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Does Hiv Always Lead To Aids
Exchange of fluids.: Unprotected sex (both heterosexual and homosexual) can be one route of transmitting hiv. Sharing contaminated needles (such as in intravenous drug use / abuse) can spread hiv. Receiving blood or blood products from an HIV infected donor can also spread hiv. The U.S. Blood supply is screened for HIV and other infections to reduce/eliminate risk of transfusion related infections. ...Read more
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
Uncircumcised?: Uncircumcised penis may be susceptible to getting a yeast infection especially after contact with a partner with monilial vaginitis. Be sure that you get this checked out. If you don't not have a yeast infection and your partner is circumcised, then ask him to get checked for diabetes. It has no bearing on HIV however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: In addition to causing aids, we now know that HIV also increases chronic inflammation and immune activation, which can increase the risk of complications like coronary heart disease, malignancies, decreased bone density, and cognitive dyfunction. There is a lot of interest now in HIV as a cause of earlier complications of the aging process. ...Read more
Secondary immunodef: As dr. Gallant explains, only hiv-1 and hiv-2 cause aids. If you are asking what other causes are there for other aquired immune deficiencies besides hiv/aids, then there are several. A new one was just reported this week from an nih team. Sometimes these are called "other secondary immunodeficiency" rather than "other acquired immunodeficiency syndromes (aids)". See an immunologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposure? testing?: Were you engaged in any activity which could have caused an exposure? Unprotected sex with a possible carrier? This can be anal or oral as well. Have you shared needles using drugs? If any of these exposures is in your history, then you could go and get tested for HIV which is available in most public health clinics or community hospitals in a confidential way. ...Read more
Living with HIV: No longer should any human get aids. But, that would be in an ideal world. Aids was a diagnosis that represented full immune collapse and thus diagnosed the patient of being at risk of deadly opportunistic infections. It was set at a cut off of cd4 cells of 200 or less. The goal today is to never let an HIV positive individual get a weakened immune system that is this broken. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The conspiracy talk is driven by cynical, big-money health frauds. Ask yourself -- if HIV were not the cause (as was claimed early), why do medicines that suppress this in the lab enable people to recover from the symptoms of aids and live normal lives? What conspiracy could be so great? Why do we find HIV in essentially everyone with aids symptoms? Why did ___ refuse to inject himself with hiv? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, theoretically: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system, leading to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (aids). As the immune system declines, a person can get one of 20+ opportunistic infections associated with aids. A person can also have aids if their cd4 or t-cell count (marker of immune function) is. ...Read more
Africa: Dr. Gallant from johns hopkins described it best. Hiv originated in sub-saharan africa in the beginnings of the 20th century. It originated in chimpanzees and apes. There is some question as to microbiology techniques in the early part of this century. For example bacteria was grown on solid organs of chimpanzees...Then the entire substrate emulsified then "purified" for the desired compound. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More about HIV/AIDS: The cdc ; who websites are a wealth of information on HIV and aids. The info comes from reliable ; well referenced/ researched sources. Most importantly: 1. Hiv can be prevented (safe sexual practices, screening blood products ; pregnant women/treating infected pregnant mothers, ; now appropriate use of preventative antivirals) 2. Hiv can be controlled w/haart in patients who take it correctly. ...Read more
About 10 years: In the days before we had effective treatment, the average time from infection to aids was 10 years. Many people progressed faster, and many slower. Now that we have good treatment, no one is supposed to develop aids, because treatment should be started long before you reach that stage. ...Read more
HIV disease : Hiv refers to human immunodeficiency virus. Infection by HIV always causes disease. This is commonly referred to as HIV disease. Aids is a term that is still currently used, but has little medical value. Aids generally refers to advanced HIV disease. Disease progression can be prevented by taking HIV medications. Thus people with HIV do not have to progress to aids. ...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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