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How do you know that you have aids/hiv ?

How do you know that you have aids/hiv ?

Blood test: If you have had unprotected sex with a new partner, used IV drugs with shared needles, or engaged in other high-risk activities with shared blood or body fluids, please see your doctor and get a blood test for the HIV virus. People who have never had sex or used IV drugs are very unlikely to get HIV-AIDS unless they were born to HIV-positive mothers. Don't delay if you think you might be at risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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How quickly following unprotected sex can you know if you have aids/hiv?

How quickly following unprotected sex can you know if you have aids/hiv?

Varies: You should be tested on many occasions starting from as soon after you had unprotected sex (to also screen for other std's) to upto 6 months after you had unprotected sex. ...Read more

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Can someone have aids or HIV and have a cd4count high of1400?

Can someone have aids or HIV and have a cd4count high of1400?

Out of context: First there has to be an HIV test that proves infection before any one T cell count can be interpreted. A single T cell count is meaningless in diagnosing an HIV infection. ...Read more

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How will a person know if they have aids or HIV without getting tested?

Get tested: A person can't know for sure if infected with HIV without a test. Once the symptoms of AIDS are present, the infection has advanced . ...Read more

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How do health care professionals deal with patients that have aids or hiv? Do they have to wear thicker gloves?

How do health care professionals deal with patients that have aids or hiv?  Do they have to wear thicker gloves?

Same as for non HIV : Patients with aids or hiv+ are treated the same by doctors as any other patient. We use universal precautions with all patients, so all blood is considered "possibly infected", whether its a newborn or a patient in a nursing home. For normal patient visits there is no need to wear gloves because you cannot "catch" HIV unless it gets in your bloodstream, which doesn't happen in an office setting. ...Read more

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Can you have aids or HIV even if your CBC bloodtest results are perfects like whitebloodcell , redblood etc ? Or that does not means notthing at all?

Can you have aids or HIV even if your CBC bloodtest results are perfects like whitebloodcell , redblood etc ? Or that does not means notthing at all?

HIV does not....: A CBC is in no way any kind of tool to diagnose whether one is HIV positive or not. I would like to know more and why you are not getting an HIV test if you are worried you may have contracted hiv. ...Read more

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If you work in health care how do you deal with patients that have aids or hiv? What special precautions?

Universal precaution: All healthcare workers should be familiar with universal precautions. That is, treat every patient as though they are infected with HIV or hepatitis. If you obey that rule, then you don't have to take any special precautions. You always wear gloves when handling anything that could have body fluids on it, all sharps go in a sharp container regardless if it is from a newborn or a prostitute etc. ...Read more

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So I am not going to have aids or HIV right? From dry humping but we both did not have cloths on or underwear please get back to me soon thanks

So I am not going to have aids or HIV right? From dry humping but we both did not have cloths on or underwear please get back to me soon thanks

Body fluids: Hiv is transferred through body fluids. So if body fluid transfer occurred in any way, their is always at least a minimal risk. Best wishes. ...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


Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more