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How Does Hiv Turn Into Aids
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
About 10 years: In the days before we had effective treatment, the average time from infection to aids was 10 years. Many people progressed faster, and many slower. Now that we have good treatment, no one is supposed to develop aids, because treatment should be started long before you reach that stage. ...Read more
CD4 count around 200: Hiv destroys cd4 cells (specific type of white blood cell that plays a role in helping to fight diseases). The immune system weakens as more cd4 cells are killed. Hiv infection can exist for years before it progresses to aids. People with HIV progress to aids when their cd4 counts fall below 200 or they experience an aids-defining illness (infection/malignancy like pneumocystis or lymphoma). ...Read more
Trichomonas and HIV: No. They are two entirely different infections. Trachoma as can be entirely a symptomatic or it can cause itching and a watery vaginal discharge. Your Gyn Provider can help you decide whether to treat it or not. Untreated trich can also infect your partner which is why many providers prefer to treat both partners. As for HIV, it is an entirely separate infection, but subject to risky behaviors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely not: Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Although HIV is also a sexually transmitted disease, it is a VIRUS, not a bacteria, and not in any way remotely related to the chlamydia bacteria. Bacteria do not change into viruses at any time. AIDS is the progressive end-stage form of HIV so that would not be derived from chlamydia either. ...Read more
Living with HIV: No longer should any human get aids. But, that would be in an ideal world. Aids was a diagnosis that represented full immune collapse and thus diagnosed the patient of being at risk of deadly opportunistic infections. It was set at a cut off of cd4 cells of 200 or less. The goal today is to never let an HIV positive individual get a weakened immune system that is this broken. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Years/decades/never: Just because you acquire this germ does not mean you will develop cancer. It gives you a heads up so you may be better motivated to do regular health screenings.At the short end cervical cancer (or other forms) may arise after a few years/decades or never. Women have been doing related pap smear screenings for decades before we knew HPV could eventually cause the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
AIDS related death: If untreated, HIV slowly decimates the immune system leaving the individual susceptible to infections and cancers usually held in check by the immune system such as pneumocystis, mycobacterial diseases, lymphomas, accelerated cancers (eg: lung, cervical cancer, head and neck cancer), endemic fungal infections, and chronic wasting. All of these can be averted by haart (that means taking the meds!). ...Read more
No, however.....: Both HPV (human papilloma virus) and herpes virus are separate germs that are transmitted through sexual contact. HPV cannot turn into herpes any more than an apple could turn into an orange.However, both germs can be transmitted at the same time and may emerge at different times. ...Read more
Person to person: The most likely mode of transmission is from person to person, by either the oral-oral route (through vomitus or possibly saliva) or perhaps the fecal-oral route. Fecal oral means a person touched infected poop, and then touched his mouth, or touched food that gets eaten. The h. Pylori dna has been found in vomitus, saliva, dental plaque, gastric juice, and feces. ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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