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Worried about actual HIV status even after negative results?

Worried about actual HIV status even after negative results?

Well, was the HIV: Testing done after the window when you could have the disease but still test as negative? Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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


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Hiv medication question - how many pills or different pills a day are these patients taking?

Few: The most commonly prescribed regimens for people with HIV who need treatment for their HIV are either one pill once a day or three pills once a day. ...Read more

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Iam negative hiv..My question is; can I trust my negative anti HCV test after 22 months post exposure even if I have a low lymphocytes T4 t8 count ?

Iam negative hiv..My question is; can I trust my negative anti HCV test after 22 months post exposure even if I have a low lymphocytes T4 t8 count ?

Not sure HCV: Is a typo got hiv, but a low cd4 count points in the direction of repeating the HIV screen. Testing viral load usually followsa + HIV test which detect ab to hiv. Get retested for bothyourpeace of mind and safety. ...Read more

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How big is the chance of being infected by HIV when you suck a boy? How many percent? Is oral sex, very contagious ? I don't have hiv. Just a question

How big is the chance of being infected by HIV when you suck a boy? How many percent? Is oral sex, very contagious ? I don't have hiv. Just a question

Low risk: If the boy did not have HIV the chance is zero. Hiv can be transmitted through oral sex but the risk is low. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html. ...Read more

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Can healthy individuals get false positive ELISA HIV test? Final question. Does it always mean there's something wrong with someone if they get this.

Yes and No: Healthy people can get a positive screening test for hiv. Screening tests have high sensitivity but not very high specificity. Many issues can cause a false positive including flu vaccination. Mostly the cause of false positive is not known and it is not because there is anything wrong with the person who gets a false positive test. ...Read more

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More detail to my question about having sex with a woman that is HIV positive? My question is if I have sex with a woman that is said to be HIV positive, does that mean that i will contact the virus too?

More detail to my question about having sex with a woman  that is HIV positive? My question is if I have sex with a woman that is said to be HIV positive, does that mean that i will contact the virus too?

Many : Many issues come into play when were discussing HIV transmission. First and foremost...Was the sex protected (ie condom use). Using a condom lowers the risk of transmission virtually entirely. If there was kissing and oral sex involved..Was there exchange of fluids? The type of fluid matters greatly. If its simply saliva the risk is very very low. There is virus present in the saliva of HIV positively infected people but it is not to the level thought to cause infection. If there were open lesions or bleeding gums for example...The risk goes up. Another think to consider is was the HIV positive person on anti-retrovirals (meds for the hiv). If the person is undetectable (meaning the virus count found in the blood is almost nonexistant) then the rate of possible transmission goes down by 96%. Keep in mind these are only general guidlines. Its a complicated virus and disease that it causes. ...Read more

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Please help question about HIV medicine. Why have costs gone down so much?

They haven't: Costs haven't gone down yet in the U.S. Generics are available in resource-limited settings, which makes costs lower than what we pay in developed countries. Generics are coming in the U.S., which will lower costs. ...Read more

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I would like help with HIV and zoonotic disease questions?

Not Zoonotic: HIV is not a zoonotic disease. There are no reported cases of HIV transmission via mosquitoes. In general a zoonotic disease is one transmitted between animals and humans via insects. ...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