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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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 hiv, will sepsis cause complications?

I have hiv, will sepsis cause complications?

Maybe: If your viral load is undetectable and your cd4 count is good, your are well protected. If not, your immune system is compromised and you are at risk. ...Read more

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Got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. Can I get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?

Got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. Can I get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?

Yes, and no...: That's unacceptable. The last thing that should touch your alcohol-swabbed skin is a fresh glove. Yes, that bare finger had microbes on it that were introduced through the needle, putting you at risk for a viremia, fungemia or bacteremia which may but probably won't *lead* to symptomatic sepsis & shock. If your immune system is compromised by chemo, transplant/rheum meds, or HIV, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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I have systemic infection this is started after sex with known, is this due to HIV or any other cause? Hiv tests RNA and ab negative.

Can't tell: You need to provide more details on the timing of the testing related to your last sexual contact. If you continue to have these symptoms (for more than 2 weeks) you need to consult your doctor to determine what may be causing them whether HIV or not. ...Read more

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Are elderly more susceptible to sepsis?

More than whom?: Persons over 65 are more susceptible to infections and to sepsis than younger adults, but not necessarily than children. ...Read more

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Are normal healthy people susceptible to sepsis, or do you have to have cancer or something bad already?

Either: Most patients who get septic do have an underlying disorder that weakens them and predisposes to severe infection. This does not have to be the case however. Sometimes individuals can get an infection in the community that is very severe and causes sepsis. ( bad pneumonia for example). This is less common however. ...Read more

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Are there certain people that are more susceptible to sepsis?

Yes: We don't know all the factors that predispose people to sepsis syndrome or septic shock, but older (age >65), malnourished, immune compromised (but with some immune system in place) , diabetic patients, and possibly morbidly obese patients are more at risk. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...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