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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
Exposure? Testing?: Were you engaged in any activity which could have caused an exposure? Unprotected sex with a possible carrier? This can be anal or oral as well. Have you shared needles using drugs? If any of these exposures is in your history, then you could go and get tested for HIV which is available in most public health clinics or community hospitals in a confidential way. ...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 more
Yes: The conspiracy talk is driven by cynical, big-money health frauds. Ask yourself -- if HIV were not the cause (as was claimed early), why do medicines that suppress this in the lab enable people to recover from the symptoms of aids and live normal lives? What conspiracy could be so great? Why do we find HIV in essentially everyone with aids symptoms? Why did ___ refuse to inject himself with hiv? ...Read more
Yes, theoretically: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes progressive destruction of the immune system, leading to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (aids). As the immune system declines, a person can get one of 20+ opportunistic infections associated with aids. A person can also have aids if their CD4 or t-cell count (marker of immune function) is. ...Read more
Africa: Dr. Gallant from johns hopkins described it best. Hiv originated in sub-saharan africa in the beginnings of the 20th century. It originated in chimpanzees and apes. There is some question as to microbiology techniques in the early part of this century. For example bacteria was grown on solid organs of chimpanzees...Then the entire substrate emulsified then "purified" for the desired compound. ...Read more
More about HIV/AIDS:
The cdc ; who websites are a wealth of information on HIV and aids. The info comes from reliable ; well referenced/ researched sources.
1. Hiv can be prevented (safe sexual practices, screening blood products ; pregnant women/treating infected pregnant mothers, ; now appropriate use of preventative antivirals)
2. Hiv can be controlled w/haart in patients who take it correctly. ...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
HIV disease: Hiv refers to human immunodeficiency virus. Infection by HIV always causes disease. This is commonly referred to as HIV disease. Aids is a term that is still currently used, but has little medical value. Aids generally refers to advanced HIV disease. Disease progression can be prevented by taking HIV medications. Thus people with HIV do not have to progress to aids. ...Read more
...: Hiv is transmitted via blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk and any other body fluid containing blood. Unprotected sex is a risk factor. Anal sex is riskier than vaginal sex which is riskier than oral sex. Sharing needles and "works" can transmit hiv. Hiv is a treatable medical condition that people can live with for many years like other chronic medical conditions. ...Read more
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
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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