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Early Symptoms Being Hiv Positive
Often times there are no symptoms. And once you are (if you are) positive there may not be any symptoms for a long time.
But, when someone feels their new infection it is like the worse flu of your life. Muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes a pale full body rash.
If you have high risk behavior then please find a doctor or clinic that knows how to do the new testing with an HIV rna/dna viral. ...Read more
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
Sometimes Years: There are some people called "slow progressors" that never develop any signs or symptoms of HIV infection & they are often surprised to find from routine bloodwork that they are positive for hiv. These people can, however, pass along the virus. That is why it is important for anyone the is sexually active in a non-monogomous relationship to be tested regularly. ...Read more
Can early stage aids still be treated, what if you were diagnosed HIV positive late after a number of years?
Treatable: It's better to treat early, but your live can still be saved if you're diagnosed even in the advanced stages. Any concern, get seen. ...Read more
I unprocted sex with a merried woman before ten years back I and she no symptomps for HIV may I am HIV positive?
Possible: Hiv can remain without symptoms for lengthy time periods (although 10 yrs is at the end of the spectrum for most persons). If you think there is any chance you have been exposed to HIV the best thing to do is get tested. If, on the unlikely chance you are positive, the earlier the diagnosis is established the better the outcome with therapy. Good luck. ...Read more
Even if I had unprotected exposure with a HIV positive girl, is it likely that I will start showing symptoms after 2 dys from a medical point of view?
No: No, but you should get checked and use protection regularly, every time! ...Read more
Yes: Any lymphatic tissue such as tonsils and lymph nodes can be enlarged by hpv. If you have no risk factors for hpv such as IV drug abuse, homosexual or heterosexual intercourse, or body fluid exposure then very unlikely. Suggest blood test if you have risk factors and tonsillectomy if they continue to remain enlarged, get bigger, hurt chronically, interfere with swallowing or cause sleep apnea. ...Read more
im 30 yrs old and Had unprotected sex 4 months ago, 4 weeks ago developed shingles on my back. Weak immune system, HIV positive? No prior symptoms.
Too important: Your request is too important to pass on even though it's confusing. If you're asking about chances of having contracted HIV 4 mths ago, definitely have a test and counseling and always use protection. If you know you are HIV+, please be responsible and avoid spreading it to others. Shingles has been seen to emerge in newly HIV infected folk, so please do test, DX and treat whatever you have! ...Read more
Yes indeed: Similar question a few days ago. Also you? With proper medical treatment and care by an expert, people with HIV can normal lifespa and pretty much normal lives, including healthy pregnancy, delivery, and children. Get care from an expert in infectious diseases in general or HIV/AIDS in particular; s/he will also be able to refer you to an ObG with expertise in managing HIV in pregnant women. ...Read more
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
~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
You haven't shared: What your risk factors or symptoms are. Please provide amplifying information ; re-ask or get tested. Take care. ...Read more
Blindness: The most devastating intra occular disease is caused by CMV (cytomegalovirus). When the immune system significantly fails, to the point where the patient has less than 100 cells mm3, a retinitis may develop leading to permanent blindness. It is classified as re-emergent disease from a dormant viral infection. ...Read more
No, but. . .: You need to get tested ASAP. If negative, repeat in another 6mo or so. In meantime, you can only have sex w/him if he wears a condom. And he needs to see an Infectious Disease specialist or someone experienced in prescribing HAART. He's going to need all your support & that of his family. HIV is no longer the death sentence it was when I first trained as long as one takes HAART meds as directed. ...Read more
Very dangerous: A person who has just turned HIV positive and is in the acute phase is extremely infectious. The disease can still only be transmitted, though, by the routes that are now well-known. Handshakes, sharing food, hugs, crying on your shoulder are all fine -- and the newly-infected person needs your warmth first and foremost. ...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
It's possible but...: If you're HIV+, and want to have a child, it is much more possible these days. However, I would strongly recommend that you speak with your medical provider about how to do this. It depends on who is HIV+ (female or male or both). There are ways to do this safely, so that the chance of transmitting HIV to the child is reduced. Would recommend seeing an HIV specialist that can discuss this further. ...Read more
You betcha: Body fluids are body fluids are body fluids. If the person is HIV positive and the pt is not under treatment then you are at risk. With the severity of disease process I would avoid this at all cost. Even the relationship. This is something that may readily affect any future relationships you have. ...Read more
Get ready: It is imperative that you start treatment at the earliest. Waiting for the disease to get worse is not in your interest. ...Read more
Yes, it is possible: Yes, it is much more possible these days due to the current anti-HIV medications. People are living much longer with HIV these days. I have quite a few older patients in their 70s and 80s that are doing well with HIV as long as they remain on their medications. ...Read more
Woman to man trnsmsn: That depends on the viral control. If someone had an undetectable viral load then the risk of transmission is low. If the man uses a condom the risk of transmission is low. If the man takes prep, his risk is low. It used to be estimated for every 20 sexual encounters with a woman positive for HIV that 1 would be infected. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Most of my married heterosexual patients who are HIV infected have a non infected spouse but your husband should be tested. You were on antiretrovirals? If it is "were", it is not good that you are off and you should seek medical care to see what your viral load and CD4 count are. ...Read more
Russian roulette: If your GF is HIV pos and you are having unprotected sex, you are putting your health in great danger. As to why you are still HIV negative, you need to make sure that it is not a lab error. Just like running a red traffic light, most of the time no accident happens but then you only need one major one to get toasted. ...Read more
Ball in his court:
He has to make some decisions, and hopefully he'll stay with you. If so, you need to take steps against him getting infected!
also, you need to take all your medicines and stay as healthy as possible for your child's sake.
See http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/resources/brochures/livingwithhiv. Htm#q8 for more information, no matter what he decides! ...Read more
How common is getting HIV from a HIV positive person!? My partner told me he's safe but I was wondering
HIV: You will not get HIV from an HIV negative person. This is only transmitted from infected persons to others by some form of intimate contact, commonly sexual. Go and have yourself seen in an STD clinic and tested, and begin using protected sex only unless your partner is tested negative and you are monogamous and trust your partner to do the same. ...Read more
If I get diagnosed HIV positive does that mean I'm not going to be able to live a somewhat normal life?
Life can be good: I hope that you test HIV negative, but with today's medications, your life can be near-normal. You'll need to disclose your status to the person if you plan to marry and if you're ethical to any partner. Your may not be able to get an organ transplant, and there will be some medication side-effects. Whatever happens, be strong and love wisely. ...Read more
What are good ways for HIV positive people deal with knowing they gave it to there girlfriends or others?
Why are you asking?: If you are asking as someone that has done this or gotten the virus this way, I encourage you to seek counseling. That said, most the time the hiv+ person passes the virus before they know they have it - sometimes soon after they are exposed themself. This is why sexually active people that are not exclusive to their partner or suspect their partner is non-exclusive should be tested every 3-6 mos. ...Read more
What method would one use to have a child in a discordant couple where the man is negative and the woman is HIV positive?
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
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