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Can normal blood tests detect signs of HIV two years after infection?

Can normal blood tests detect signs of HIV two years after infection?

Antibody to HIV: Routine blood tests do not examine for HIV and may not detect any abnormality due to HIV at two years after exposure. Antibody to HIV would be positive at that time. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Blood tests show my gf has a very very high level of allergy in her blood. I have a itchy feeeling for.10 months, HIV free, any ideas?

Blood tests show my gf has a very very high level of allergy in her blood. I have a itchy feeeling for.10 months, HIV free, any ideas?

Unrelated: Your gf's allergy and your itchiness are unrelated. Allergy is not transmissible through contact. However, you should consult your doctor to have your symptoms evaluated as it requires a more detailed history, physical examination and may be lab tests. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause lymph nodes to wax and wane? Chronic over 8 yrs. Tested neg for HIV, HERPES, cancers.

Can allergies cause lymph nodes to wax and wane? Chronic over 8 yrs. Tested neg for HIV, HERPES, cancers.

They ALWAYS do that: I'm glad you're health conscious. That's what lymph nodes are supposed to do. Everybody has a few palpable ones that come and go. They're your friends, fighting goodness-knows-what so you never know it attacked. Relax and be thankful for good health. ...Read more

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Protected sex condom/unprotected oral 6 weeks ago. I go to bed late and hav allergies and take allergy med. I hav been coughing and feel tired, HIV ?

Protected sex condom/unprotected oral 6 weeks ago. I go to bed late and hav allergies and take allergy med. I hav been coughing and feel tired, HIV ?

Get tested: It is unlikely that you have HIV. About three months after the last exposure, get a HIV nucleic acid test done. If negative, that will essentially rule out HIV infection. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Deliveryman brought plastic for mattress he's cut on his hand n blood was on it. Touched blood on it.i got cut n bad allergy on hand redness. Hiv risk?

Deliveryman brought plastic for mattress he's cut on his hand n blood was on it. Touched blood on it.i got cut n bad allergy on hand redness. Hiv risk?

Stop worrying: The deliveryman bled all over your mattress plastic, and you touched the dried blood where you have a cut and a rash on your hand? This is still an unrealistic fear. Dried blood is a solid and isn't going to percolate into tissues; even your rash and your cut are sealed by your fibrin. With concerns like these, you'd do well to get with your physician and talk about your fears generally. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex with sex worker 20 years ago but blood test is HIV negative to this day.Now have have family and all have bad allergy and skin rash. Do you think this is related?

Not likely related : If you mean by allergies - seasonal allergies to pollen, mold, pet dander, etc there that tends to run in families and cannot be "caught" from another person. Skin rashes like eczema often accompanies people with allergies and are common. Again, not contagious. Take care! ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...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