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Can any other STI, illness or medication affect the production of HIV antibodies after 12 months. Tested 4 times at over 12 mon with home Rapid tests.

Can any other STI, illness or medication affect the production of HIV antibodies after 12 months. Tested 4 times at over 12 mon with home Rapid tests.

Results conclusive: The HIV tests are among the most accurate diagnostic tests ever developed, for any medical condition. There are no known illnesses, infections, or medical conditions that interfere with them, with the rare exception of certain potent immune suppressing drugs or diseases. This includes the home based oral fluids test. You don't have HIV. If sill concerned, get expert advice, e.g. an NHS GUM clinic. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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Ultra sensitive RNA PCR HIV 48-10, 000, 000 not dected along with 2nd gen antibody neg also 32days gonna retest with home access in5 days should I worry?

Ultra sensitive RNA PCR HIV 48-10, 000, 000 not dected along with 2nd gen antibody neg also 32days gonna retest with home access in5 days should I worry?

Probably not: Would retest in 6 months, but the absence of measurable HIV RNA makes this highly improbable that you are infected. The better question is how and why were you exposed, and do you plan precautions in the future. You may not believe this, but people lie about their sexual activities and whether or not they have std's. Be a boy scout and be prepared! ...Read more

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How long can you live without HIV medication?

Depends: Untreated HIV usually takes about ten years from the time of infection to full blown aids and death, but there are many variations on this timeline depending on the type of virus, immune response and genetics of the patient. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any alternatives to adap in paying for HIV medication?

Can you tell me if there are any alternatives to adap in paying for HIV medication?

ADAP: Yes, several. In Florida there are programs where if you earn less than $46, 800 a year, the state in partnership with the federal government will provide $800 a month for private insurance. Louisiana may have something similar. AHF (the AIDS Health Foundation) now located in several states may be able to help as well. Finally, writing to the pharmaceutical company for compassionate use works. ...Read more

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With medications will there be an HIV cure by at least the year 2020? Or around that area of time?

Living with HIV: There are some incredible research projects underway looking at creating HIV immunity. A whole group of us are working with the ragon institute to identify why some with HIV are protected. There are many other interesting projects. Have hope! ...Read more

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Is it likely for someone who isn't on medication to test negative for HIV at 7 weeks and positive at 12?

Is it likely for someone who isn't on medication to test negative for HIV at 7 weeks and positive at 12?

Yes: A person may not make antibodies to HIV, despite being infected for a few weeks to months, so called window period and later have a positive test when the person makes antibodies. ...Read more

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I am a 34 year old who has had HIV for 21yrs. I've heard that 22 years is like, the max for us? Is this true? What is the best medication for advanced

Not true: Amazing advancements have been made in the field of HIV treatment over the past years. There is no set maximum amount of time to live with hiv.

Have you been taking medicine? The best thing to do is regularly see your physician. ...Read more

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Are certain HIV medications becoming cheap?

Coming soon: In the us, there are some generic HIV drugs available, but generally not the ones we prefer to use. That will be changing in the next few years. Highly effective drugs like Efavirenz (brand name sustiva) will become available in generic form, which could lower the cost of therapy. ...Read more

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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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What are all the HIV medications? And cost of each?

HIV Treatment: Unfortunately there are now 34 different medications and the costs will vary from state to state. This is a site to answer personal health concerns with specific symptoms. There is a great website on HIV meds called aidsmeds. Com. ...Read more

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How do I know if or when I can stop HIV medications?

How do I know if or when I can stop HIV medications?

Question not clear: Its difficult from your question to determine if your talking about beginning the medications due to an exposure or stopping the meds while you have active HIV infection. The answers are very very different. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the use of HIV medications?

Life saving: Usual life expectancy for someone with new HIV infection is 8 to 10 years (without treatment). If a person has a good diet and practices a healthy lifestyle and takes a multiple drug regimen of antiviral medications, then he/she may live for many decades. Medications allow a "near normal" and high quality life for much more time than would be otherwise expected. Meds must be taken as prescribed. ...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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How can the current effective HIV medications keep the disease manageable?

How can the current effective HIV medications keep the disease manageable?

HIV medications: By suppressing the viral replication the virus cannot infect new cells nor damage a person's immune cells. Treat early and do not let one's immune system break is the standard of care now. ...Read more

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Can HIV last for 2 years in human body with no medication and no signs of effect?

HIV infection: HIV is a tricky infection because indeed, a patient may have it and not be aware until the immune system is totally wiped out and AIDS sets in. This is partly why HIV is so devastating - it's working behind the scenes to destroy the pt's immune system. On average that takes 8 years before the pt will present with AIDS symptoms. Thus the value in getting checked if any doubts are there. Be safe! ...Read more

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Cn HIV be passed on through oral sex if the person is on medication n its undetectable?

Reduced risk: If you are talking about the person on the receiving end of semen during fellatio, the risk is diminished by the reduced viral load, but not eliminated. Any sexual contacts with an hiv+ person still carries risk. ...Read more

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Why are the side effects of HIV medication the same as the symptoms of the disease itself?

Why are the side effects of HIV medication the same as the symptoms of the disease itself?

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

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Are there any medications that I can take to prevent myself from getting HIV in the future?

PrEP: Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) is now approved for daily use in hiv-negative, high risk people to prevent HIV infection. Examples would be people who are having unprotected sex with multiple partners. This strategy is called prep, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. ...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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Can an hiv baby survive for one year without any medication? Growing health without illness!

Can an hiv baby survive for one year without any medication? Growing health without illness!

HIV infection: In the US and developed countries the mortality rate among HIV infected children in the era of highly effective combination ART is 0.5-0.9 per 100 children per year
this treatment prolonged the life
in a resource limite dsetting the mortality is 4.5, 6.9, 7.7 percent at 1yr, 2yr, 3yr
combination anti retroviral therepy is associated with a good response if started early enough ...Read more

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What's symptoms do someone get from coinfection with HIV and hepatitis five months without medication?

Some or none: There may be no symptoms but either infection can make the other worse. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What would happen to someone that is coinfected with HIV and hepatitis five months without medication?

What would happen to someone that is coinfected with HIV and hepatitis five months without medication?

Depends: That depends on a lot of factors: which type of hepatitis (b or c), the CD4 count, HIV viral load, and the degree of liver damage. In general, these are chronic rather than acute conditions, so 5 months is not a very long time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone with HIV takes medication, is there less than a 1 % chance of becoming infected?

The new negative: Yes. Worldwide, numerous scientific studies now show that an HIV infected human on treatment with a fully undetectable viral load, cannot in any scenario transmit HIV. They are functionally HIV negative. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of coinfection of HIV and hepatits after six months without medication...Please I am anxious to know?

Hepatitis & HIV: You know hepatitis is an infection of the liver. Oftentimes, you lose your appetite, feel weak and fatigued, may have nausea and vomiting and fever and your skin color will turn yellow (as well as the whites of the eye). You will need to have blood work done and possible hospitalization. ...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