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Hiv Fusion Inhibitor
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
Yes, but: Hiv is almost always deadly if not treated. But, if you get treatment and take the medications, it is not usually deadly in today's world. It is important to see a doctor experienced in HIV treatment, and to take your medications as the doctor recommends. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just started on enalapril 5.0 mg (vasotec) it is an ACE inhibitor. I - is that a possible side effect if pregnant?
Yes: All ace inhibitors cause fetal abnormalities including cranial malformation and kidney problems in a large percentage of fetuses who are exposed although not 100%. It is absolutely critical you not take this medication while pregnant. A few doses early in pregnancy are less likely to be harmful. All these drugs carry a "black box warning", that is they are dangerous in pregnancy. ...Read more
Numerous: Multiple classes of anti-retrovirals each containing several different drugs and each with a wide spectrum of side-effects. Too much information to be transmitted in this venue. If you are concerned about a specific compound, rephrase the question. ...Read more
Yes: The HIV mutates frequently, and when a mutation produces resistance to protease inhibitors this will allow that form of the virus to multiply over other forms which are sensitive. That is one of the reasons for a drug combination which makes single mutational changes less likely to be favorable to the virus. ...Read more
Is a potent aromatase inhibitor (letrozole) effevtive in delaying epiphyseal fusion and thus making me grow taller? I am 18 years old
Multiple causes: On the average, 0.2 percent of elisa tests give a false positive HIV test result that are then proven incorrect by a western blot test. Autoimmune diseases, recent vaccinations, multiple pregnancies or prior infections with hepatitis b, malaria or tuberculosis can stimulate the production of antibodies that cross create with hiv, thus producing a false positive HIV test. ...Read more
HIV Testing: If you think you have acute retroviral syndrome (mono like illness w/fever >38c, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, red rash on body) you should go to an er for testing ; treatment. An er can test you for HIV but it is not a good use of health care $$s. Your primary care doc or your department of health can test you ; you will not tie up vital services needed for acutely ill persons. ...Read more
Fatigue: Early HIV symptoms occur about one month after infection. These can include: fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and rash. These early HIV symptoms often disappear after another month and can be mistaken for those of other viral infections. Early infected persons can be very infectious. More persistent symptoms of HIV infection may not appear for several years after the infection. ...Read more
What to do if I'm 30yrs old female n HIV patient and my husband is not having hiv. we r planning for a baby is possible?
Having HIV: We now know with 100% certainty that an infected human who has HIV and is on antiretroviral therapy and is undetectable cannot transmit the virus to their sexual partner. Your OB may have you consult with an HIV expert during your pregnancy to keep you safely undetectable and to also prevent transmission to your baby. You can become a mother. You and your husband can safely do so if you're treated ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does vaginal fluid having HIV exposed to outside environment dies or not?some Dr say yes and some no?what is this u people r confusing me.
Viral biology: You need to understand the basics of viral biology to avoid confusion. All viruses require live cells to reside inside and survive; when the host cell dies the virus gets out and quickly tries to find another live cell to enter and if none the virus will die in few min to few hrs. Vaginal fluid has fewer cells than blood. Avoid having HIV-containing fluids mixed up with your own fluids ...Read more
Hi i don't know if i all will get all the reqrd answers here, i had protected sex various time n now developng HIV symptoms, need u r hlp pls...
HIV: There are no symptoms specific or diagnostic for HIV infection. If you feel you may have acquired this you should go and get tested, and if positive see an infectious diseases expert or other doctor who deals in HIV therapy. This is a treatable condition with medication and can be effectively controlled, hopefully until a full cure becomes available. ...Read more
Medications: If someone starts treatment for HIV before their cd4 count gets too low, takes the medications consistently, and keeps their HIV viral load undetectable, they should have a relatively normal lifespan. The cd4 count will also increase. It is so important to find a regimen that fits your lifestyle so you can take it (or a future, even better one) for the rest of your life. ...Read more
If u get a steroid tendon inj & r taking a cyp450 3a4 inhibitor at the same time is it like getting 3 steroid injections?
No: It is still one steroid injection. Biotransformation in liver is important for drugs given trough mouth, im and IV since those effect depend on concentration of drug in blood. Liver (and p450 enzyme system) has relatively little effect on drugs injected in joints, epidural space, tendons, body cavities. ...Read more
A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more
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