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Can Hiv Go Undetected For Years
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
My cd count is 500 after finding out a year ago I've HIV, how many years can I go before taking meds?
HIV treatment: The latest recommendations are to start treatment no matter 'what' your CD4 count. The reason is that you're losing immunologic function every year you are not on meds. The meds these days are much much better than in years past, so side-effects are less. I recommend you start a conversation with an ID doc about going on therapy. I have seen great results with the combination fixed-dose meds. ...Read more
I am going to be tested, but I may have have HIV for years, how do I know if it's coming out of the asymptomatic stage?
Lymph nodes: You'll have more than the usual handful of small palpable lymph nodes in the next, armpits and groin. ...Read more
My friend has HIV for probably 8 years with a rising CD4 from 382 to 427 % of 21.8. Anysuggestion on keeping the iimprovements going & avoiding arv's?
No guarantees: Taking care of one's health, not abusing drugs, and eating a healthy diet and exercise may help. An african study showed that those taking multivitamins and minerals had slower progression to aids then those who were taking placebo. Small studies showing aupplements like k-pax, or antioxidants like selenium, alphalipoic acid, coenzyme q10, and nac might be helpful, but not definitively proven. ...Read more
Better treatment: We've been able to successfully treat HIV infection since about 1996, but treatment has continued to improve since then. The treatment is now easier, safer and more effective than it was 10 years ago, so from that standpoint you could say it's less dangerous. But untreated HIV infection is just as dangerous now as it was 10, 20 and 30 years ago. ...Read more
Probably but...: Most likely that is the case. You could have a secondary test done to confirm ...Read more
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Yes: More than conclusive. Stop testing.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not good: You can look back and examine who your sexual partners were, whether you were using drugs at that time, whether you had a blood transfusion or transfer of other bodily fluids in an intimate manner, but confirming that this was the source will be nearly impossible. And, beyond that, what matters most is that you have recognized it and are going to be treated. Wish you well. ...Read more
Can Hiv shown up after twenty years in the body I did oral to another guys of right now I'm feeling ok?
Can you tell me if I had exposure to HIV a couple years ago would it show up on a rapid test if I had anything?
I've been with my man for 11 years then he finds out he has HIV, I test neg could he have had HIV for that amount of time?
Yes: In the old days when there was no treatment, among married couples in which the man was positive and the woman was negative and there was regular intercourse without barrier protection, about one woman in four would become infected. I am glad he found out and can be treated. You can love safely. Especially, I am glad that you have one another, and love and cherish each other in a rough world. ...Read more
What is the accuracy of the "non rapid" HIV a/b TESTING? I had a negative test 1 month ago and no possible exposure in 2 years. Thanks!
Nearly conclusive: Almost certainly you weren't infected. The most commonly used HIV antibody tests ("3rd generation" tests) detect around 95% of infections by 4 weeks, but testing at 6-8 weeks is needed for a conclusive result. The newer "4th generation" (antigen-antibody) tests are conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after exposure. Check with the doctor's office or lab about which you had. ...Read more
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
Hi, I have done 3 HIV self tests by using the French certified auto test VIH. These were done months apart and about 3 years post exposure. All were?
If the tests were done correctly and were negative at three years after exposure, you did not get HIV from that exposure. To be sure you may wish to get a HIV nucleic acid test.
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. 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. ...Read more
I'm on several HIV meds and just started them 2 months ago and was off them for 2 years. Been HIV for 8 years I'm on several HIV meds and just started them 2 months ago and was off them for 2 years. It seems when I take them I can hardly eat and feel very
You: You need to call the doctor that prescribed the medications for you and discuss your symptoms. I am sure you are not the first person to have stomach difficulties with these medications and your doctor may have some helpful solutions to alleviate your symptoms. Without knowing exactly what you are on, it's difficult to suggest solutions. That is why your own doctor is the best person to talk to. ...Read more
They can live even much longer than that.
Magic johnson must have been diagnosed more than 20 years ago and he's going strong. ...Read more
MYTHs: No. It never did. That is a false myth without a single basis of truth to it. ...Read more
Taking risk: HIV infection takes variable amount of time to turn into AIDS. By not taking treatment you are playing Russian Roulette with your health. Please consult your doctor or local healthcare organization to start treatment as soon as possible. You should also inform your sex partners of your illness. ...Read more
Yes indeed: This is exactly how HIV behaves. HIV infected people usually feel and look entirely well for up to 10 years, sometimes even longer. But the infection is not truly dormant; the virus is busy destroying the immune system. If you think you have HIV, absence of symptoms doesn't mean anything; you must be tested to know. If you are at risk and haven't been tested, do it now! Good luck. ...Read more
HIV infection: HIV is a tricky infection because indeed, a patient may have it and not be aware until the immune system is totally wiped out and AIDS sets in. This is partly why HIV is so devastating - it's working behind the scenes to destroy the pt's immune system. On average that takes 8 years before the pt will present with AIDS symptoms. Thus the value in getting checked if any doubts are there. Be safe! ...Read more
Please, get to see an HIV expert in person. These questions are missing so much detail and context and appear to be getting more and more panicked.
Any more an HIV positive man, with access to adequate health care and medicines, should expect to live a completely full life. My patients, today, that I care for are told that they will live for as long as nature intended if medications are taken. ...Read more
My friend who is 27 years old, got the HIV test done and the report says HIV : non reactive. What does it mean?
In general: Non-reactive means no response to the test. That is a good thing. ...Read more
If I had a possible HIV exposure 11 years ago and recently had an HIV test. Can I believe the results to be negative?
Absolutely: Be thankful for good health and get on with your life. ...Read more
I had a vaginal sex with my gf in 2009 for 5 to 6 times. Prior to that she (my gf) had a vaginal sex 2 years back. Am I safe for hiv?
My dad have hiv, we have live together several years. How many probability that I can got hiv? Can daily life spread hiv? What can I do?
It cannot: During the years in which there was no effective treatment for hiv, we learned that the virus is simply not spread in the family setting. It requires intimate contact, and even most married couples having unprotected sex and discordant for the virus did not infect one another, any more than brother and sister living together without sex would result in pregnanc. ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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