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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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 long can a child born with HIV live if they never get treatment....

How long can a child born with HIV live if they never get treatment....

HIV vertical : No one can say exactly how long anyone with any condition will live, but i can assure you that a child born with HIV will longer with treatment than they will without it. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a child born with hiv/aids without any treatment?

What is the life expectancy of a child born with hiv/aids without any treatment?

Impossible: There are too many variables. And, now no one would do this experiment to get such an answer. I know of no health professional that would stand by and let a child die. The parents would, in my opinion, lose parental rights if they refused treatment for their child in this scenario. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when a baby is born with hiv, and doesn't receive treatment?

Could you tell me what happens when a baby is born with hiv, and doesn't receive treatment?

Hypothetical: Experiences of 1980's before effective antiviral became available revealed infant developed aids by 6-10 months and survived only 2-3 years. ...Read more

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People living longer and longer without getting aidss. Please tell me if treatment for hiv/aids advancing?

People living longer and longer without getting aidss. Please tell me if treatment for hiv/aids advancing?

Several ways: Treatment is advancing by medical regimens becoming simpler to take ( thus better patient adherence), more potent in nature ( penetrating to deeper tissue stores) and new mechanisms of action to combat potential development of resistance. ...Read more

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I am takeing truvada, (emtricitabine and tenofovir) norvir, prezista, along with bactrim, is this a good combination for the treatment of hiv? And how long will it take to see resul

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I am takeing truvada, (emtricitabine and tenofovir) norvir, prezista, along with bactrim, is this a good combination for the treatment of hiv? And how long will it take to see resul

Yes: This is one of the standard regimens for treatment of hiv, as well as a prophylactic antibotic for pcp and toxoplasmosis. Your viral load should be decreasing almost immediately, and follow up viral loads should be dropping in a matter of weeks. ...Read more

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Hi Doc, I'm healthy individual (HIV- and no diseases), but my RPR&FTA have just come back reactive with titre 1:64. What treatments, how long to cure?

Hi Doc, I'm healthy individual (HIV- and no diseases), but my RPR&FTA have just come back reactive with titre 1:64. What treatments, how long to cure?

Penicillin treatment: You have tested positive for Syphilis. The treatment for this is injections of penicillin. The number of doses depends on how long ago you were infected, and which organs are affected. You should see your doctor as soon as possible to start treatment. You can expect improvement in symptoms within days to a couple weeks at the longest as long as you do not have nervous system involvement. ...Read more

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How do I get treatment for hiv?

How do I get treatment for hiv?

Check with doctor: And if you can't afford one, perhaps the World Health Organization or Doctors without border can assist you ...Read more

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Which treatment should I start for hiv?

Ask your doc...: Treatment for HIV is a complex process and requires significant training/education from docs, often infectious disease doc do this, and dedication from you as a patient. Depending on the genotype of your hiv, your overall health status, use of other medications etc...Which all play a role in what medication will provide benefit with least risk to you. Please consult your doc... Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any medical treatment for hiv's?

Is there any medical treatment for hiv's?

HIV Medicines: There are lots of medications you can take to treat HIV and new ones are being discovered each year. The medications treat hiv, they don't cure it, but they are highly effective in keeping your immune system strong and letting you lead a normal life. While years ago people used to take lots of pills to treat hiv, there are many new options (even one pill once a day). See a HIV specialist! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for HIV and hapis?

What is the best treatment for HIV and hapis?

Hard question: YOu should seek the advice of HIV specialist. The antivirals are the best treatment but very expensive. HAPIS is hIV AIDS intervention system. The treatment best used is the combintation of retrovirals. I hope you are able to get these. Please use protected sex at this point to prevent further spread. ...Read more

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When is someone supposed to start Hiv treatment?

When is someone supposed to start Hiv treatment?

As soon as diagnosed: I think you're the same person who previously asked a question about a 10 year old HIV infection with good HIV viral load and CD4 count despite no treatment. Please re-read that reply. Most people should be immediately started on anti-HIV treatment as soon as HIV is diagnosed. But your situation requires personal attention by an expert. You'll never get a clear answer on this forum. ...Read more

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Could a person who has HIV without treatment suddenly show symptoms after fifteen years?

Yes: Sooner or later, the HIV infection will become symptomatic and the person will need to be treated or they will die of it. A latent period of 15 years isn't uncommon. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you are diagnosed with HIV does it mean you automatically get treatment?

No.: Not all people in the U.S. (and certainly not all people in the world) who are diagnosed with HIV receive therapy. Some people opt for close observation. There is literature to suggest that starting mutiple drug therapy earlier in the course of the disease helps to preserve the immune system, but some people do not tolerate certain drugs well and may want to wait for a period of time. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed 3 months ago with hiv. I'm not on meds but are there symptoms that would tell me that I should consider treatment?

You need meds: See your doctor. You need treatment now. Don't wait until you get symptoms--that is very late. Do not have sex without using a condom or telling your partner about your HIV status. See you doctor to prevent progression of disease! ...Read more

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How many days wil live a HIV + persn aftr taking art treatment ? My dctr said that appx.20 years aftr that he will die. Is this true ? Pls tell me....

No: I am no expert on HIV but the treatments available now are so much better than the 80's and 90's when i was in medical school and residency. There is no telling what will be available in the future. Plus look at magic johnson. 21 yrs since he announced his infection. Just bought part of los angeles dodgers and still going strong. ...Read more

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Am HIV positive. On treatment. Can i marry someone that is negative?

Thriving with HIV: Yes. Of course. An HIV expert can give you the recent statistics about this. But, now a days with good treatment couples with discordant HIV status can be sexual and not transmit this virus. There is absolutely nothing to prevent you from living a full and productive and loving life. ...Read more

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Are there effective treatment of HIV infection and aids?

Are there effective treatment of HIV infection and aids?

Yes: There are many well tolerated and effective treatment options for hiv. Some people are able to take only one pill a day for treatment (that has 3 medications combined in one). If a person does develop side effects, the doc can usually find other meds that are tolerated. Once HIV treatment is started it is important to take the meds consistently so the virus doesn't become resistant to treatment. ...Read more

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Extra saliva and mucus from HIV treatment?

Not common: Having extra saliva and mucus as a result of HIV treatment is very uncommon and not something I have seen in my patients on HIV treatment. ...Read more

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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