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Doctor insights on: Hiv/Aids During Pregnancy

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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 you tell me what is HIV aids in pregnancy?

A disaster...: Not really. Hiv in pregnancy is similar to HIV in non-pregnant persons except that pregnancy suppresses our immune system and the virus can be more aggressive if untreated. The major issue is the other life that is affected and the concern for mother to child transmission. We have persons with aids now having children with very low risk for transmission if they are on haart and followed closely. ...Read more

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What is worse for the next generation - teen pregnancy + stds, hiv/aids + homosexuality?

What is worse for the next generation - teen pregnancy + stds, hiv/aids + homosexuality?

Predictions: All of the above have been around for generations except for HIV (1981). Homosexuality is only a problem of intolerance, which is one of the world's major problems, causing religious, social, economic and other conflicts. If i could predict what the next generation will find threatening perhaps i could also invest more wisely. ...Read more

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When I have blood drawn during a visit to my doctor will it be tested for STDs and hiv/aids aside from proper health functioning?

When I have blood drawn during a visit to my doctor will it be tested for STDs and hiv/aids aside from proper health functioning?

Not routinely: Routine blood test usually checks for blood count, liver/ kidney / thyroid test as well as cholesterol and diabetes screening. Usually does not include HIV and other std testing unless you request them. ...Read more

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How expensive is it to live with hiv/aids?

How expensive is it to live with hiv/aids?

Insurance : Any disease without insurance to live is expensive , certain state give medicaid insurance to HIV patient. If you have insurance for HIV meds and see doctor , it is like other disease like dm , hypertension , than no reason to worry. ...Read more

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I have hiv/aids early symptoms, what to do?

I have hiv/aids early symptoms, what to do?

GET TESTED!!: If you believe that you have early HIV disease you should tell your doctor so you can be tested and if positive started on haart immediately. We know that treating acute retroviral syndrome with haart decreases the damage done to the immune system from hiv. Get tested! ...Read more

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How can hiv/aids influence public relations?

How can hiv/aids influence public relations?

Should be no effect: Most persons with HIV do not even know they are infected. Most not infected with HIV do not know if the person next to them has HIV or not. This means that we should consider all persons as potential infectious unless we know their status. That means protection at all times: condoms, no sharing needles, don't put yourself in a situation where you may be at risk (drugs/alcohol). Be smart! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if george micheal has hiv/aids?

Can you tell me if george micheal has hiv/aids?

No, we can't: And even if we knew, we wouldn't tell you. We're physicians bound by the promise of secrecy. You won't find any paparazzi here. ...Read more

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Which gender is more at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS?

Which gender is more at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS?

Neither: Neither gender is more at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. It depends more on what risk behavior someone is engaging in. Thus, if someone is having unprotected sex or sharing needles, then this person is at higher risk for contracting HIV (whether the person is a male or female) than someone who is not engaging in these risky activities. ...Read more

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Is it true that hiv/aids medication has been discovered?

Yes: There are very effective treatments available now but there are no cures. ...Read more

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What happens to the person who - one day - cures hiv/aids.?

Win the Nobel Prize: He/she will probably win the nobel prize for medicine. ...Read more

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Are there any diseases that have same symptoms as HIV aids?

Yes.: The main symptoms of HIV / aids are related to immune system suppression. There are other diseases that can cause immune suppression, some of these include hematologic malignancies (leukemias), autoimmune disease (lupus, etc...), and inherited immunodeficiency syndromes. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me examples of hiv/aids being introduced to an area?

Can you tell me examples of hiv/aids being introduced to an area?

See details: Your question makes no sense. HIV is transmitted through unprotected sex with an individual who already has the virus. ...Read more

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How the hiv/aids t-cell counts works?

How the hiv/aids t-cell counts works?

CD4+ cell counts.: The cd4+ t cell or t-helper cell count is measured to determine the competance of an infected patient's immune system. This is correlated well with the clinical manifestations of aids. If the count is <200/ul, there is high risk of pneumocystis carinii infection. If <100/ul, theres can be cmv, or mycobacterium avium-intracellulare. Some places measure t4/t8 ratio counts. ...Read more

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What sexual activities cause HIV/AIDS?

HIV causes AIDS: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/ovarian It is the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Sex does not cause AIDS, it facilitates the spread of HIV from one infected person to an other, See the website listed above for more info. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for hiv/aids in the near future?

Is there a cure for hiv/aids in the near future?

Curing HIV: Nope. Not in the near future. There is nothing in current science, research or in medications that hold a real promise of cure. But, science is moving forward with significant gains in the knowledge it will take to get this infection cured. The big news is that HIV infection can be prevented after an exposure. This post exposure prophylaxis should be known about by all in our communities. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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