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Is HIV/AIDS a long-term disease?

Is HIV/AIDS a long-term disease?

Yes: HIV/AIDS is a long-term disease. However, people these days can live essentially a normal life if caught early and treated with anti-HIV medications. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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 does it take you to catch HIV / aids ?

How long does it take you to catch HIV / aids ?

Just once: Just one exposure to infected blood or body fluid can lead to infection. The higher risk exposure (iv drug use, unprotected sexual contact) will of course carry higher infection rates. ...Read more

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How long does it take hiv-aids to affect a person's body?

How long does it take hiv-aids to affect a person's body?

About 2ks-3mos.: The antibodies to HIV start to appear 2 weeks after infection, and rarely take longer than 3 months to show up. Antigens, like plasma p24 antigen levels start to rise before the antibodires. ...Read more

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How long does it take hiv-aids to appear as symptoms in a person's body?

How long does it take hiv-aids to appear as symptoms in a person's body?

AIDS HOW LONG/HIV IN: It varies from person to person.It can take months to years to apppear.50% of people infected with HIV will develop aids within next 10 years, but it is very variable these days once there is positive HIV test, there are suppressive antibiotics can be prescribed to prevent onset of full blown aids fda has just approved a drug(truvada) to prevent aids in sex partners of HIV patients. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for the first signs of hiv/aids to be detected?

How long is it supposed to it take for the first signs of hiv/aids to be detected?

Although early ....: Symptoms of HIV infection can occur, many people do not have any symptoms until 7-10 years later. ...Read more

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How long can it possibly take, after you catch hiv/aids, until your body gets sick/you get symptoms? Can it take up to years? What's the maximum time?

HIV: The time from initiation of infection until deterioration of the immune system to the extent that you develop opportunistic infections can be quite variable, and depends upon many factors. There are some cohorts of patients who go 20+ years without illness and others as short as 5-6 years. If you may have been exposed the best thing is to be tested ASAP because early treatment=improved outcome. ...Read more

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What are the immediate and long-term effects of hiv/aids?

What are the immediate and long-term effects of hiv/aids?

See below: Please consult this site for information. http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/ ...Read more

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Is coccidioidomycosis a disease that only people with hiv/aids get? Or can anybody get it? How long does coccidioidomycosis take to be disseminated?

See below: This is a fungal disease that is airborne and anyone in the appropriate area can come down with the disease. Those patients that have immune problems are more likely to have disease than someone that doesn not but in fact normal people do get this. When does it spresd that is strongly dependent on a number of things in the individual. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an hiv/aids test to come back?

Depends on the lab: And the test. Most tests can be completed the day the specimen is received. When you get the results depends on how long it takes to get the specimen to the lab, how often does the lab run the test and how long does it take your doctor who gets the results to contact your. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the hiv/ aids virus live in the body once a person passes away?

Normally, how long would the hiv/ aids virus live in the body once a person passes away?

Less than a day?: I don't know of a study on this but in general most viruses don't survive long in dead tissue. Attempts to culture virus post-mortem are usually done as quicly as possible for that reason. I would suspect the success of such a culture more than 24 hours after death would be low. ...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