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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
Depends...: The answer depends.... If you are talking about symptoms of acute hiv, these may occur within 2 to 4 weeks of infection and include fever, rash, sore throat, headaches. Not everyone gets the symptoms of acute hiv. If you are talking about symptoms of HIV associated with more advanced disease, then usually this may take a few years before seeing symptoms like weight loss, fevers, night sweats. ...Read more
Possibly: It is not the race per se, but the activity which leads to HIV that can have a racial disparity. For instance, there are more black prostitutes in the United States; but there are more asian prostitutes in vietnam. So, depending on where you live, the race or ethnicity affected reflects the population of the area along with other risk factors (receptive anal sex, drug abuse). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find out!: In today's world, although there is no "cure" , the current available medications turn the disease from the death sentence it was 20 years ago into a chronic disease like high blood pressure that can be managed. Most of my patients, indeed almost all, have little if any problems from their HIV infection itself or the meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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