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How can I know if I have HIV?

How can I know if I have HIV?

Get tested!!!: HIV can present with no symptoms to extreme. If you have never had sex, you are unlikely to have contracted the disease. Assuming you are sexually active, you should get tested. Depending on the specific test used, the disease may be detected from 2 weeks and up to 3 months after infection. See your physician, if you don't have, one go to a sexually transmitted infection or walk-in clinic. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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Went to the doc he wanted HIV test, why, he knows I don't do anything to get it, scheduling PAP test in three weeks, not happy that he wants that test?

Went to the doc he wanted HIV test, why, he knows I don't do anything to get it, scheduling PAP test in three weeks, not happy that he wants that test?

Why are you mad?: Physicians are bound to think of every possibility for the complaints patients bring them. Everyone in the world is now offered HIV testing. One of the three leading groups of new HIV infections in America is women of your age. Post menopausal women are getting HIV. If you are not then you tell the doctor no to the test. ...Read more

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For some one who knows about butterfly needles Just wanted to ask had a blood draw through a butterfly needle with vacuum tube at clinic Can these be reused ? And do they inject anything or the natural flow is outward ? Is there any risk of HIV ?

For some one who knows about butterfly needles

Just wanted to ask had a blood draw through a butterfly needle with vacuum tube at clinic 
Can these be reused ? And do they inject anything or the natural flow is outward ? Is there any risk of HIV ?

Single use only: Butterfly needle is a short needle attached to flexible tube, It multiple uses either for drawing blood for blood tests or injecting medications so It is not a one way system. It is a single use devise, no risk of HIV for sterile single use. Multiple use carry the risk of blood born infections including HIV ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hiv?

Get tested for HIV: The only way to know for sure is to get tested forhiv if you're concerned. There are no telltale signs of HIV infection. In fact, many people have no symptoms whatsoever, until their HIV becomes advanced and then they get sick, which may take several years. If you are sexually active, the recommendations are to get an HIV test yearly, although i recommend every 6 months if you are at higher risk. ...Read more

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What to do if i don't know if I have HIV or something else. Please help?

Get tested.: If you are concerned that you may have hiv, the way to confirm your concerns or prove them untrue is to get tested for the virus. If you do not have access to a primary care physician or do not have insurance, there are subsidized / free clinics in nearly all cities that perform HIV testing and counseling. Finding an answer will empower you and give you knowledge to make decisions. ...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