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I am worried about possible HIV infection?

I am worried about possible HIV infection?

Happy to help...: ...if we understand your concerns--have you been exposed or is your "worry" more academic? ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Hiv (Definition)

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


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What do experts consider the early symtoms of HIV infections?

What do experts consider the early symtoms of HIV infections?

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

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I am worried about possible HIV infection?

Happy to help...: ...if we understand your concerns--have you been exposed or is your "worry" more academic? ...Read more

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Are there racial disparities in regards to HIV infection?

Are there racial disparities in regards to HIV infection?

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 more

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What if I have HIV infection?

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 more

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How long after HIV infection does it take to show syptoms?

Variable: A few days after infection a person may have flu like symptoms. Then months, usually years later, other symptoms appear. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hiv-aids/ds00005. ...Read more

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What countries have the highest HIV infection rate?

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African: African countries tend to have the highest HIV prevalence, with swaziland leading at 26+%. ...Read more

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Most common manifestations of HIV infection?

Depends: Early on, you can get a flu-like syndrome known as acute retroviral syndrome. Afterwards, manifestations depend on what opportunisitic infection occurs first; it could be thrush, pcp, or any of a host of other infections or malignancies. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of HIV infection?

HIV infection: Unexplained fever, generalized lymphadenopathy, recurrent diarrhea, parotitis, hepatitis, CNS disease, recurrent invasive bacterial infection, and other opportunistic infections. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

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), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more


Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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Infection (Definition)

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