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Hiv Blood Environmebt
No such test: No. But it is well known that a HIV infected individual has virus lining the anal or vaginal canals. These viral studies show that these viral levels diminish after the first six months of infection. They do not readily correlate to the blood viral load which us the current standard and reproducible way to monitor HIV infection. ...Read more
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
Viral load in blood & semen vary, can you have HIV antibody test negative in blood with undetectable viral load but HIV virus contain in semen, tq?
Probable not: When blood is injected into blood culture bottles, white blood cells are unlikely to survive very long in the ambient environment, and with death of the wbcs the virus will quickly succumb to the lack of a host, and other factors. This is a fascinating question and although I have not researched it thoroughly, am not aware that this has been studied. Would live to hear from others. ...Read more
Yes: Transmission of blood borne diseases can occur through any mucosa if there are breaks present, even those that you may not be able to see with your eyes. Therefore it would be wise to avoid any contact with potentially infected material if you are uncertain about the integrity of your mucosal lining. ...Read more
HIV: If the blood drawer sticks themselves with the needle which has been in a vein or artery of an HIV+ person they may get HIV infection in this manner, but this is a very unusual occurrence. In order to get HIV you need intimate contact between a positive and negative person, either sexually, needle sharing, organ donation, etc. This is not an easy disease to acquire if you are reasonably careful. ...Read more
No: A negative test is a negative test as long as it is done with proper timing. ...Read more
Not Always: Exposure to most body fluids - especially blood & genital fluids - from a person with HIV has the potential to transmit the virus. If you have had an exposure discuss the details of that exposure with an expert - ideally within the first 24 hours. Steps can be taken in the first few days of an exposure to prevent lifelong infection with hiv. Locate a test/treatment site near you at www.Hivtest.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long can HIV virus survive outside human body in dried blood & liquid blood under normal circumstances ?
Definition: By strict definition that is correct.Get a more detailed answer ›
Why HIV antibody test using blood for detection not semen since someone may have undetectable viral load in blood but detectable in semen ?
Can HIV meds-combivir and sustiva (efavirenz) affect ones blood sugar levels? Viral load undet., t-cell 800+. Thanks.
Can CMV virus and type 2 diabetes together make the HIV western blot and PCR viral load tests false positive for hiv?
Its said HIV virus is spread via Blood, Semen and Vaginal fluid. Is HIV virus present in other bodily fluids such as breast milk and Human sweat?
Breast milk: Yes: The following fluids can contain high levels of HIV: Blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), vaginal fluids, rectal (anal) mucus, and BREAST MILK and can infect. Other body fluids and waste products—like feces, nasal fluid, saliva, SWEAT, tears, urine, or vomit—DO NOT contain enough HIV to infect. ...Read more
Possibly: If the person who does the coughing is HIV positive and if he has a positive viral count (he should know this if he is being treated), then the saliva and secretions can contain the virus. If this gets into someone else's eye, it can pass into the back of the throat and if there is a break in the lining you could get the virus in your system and have a problem. A lot of "ifs" to happen. ...Read more
Can HIV antibody not detected in blood test in lab after 1 year using 3rd gen test but virus present in semen hence might infect your partner, tq?
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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