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Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Yonsei University College of Medicine
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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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


Dr. Gehrig Harris Dr. Harris
Family Medicine
13 years in practice
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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

Dr. Dominic Riganotti Dr. Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
21 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
10 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Rosemary Olivero Dr. Olivero
Pediatrics - Infectious Disease
11 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Which treatment should I start for hiv?

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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Dr. David Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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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Dr. John Michel Dr. Michel
Family Medicine
42 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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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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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Charles Sturgis Dr. Sturgis
Pathology
25 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Myra Skluth Dr. Skluth
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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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

Dr. Robert Binford Dr. Binford
Surgery - Thoracic
34 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Am I going to die if I missed four days in a row of HIV treatment?

Am I going to die if I missed four days in a row of HIV treatment?

Missed 4days/hiv med: No you are not going to die, start taking meds as prescribed and do not miss any more days, as irregular ingestion can cause antibiotic resistance it is very important to take all your drugs as prescribed good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What to do if I have to write a 10 page paper on 4 types of HIV treatment?

What to do if I have to write a 10 page paper on 4 types of HIV treatment?

Write it: Try to understand the molecular biology. Choose 4 of the 5; entry / fusion inhibitors, nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, integrase inhibitors, and protease inhibitors. ...Read more

Dr. Dominic Riganotti Dr. Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
21 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Why would there be no treatment to remove HIV from infected body?

Why would there be no treatment to remove HIV from infected body?

Easier said: Hiv infects deeply into our bodies. Lymph node stores in out gut is thought to be the main reservoir. Other stores are central nervous system for example. One of the limitations of the meds is we can't get it to potent enough levels in the reservoirs. I'm oversimplifying because there a dozen more biochemical reasons as well but this example suites the argument. ...Read more

Dr. Kathleen Mullane Dr. Mullane
Internal Medicine
28 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Treatment for aids and hiv?

HAART: Currently treatment for HIV consists of highly active antiretroviral therapy or haart. This means taking a combination of medications that act at different sites of the virus' replication cycle. Why? We know that using only one agent leads to resistance because the virus is so robust at replicating. We pick the treatment based on the persons resistance pattern ; how they tolerate the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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How many years HIV infected person live with treatment?

Near normal life: HIV infected persons who respond to treatment and are compliant with treatment have near normal life span. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lee Dr. Lee
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What difference does treatment make for HIV positive people?

A big difference: Treatment for those with HIV can make a huge difference. Although we do not yet have a cure, we can now keep people much healthier and safe from a variety of serious infections that can lead to death. The current treatment for HIV involves a 'cocktail' of at least 3 medications and has been shown to extend people's lives almost to the extent of people without HIV and has been a lifesaver for many. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
1,473 doctors shared insights

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