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How difficult is it to get on SSI living with HIV -1 ?

How difficult is it to get on SSI living with HIV -1 ?

Nearly impossible: Now a days HIV us easy to treat. Easy to survive. And treated patients are getting healthier. I know of no patient today where HIV would be a reason for new SSI. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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Can a person living with HIV for over 20 years still have the energy to live?

Can a person living with HIV for over 20 years still have the energy to live?

Of course: People with HIV can live long, healthy lives with proper treatment...Probably even normal lifespans. The goal is to die of old age, perhaps of a heart attack on the tennis court at the age of 95. ...Read more

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How many people are there in Africa living with hiv-2?

How many people are there in Africa living with hiv-2?

Hiv in africa: In 2010 there were approx 23 million people infected with HIV in africa. ...Read more

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Why does unexplained weight loss occurs in people living with HIV?

Why does unexplained weight loss occurs in people living with HIV?

Cytokines: Weight loss occurs with many diseases, e.g. tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancers, hyperthyroidism etc. Part of the weight loss is cause by release of cytokines by inflammatory cells. ...Read more

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How is it that people living with hiv/aids should tell their employers about their infection?

Depends on situation: In my opinion, the decision to disclose HIV status to an employer is up to the patient. However, i think this is a case by case basis. If an HIV positive individual is working in the food industry, then it may be prudent to disclose HIV in the event of a cut when preparing food to others. But if just working a desk job, it may not be necessary to disclose as chances are less likely to get hiv. ...Read more

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Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?

Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at
an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?

Immunocompromised: HIV patients have diminished immune responses, so are succeptible to unusual infections such as HPV. If infected with HPV, this raises the chances of having cervical cancer ...Read more

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In california government-funded anti-viral treatment plan, how many combinations of drug can be selected by the people living with hiv/aids ?

HIV treatment norms: I am not sure what you are really asking. But, all combinations of HIV medications should be available to prescribe based upon the genetics of the virus one has in their body. I do not know of any limitations in any HIV program. ...Read more

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Hi doctors. I have black/purple marks on my legs that are itchy at times and very painful sometimes. I've been living with HIV since 2009 and that is?

Hi doctors. I have black/purple marks on my legs that are itchy at times and very painful sometimes. I've been living with HIV since 2009 and that is?

You don't tell us: whether you are being treated for HIV infection, but I presume you are. The most worrisome thing, though it is associated with AIDS, not just HIV infection, would be Kaposi sarcoma, a serious skin cancer. More likely this is purpura which results when small blood vessels burst and blood pools under the skin. Clotting disorders, including low platelets, need to be excluded.Discuss with HIV Doc. ...Read more

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Can you have normal CBC wit diff and chem 14 and bun if you is living with HIV for 10 years untreated will your blood work be normal and x rays normal?

Can you have normal CBC wit diff and chem 14 and bun if you is living with HIV for 10 years untreated will your blood work be normal and x rays normal?

Perhaps.: Some people have HIV infection without producing aids. After ten years, their numbers can still be normal. Most, unfortunately, after 10 years will have had evidence on the cbc. The only way to know is to get tested. It is easily controllable with well tolerated meds now. ...Read more

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Can you live a healthy life even if you have HIV?

Can you live a healthy life even if you have HIV?

Yes: You can live a mentally healthy live with HIV -- IF you accept your condition unconditionally and never, never, ever, put yourself down about your condition. Self rejection is a major cause of an unhappy and unhealthy life. ...Read more

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Is swimming a good idea for healthy living?

Is swimming a good idea for healthy living?

Jump on in: The water's fine! huge enthusiastic yes! swimming stretches and works out your body all over. It's low impact so it's friendly for backs and knees too. So if you're feeling amphibious, it's a great way to get moving. But most of all, choose exercise that will be fun for you. If you're not inclined to swim, that's okay. You can find something else to do. ...Read more

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Is having too little sugar in my diet a bad thing? I'm trying to focus on healthy living. I'd be surprised if i got 500 mg of sugar a day in my diet.

Is having too little sugar in my diet a bad thing? I'm trying to focus on healthy living. I'd be surprised if i got 500 mg of sugar a day in my diet.

NO, a good thing!: There are no health benefits to having sugar in your diet. The less the better. See http://www.Nytimes.Com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17sugar-t.Html?Pagewanted=all;_r=0. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could bulimia affect healthy living?

Can you tell me how could bulimia affect healthy living?

Bulimia is dangerous: Bulimia may cause electrolyte imbalances that may lead to heart failure, as well as esophageal and gastric ruptures, all of which may be fatal. Other medical complications for bulimia include bone loss, osteoporosis, dehydration, kidney disease, anemia and low white cell counts, which lowers the immune system and creates vulnerability to disease and infection. Also, gum disease, tooth decay. ...Read more

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What part of the healthy living lifestyle would yoga go in?

What part of the healthy living lifestyle would yoga go in?

Mind-body health: There are many components to a healthy lifestyle including diet, minimizing toxic exposures, exercise, stress reduction, positive attitude & social connectivity. Yoga can be a great aid to reducing stress & hatha yoga can improve physical fitness. Yoga can help foster a positive attitude.If done in a group setting it may also provide social support.Thus, yoga can be part of many aspects of health. ...Read more

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How can you alter your environment to promote healthy living?

How can you alter your environment to promote healthy living?

Develop healthy relationships: relationships, exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, help others less fortunate than you, laugh more, play more, learn to relax. Stay away from negativity and look for the positive even in challenging situations. ...Read more

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Which are the main recommendations made by the healthy living pyramid?

Which are the main recommendations made by the healthy living pyramid?

The food pyramid: has been replaced by the "food plate" which you can find on the net. Many well trained in clinical nutrition believe that it is not much of an improvement. A visit to a clinical nutritionist is your best bet. Peace and good health. Government RDAs are very low. Over the counter daily vitamins are typically weak. ...Read more

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Healthy living: what furniture stores are particularly good about selling furniture that's free of vocs?

Healthy living: what furniture stores are particularly good about selling furniture that's free of vocs?

Hastens for beds: The gold standard, at least for "green" bedding, is hastens. The company reports it meets standards set by ├ľko-tex and others for home and environmental health. Mattresses are made with cotton and even horsehair! ...Read more

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Counting on your valuable support in seeking healthy living until the end of life. No questions to ask.

Counting on your valuable support in seeking healthy living until the end of life.

No questions to ask.

What a wonderful: attitude. Our "self talk" is very important. Cognitive psychology and an area of research called psychoneuroimmunology are topics you might enjoy reading about. Continued peace and good health. ...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


Dr. Pam Yoder
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Healthy Living (Definition)

Healthy living is a goal to strive for and includes eating a balanced diet, getting about 30 minutes of exercise daily, adequate sleep, and doing some enjoyable activities every day. Visiting a doctor and dentist regularly for preventative check ups can help ...Read more