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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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Hiv Positive (Overview)

Hiv-positive people are people who have the human immunodeficiency virus hiv, the agent of the currently incurable disease aids.


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371.5 a HIV positive Result?

371.5 a HIV positive Result?

Insufficient info: You don't tell us what test you had. I assume that the number is the optical density of an ELISA for HIV antibodies. Depending on what the laboratory that did the test determines as positive, that will tell you if you really are. That is the best I can tell you. ...Read more

Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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Hiv Positive (Overview)

Hiv-positive people are people who have the human immunodeficiency virus hiv, the agent of the currently incurable disease aids.


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Living with HIV (Checklist)

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Can a HIV positive person have Kids?

Can a HIV positive person have Kids?

Yes indeed: Similar question a few days ago. Also you? With proper medical treatment and care by an expert, people with HIV can normal lifespa and pretty much normal lives, including healthy pregnancy, delivery, and children. Get care from an expert in infectious diseases in general or HIV/AIDS in particular; s/he will also be able to refer you to an ObG with expertise in managing HIV in pregnant women. ...Read more

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How long does it take to turn HIV positive?

How long does it take to turn HIV positive?

HIV: After being infected you can rapidly (within hours to days) detect the virus in the blood by pcr-rna testing. Antibody testing (usual means of testing) often becomes positive within 2 wks and sometimes later, which is why you should be tested at least up to 6 mos after exposure. ...Read more

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How safe is sex with an HIV positive person?

How safe is sex with an HIV positive person?

HIV is real: Hiv infection is transmitted sexually and in situations where blood is shed. Are you asking this because you do not understand how infections and viruses work? Sex with an HIV positive person can happen with protection. Your question makes very little sense. ...Read more

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Are HIV positive diagnoses usually difficult?

Are HIV positive diagnoses usually difficult?

No: It's very easy to diagnose HIV infection. The test is simple and highly accurate. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for a HIV positive individual?

What are symptoms for a HIV positive individual?

HIV Symptoms: Often times there are no symptoms. And once you are (if you are) positive there may not be any symptoms for a long time.

But, when someone feels their new infection it is like the worse flu of your life. Muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes a pale full body rash.

If you have high risk behavior then please find a doctor or clinic that knows how to do the new testing with an HIV rna/dna viral. ...Read more

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Until what age can an HIV positive person reach?

Hard to say: This question is somewhat unanswerable. Many folks on anti-retrovirals are doing well and have near normal life expectancies barring any complications. But there are many caveats in that it is exceedingly hard to predict for every case. You should be seeing an infectious disease doc who specializes in HIV as they are more up on new trials and can answer better. ...Read more

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How could HIV positive persons join the military?

It is disqualifying: "Presence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or serologic evidence of infection (042) is disqualifying. Positive Enzyme-Linked Immunoabsorbent Assay test (s) for HIV with ambiguous or inconclusive results on Western Blot testing is disqualifying." ...Read more

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When should one start medication when HIV positive?

When should one start medication when HIV positive?

~500: It is now generally accepted that HIV medication should be started when a persons CD4 cell count (your "t cells", the part of your immune system that helps destroy harmful pathogens and prevent opportunistic disease) is around 500. This does vary....I personally start people even at the 700-800 levels. Medications are very effective now a days and much less toxic than they were in the past. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could possibly be HIV positive?

Can you tell me if I could possibly be HIV positive?

You haven't shared: What your risk factors or symptoms are. Please provide amplifying information ; re-ask or get tested. Take care. ...Read more

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Should HIV positive women be allowed to have children?

Should HIV positive women be allowed to have children?

Yes: Yes. They have a right to have children like anyone else. As long as she sees a high risk OB and manages her HIV prenatally and during the immediate postpartum period, the risk for HIV transmission can be very very small. ...Read more

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What kind of eyesymptoms are they with a HIV positive?

What kind of eyesymptoms are they with a HIV positive?

Blindness: The most devastating intra occular disease is caused by CMV (cytomegalovirus). When the immune system significantly fails, to the point where the patient has less than 100 cells mm3, a retinitis may develop leading to permanent blindness. It is classified as re-emergent disease from a dormant viral infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: HIV positive?

HIV: Hiv-positive people are people who have the human immunodeficiency virus hiv, the agent of the currently incurable disease aids. ...Read more

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How can I determine if I am HIV positive or HIV negative?

HIV test: With a standard HIV test. This includes blood tests and saliva tests. There are also rapid tests that can given you a result in 20 minutes, including test that can be performed at home. ...Read more

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How likely is it to get HIV from an hiv-positive roommate?

How likely is it to get HIV from an hiv-positive roommate?

Doesn't happen: You won't get HIV from a roommate unless he or she is more than just a roommate. ...Read more

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My bf found out he's hiv positive, does it mean I am as well?

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My bf found out he's hiv positive, does it mean I am as well?

No, but. . .: You need to get tested ASAP. If negative, repeat in another 6mo or so. In meantime, you can only have sex w/him if he wears a condom. And he needs to see an Infectious Disease specialist or someone experienced in prescribing HAART. He's going to need all your support & that of his family. HIV is no longer the death sentence it was when I first trained as long as one takes HAART meds as directed. ...Read more

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How soon can someone contract HIV from a HIV positive person?

Very dangerous: A person who has just turned HIV positive and is in the acute phase is extremely infectious. The disease can still only be transmitted, though, by the routes that are now well-known. Handshakes, sharing food, hugs, crying on your shoulder are all fine -- and the newly-infected person needs your warmth first and foremost. ...Read more

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I'm HIV positive and had it for 4 years what should I expect?

Treated?: Most people with HIV on treatment can expect a reasonably good quality of life and life expectancy. Be sure to get regular checkup ...Read more

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Can an hiv-positive person live 10 to 12 years with medication?

Can an hiv-positive person live 10 to 12 years with medication?

Yes: They can live even much longer than that.
Magic johnson must have been diagnosed more than 20 years ago and he's going strong. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to have protected sex with an HIV positive person?

Not entirely: Using protection is better than not using it, but it is not 100% safe. See this site for more info and discuss the matter with your doctor.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/topics/testing/index. Htm. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm HIV positive and would want to have a child?

What do you advise if I'm HIV positive and would want to have a child?

It's possible but...: If you're HIV+, and want to have a child, it is much more possible these days. However, I would strongly recommend that you speak with your medical provider about how to do this. It depends on who is HIV+ (female or male or both). There are ways to do this safely, so that the chance of transmitting HIV to the child is reduced. Would recommend seeing an HIV specialist that can discuss this further. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get HIV from giving an HIV positive partner analingous?

You betcha: Body fluids are body fluids are body fluids. If the person is HIV positive and the pt is not under treatment then you are at risk. With the severity of disease process I would avoid this at all cost. Even the relationship. This is something that may readily affect any future relationships you have. ...Read more

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I sick I found out that am hiv positive but am not ready to take drugs yet?

Get ready: It is imperative that you start treatment at the earliest. Waiting for the disease to get worse is not in your interest. ...Read more

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If a person is HIV positive starting at age 20 then could they live to be 90?

Yes, it is possible: Yes, it is much more possible these days due to the current anti-HIV medications. People are living much longer with HIV these days. I have quite a few older patients in their 70s and 80s that are doing well with HIV as long as they remain on their medications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the chances for a man to catch HIV from a woman who is HIV positive?

Can you tell me what is the chances for a man to catch HIV from a woman who is HIV positive?

Woman to man trnsmsn: That depends on the viral control. If someone had an undetectable viral load then the risk of transmission is low. If the man uses a condom the risk of transmission is low. If the man takes prep, his risk is low. It used to be estimated for every 20 sexual encounters with a woman positive for HIV that 1 would be infected. ...Read more

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I tested HIV positive in 2009 and I was on arv's. Does this mean my husband is also positive?

Not necessarily: Most of my married heterosexual patients who are HIV infected have a non infected spouse but your husband should be tested. You were on antiretrovirals? If it is "were", it is not good that you are off and you should seek medical care to see what your viral load and CD4 count are. ...Read more

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I will like to know why my girlfriend is HIV positive and if I go for a test it always negative.

Russian roulette: If your GF is HIV pos and you are having unprotected sex, you are putting your health in great danger. As to why you are still HIV negative, you need to make sure that it is not a lab error. Just like running a red traffic light, most of the time no accident happens but then you only need one major one to get toasted. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person be HIV positive without having any physical symptoms/signs?

Sometimes Years: There are some people called "slow progressors" that never develop any signs or symptoms of HIV infection & they are often surprised to find from routine bloodwork that they are positive for hiv. These people can, however, pass along the virus. That is why it is important for anyone the is sexually active in a non-monogomous relationship to be tested regularly. ...Read more

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I just told my boy friend whom we have a child together im HIV positive.....What must I do next?

Ball in his court: He has to make some decisions, and hopefully he'll stay with you. If so, you need to take steps against him getting infected!

also, you need to take all your medicines and stay as healthy as possible for your child's sake.

See http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/resources/brochures/livingwithhiv. Htm#q8 for more information, no matter what he decides! ...Read more

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How common is getting HIV from a HIV positive person!? My partner told me he's safe but I was wondering

HIV: You will not get HIV from an HIV negative person. This is only transmitted from infected persons to others by some form of intimate contact, commonly sexual. Go and have yourself seen in an STD clinic and tested, and begin using protected sex only unless your partner is tested negative and you are monogamous and trust your partner to do the same. ...Read more

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If I get diagnosed HIV positive does that mean I'm not going to be able to live a somewhat normal life?

If I get diagnosed HIV positive does that mean I'm not going to be able to live a somewhat normal life?

Life can be good: I hope that you test HIV negative, but with today's medications, your life can be near-normal. You'll need to disclose your status to the person if you plan to marry and if you're ethical to any partner. Your may not be able to get an organ transplant, and there will be some medication side-effects. Whatever happens, be strong and love wisely. ...Read more

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What are good ways for HIV positive people deal with knowing they gave it to there girlfriends or others?

What are good ways for HIV positive people deal with knowing they gave it to there girlfriends or others?

Why are you asking?: If you are asking as someone that has done this or gotten the virus this way, I encourage you to seek counseling. That said, most the time the hiv+ person passes the virus before they know they have it - sometimes soon after they are exposed themself. This is why sexually active people that are not exclusive to their partner or suspect their partner is non-exclusive should be tested every 3-6 mos. ...Read more

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What method would one use to have a child in a discordant couple where the man is negative and the woman is HIV positive?

Antiretrovirals: There are standard protocols of anti retrovirals for pregnancy which have reduced HIV transmission to the newborn to negligible numbers in recent years. ...Read more

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What method would one use to have a child in a discordant couple where the man is negative and the woman is HIV positive?

What method would one use to have a child in a discordant couple where the man is negative and the woman is HIV positive?

Artificial: Insemination. The sperm of the man could be injected into the vagina of the woman. The woman should preferably be treated before hand to avoid transmitting the infection to the baby. ...Read more

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My friend works with HIV positive children and is in contact with them without any protection. How long before she catches it?

My friend works with HIV positive children and is in contact with them without any protection. How long before she catches it?

Will NOT!!: Hiv is not transmitted casually, and contact with people who have HIV disease is quite safe. In order to become infected there must be intimate exchange of body fluids through sex, shared needle use, organ transplantation, blood transfusion, etc. Your friend is doing the children and the community a great service, and thankfully she is not at risk of becoming ill because of it. ...Read more

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My friend works with HIV positive children and is in physical contact with them without any protection. Should he be concerned?

My friend works with HIV positive children and is in physical contact with them without any protection. Should he be concerned?

Generally No: Hiv is transmitted thru blood contamination or sexual activity. Blood borne thru a laceration maybe, but simple precautions handle this. So do not worry. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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


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