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HIV is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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
HIV Treatment Costly: The cost of HIV or aids is staggering. In the U.S. It is estimated that each HIV positive person who has access to medical care requires between 25, 000 to 30, 000 dollars for each year of treatment. The breakdown is generally as follows: 20, 000 for medications and pharmacies 4500 for the lab monitoring 500 for the doctor and their clinic. Please do not think that getting HIV is simple. It isnt. ...Read more
Not legal in the US: Currently prohibited by law in the US, this approach might be a reasonable way to expand the very inadequate pool of organs. We use this strategy for donors with hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The recipients must always understand and agree. Unless the law is changed, it is not an option in America. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acute HIV: Acute HIV symptoms occur soon after exposure to HIV and include "flu like symptoms" such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, muscle pain, malaise, mouth/esophageal sores. These symptoms last for a few weeks, and then patients largely do not have any symptoms. If you think you could have hiv, get tested. ...Read more
Window period: If a person has been recently infected and has not had time to make antibodies to the virus, one may test negative by the usual screening tests that look for antibodies to the virus. If you believe that you have been exposed to HIV and test negative, it would be advisable to get tested again after about six weeks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nobody knows: There is no "typical" life expectancy for HIV (or anything else, for that matter). Magic johnson has been HIV positive for over 20 years, and he seems to be doing just fine. No reputable physician will ever say, "you have x weeks/months/years to live" under any circumstances, much less when HIV is involved. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Human immunodeficiency virus is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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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