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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Hiv (Overview)

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 actually detects individual viruses.


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What is the definition of hiv/aids?

What is the definition of hiv/aids?

See below: Hiv means infection with the human immunodeficiency virus. Aids means acquired immunodificiency syndrome and means infection with the HIV virus and an opportunistic infection or a cd4 lymphocyte count of less than 200 cells/mm3. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
16 doctors shared insights

Hiv (Overview)

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 actually detects individual viruses.


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How does HIV cause polyclonal cell activation?

How does HIV cause polyclonal cell activation?

B-cells: The ways in which HIV and hiv-infected immune cells cause overgrowth of uninfected b-cells, making them divide (polyclonal) and overfunction (polyclonal gammopathy, b-cell quasi-lymphomas) are coming to be known and are hugely complex. Best recent review http://www.Nature.Com/nri/journal/v9/n4/execsumm/nri2524.Html. ...Read more

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What is the most common HIV symptom?

What is the most common HIV symptom?

...: When someone is first infected with HIV they can have a flu-like illness. People can live many years without having any symptoms until their immune system gets weak from HIV and they develop an opportunistic infection (like thrush or pcp) or cancer. Hiv is treatable, so be sure to get tested and know your status. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of hiv?

What are the first signs of hiv?

...: When someone is first infected with HIV they can have a flu-like illness. People can live many years without having any symptoms until their immune system gets weak from HIV and they develop an opportunistic infection (like thrush or pcp) or cancer. If concerned about HIV exposure, see a doctor about getting tested. There are effective treatment options for hiv. ...Read more

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Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an elisa assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...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