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Is pregnancy dangerous for HIV positive parents, should I be concerned?

Is pregnancy dangerous for HIV positive parents, should I be concerned?

HIV and Pregnancy: Many millions of people are now thriving with HIV in the world. Having an infected baby is nearly eradicated in the world. The whole world. Anyone with HIV should be connected to an expert. Pregnant or those HIV infected women who want to be mothers need to be on effective treatment and their OB or pediatrician must be ready for the delivery so that the baby is born uninfected. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 am HIV positive. I have a recurring white penile discharge how can I make it go away permanently & what’s the cause after it was treated last month?

I am HIV positive. I have a recurring white penile discharge how can I make it go away permanently & what’s the cause after it was treated last month?

Urethritis: You need to find out what it is. The first step is a urine test for gonorrhea and chlamydia naat. If either comes back positive, you need to be treated. If the tests are negative, this may be a different kind of urethritis, one we can't test for but that can usually be treated with Azithromycin or doxycycline. If you have sex with women, trichomonas urethritis is another possibility. ...Read more

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What causes one to develop an autoimmune disorder? And can you get one if you're HIV positive?

What causes one to develop an autoimmune disorder? And can you get one if you're HIV positive?

Autoimmune diseases: These diseases are particularly nasty because in actual fact the body is attacking itself. I think of the immune system as an army, & they r just itching to go to war- if there's a confused order somewhere instead of attacking germs they attack U! A rheumatologist can help. Treatment consists of slowing down that army-putting them back in the barracks. HIV/AIDS may actually help if immune sys weak ...Read more

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What is the cause of a chronic dry cough and flue in a patient who is HIV positive but started ARV therapy and their cd4 is normal.what is the best tr?

What is the cause of a chronic dry cough and flue in a patient who is HIV positive but started ARV therapy and their cd4 is normal.what is the best tr?

Mgt workup: There are several possible associated conditions with the symptoms described. I would suggest an evaluation to include a chest radiograph and repeat serial testing of his CD4 count. ...Read more

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I had sex with a girl i sepect to be HIV positive but after 2 days i started pep and the next i saw rashes on hand.What caused the rashes?

I had sex with a girl i sepect to be HIV positive but after 2 days i started pep and the next i saw rashes on hand.What caused the rashes?

Several associations: Rashes can be caused by many things including infections. Was the rash on the girls palms? This may be an indication she has syphilis. Its actually rather uncommon for rashes to be on peoples hands in regards to infectious disease. You need to have comprehensive blood work including RPR and titre, HIV testing and use a condom when having sex. ...Read more

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If I'm HIV positive, how can I ensure I don't spread the virus to my partner(s)?

If I'm HIV positive, how can I ensure I don't spread the virus to my partner(s)?

Safe sex, HIV Rx: Congratulations on your responsible approach! 1) Inform all partners so they can choose to have sex with you or not, or to avoid some sexual practices. 2) Always use condoms for vaginal or anal sex. 3) Be in medical care, religiously take anti-HIV drugs, and keep your viral load low. Your doctor or clinic can fill in the details. If you do all these, you will never infect a sex partner. ...Read more

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How long does it take to turn HIV positive?

How long does it take to turn HIV positive?

HIV: After being infected you can rapidly (within hours to days) detect the virus in the blood by pcr-rna testing . Antibody testing (usual means of testing) often becomes positive within 2 wks and sometimes later, which is why you should be tested at least up to 6 mos after exposure. ...Read more

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Until what age can an HIV positive person reach?

Until what age can an HIV positive person reach?

Hard to say: This question is somewhat unanswerable. Many folks on anti-retrovirals are doing well and have near normal life expectancies barring any complications. But there are many caveats in that it is exceedingly hard to predict for every case. You should be seeing an infectious disease doc who specializes in HIV as they are more up on new trials and can answer better. ...Read more

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When should one start medication when HIV positive?

When should one start medication when HIV positive?

~500: It is now generally accepted that HIV medication should be started when a persons cd4 cell count (your "t cells", the part of your immune system that helps destroy harmful pathogens and prevent opportunistic disease) is around 500. This does vary....I personally start people even at the 700-800 levels. Medications are very effective now a days and much less toxic than they were in the past. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an 80 year old to be hiv positive?

Is it possible for an 80 year old to be hiv  positive?

Sure: The HIV virus, and viruses in general, are equal-opportunity germs. They do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, or ethnicity. Also, "HIV positive" can mean a positive screening test, a positive confirmatory test, etc... A person is truly HIV positive if she has a positive confirmatory test that shows she actually has her own HIV infection. ...Read more

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Do public schools need to know if my child is HIV positive?

Do public schools need to know if my child is HIV positive?

Not generally: Most public schools follow guidelines require personnel to use of universal precautions in dealing with blood products or body fluids. Hiv is not the only blood born problem.Private schools will follow similar guidelines in most states. Most schools don't require disclosure but you may choose to have a single confidential contact.Bring your physician into the discussion if possible. ...Read more

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What happens if u sleep with someone HIV positive one time?

STDs: I would hope at age fifty you realize that STDs are transmitted sexually. It only takes one exposure for an infection. Even with HIV. Why do you ask? What happened? What is your concern? What do your test results say? ...Read more

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I'm HIV positive and can't exert to much how do I get the strength.

I'm HIV positive and can't exert to much how do I get the strength.

Depends : If your is well controlled antivirals you will gain strength by a good and healthy diet. Avoid food with high glycemic index . Excercise including aerobic and resistance. Mental relaxation and reducing chronic worries including constantly thinking about your hiv. ...Read more

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I'm HIV positive and i'm married and my wife wants to have a child is it possible?

I'm HIV positive and i'm married and my wife wants to have a child is it possible?

HIV and Pregnancy: Absolutely. This is now a common occurrence and many people with HIV are becoming parents and raising a family. Any good HIV specialist will be able to point you in the direction of those clinics that offer sperm washing...Cleaning the semen of all thinks except sperm and thus providing non-infected material to use in inseminating your partner. Congratulations. Go make a baby. ...Read more

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Please answer! what safeguards are taken to ensure that HIV positive patients 'rights to privacy are not violated?

Please answer! what safeguards are taken to ensure that HIV positive patients 'rights to privacy are not violated?

Wrong forum: You can check your local medical board and insurance companies for the policies about this. But your question is so big it is impossible to answer within our 400 character limit. ...Read more

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Does hair grow when you are HIV positive?

Does hair grow when you are HIV positive?

Yes: Hair will grow normally with HIV infection, except in advanced aids. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer if u have been HIV positive for 5 months?

Yes unrelated: While HIV does put you at risk for some cancers like kaposi's sarcoma that are uncommon in HIV - people, it does not mean that you are not at risk for developing cancers that other people are also at risk for. This, regardless of whether or not you have been diagnosed with HIV or when, you can still develop cancer related to other risk factors. ...Read more

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Could hiv+ positive children be required to reveal their status?

Could hiv+ positive children be required to reveal their status?

No.: There is no evidence that they are any more of a danger to the other students than any non-infected student is. The only thing revealing their status will accomplish is to alienate them unfairly. ...Read more

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I had an open cut and I kissed someone, if that person was HIV positive can I get it !?

I had an open cut and I kissed someone, if that person was HIV positive can I get it !?

Small chance: That is very low probability but it is possible. It is not worth risking it, follow up with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What kind of likelihood is there of an HIV positive woman giving birth to an HIV positive child?

Depends on variables: Untreated transfer has been recorded at around 35-40 %.In those treated with antivirals and managed well during pregnancy, the transfer rate drops below 5%. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...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