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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Can you tell me about hiv?

Can you tell me about hiv?

A viral infection: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system. As the immune system declines, a person can get one of 20+ opportunistic infections associated with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV is an infection that has caused many deaths around the world. While it can be treated with medications, there is no cure at this time. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if you have hiv?

What can you do to tell if you have hiv?

Testing: If you have been involved high risk behaviors or have concerns about seroconversion - please seek HIV testing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how HIV med actually work?

Can you tell me how HIV med actually work?

HAART: In a variety of ways from not allowing the viral RNA become human DNA. To interfering with the reconstruction of the newly made virus from viral proteins. To not allowing the HIV genetic material to integrate into the human nucleus or DNA. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how HIV and hpi differ?

Virus vs history: In medical jargon, HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. I have seen "history of present illness" abbreviated as "hpi". This would be the history of the patient's current complaint / problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my HIV testing was accurate?

We can't: Testing by an accredited lab in a developed nation is usually reliable. Feel free to ask for testing by another lab and/or method. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could plasma donations tell you if you have hiv?

Could plasma donations tell you if you have hiv?

Possibly.: Persons with possible HIV should not donate. Plasma centers test donors for HIV so that the center can decrease the possibility of transmitting infections via products. It is not a good idea to donate plasma to find out if you are HIV positive. There can be a 'window' of time between HIV infection and tests turning positive. A donor in the 'window' may be false negative and spread hiv. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about HIV taxonomic hierarchy please?

Can you tell me about HIV taxonomic hierarchy please?

Homework: I am sorry but physicians do not do their patient's homework for them. Your question is well outside the scope of what we can offer here. Please go read your assignment and answer the assignment in your own words. ...Read more

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Can you tell if it is really that easy to contract hiv?

It is not: In the old days when there was no treatment, husbands and wives not practicing barrier-protected sex still only infected one another 25% or so of the time. Passive anal intercourse with an infected partner is the most dangerous practice, with around a 1% chance per act. Genial ulcers / tears make for higher risk. ...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