most of the conditions produced by immune deficiency are secondary infections or tumors like kaposi's sarcoma. There is nothing specific in way of a rash produced by HIV infection. Any medication may produce an allergic rash. Since cannot see your rash, suggest going to doctor. If you are concerned about HIV you should definitely be tested, rash or no rash. ...Read more

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Which HIV tests are considered genetic? What the meaning of genetic test? Is HIV DNA PCR a genetic test? And what type of test can detect all HIV types?

Which HIV tests are considered genetic? What the meaning of genetic test? Is HIV DNA PCR a genetic test? And what type of test can detect all HIV types?

No: HIV tests are not considered genetic tests. Usually HIV-1 antibody test is the first test, and then if this is positive then a confirmatory test is done ...Read more

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What is hiv?

HIV: Hiv is short for human immune deficiency virus.This is the virus which causes aids.And it is trasmitted by IV drug use and sharing needles and by having sex with a partner who is infected with the virus. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent hiv?

Abstinence, but. ..: We are humans- what is interesting is that this virus has taken advantage of what makes us quite human- as sexual beings! Otherwise, minimize exposure to body fluids (i.e. Use condoms), and get tested every 3 months if you are sexually active with more than one partner. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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


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