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Why would my midwives not check blood for HIV in pregnancy?

Why would my midwives not check blood for HIV in pregnancy?

Not universal: Not all OB doctors & midwives test for HIV in pregnancy, although it's recommended. It is not a state law required test in pregnancy. Screening for syphillis is required in most states. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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 do you avoid baby getting mom's HIV in pregnancy?

How do you avoid baby getting mom's HIV in pregnancy?

Pre-natal/natal care: Present aggressive management of pregnant HIV moms has reduced fetal/neonatal transmission from ~ 40 to less than 5%. By reducing mom's viral load, the transfer of the disease may be avoided.The babies receive meds at birth until later testing verifies that they escaped the disease. ...Read more

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What does Positive western blot mean? Think I have Lyme but read online & said could be HIV but don't they test HIV in pregnancy? I Just had a baby

What does Positive western blot mean? Think I have Lyme but read online & said could be HIV but don't they test HIV in pregnancy? I Just had a baby

Easy does it: Western blot is not a specific test but a methodology. A western blot for Lyme disease tests for Lyme; a Western Blot for HIV is a different test. Truth be told, you need to be discerning in your internet reading and wary of self-diagnosis -- there's a lot of easy, wrong answers out there. Your physician is your best guide here -- if you had routine prenatal care you were tested for HIV. ...Read more

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What does meaning of HIV 1/2 antibodies NEG. Does mean the test checks for both antibodies&antigens as well? What is common test for HIV in pregnancy?

What does meaning of HIV 1/2 antibodies NEG. Does mean the test checks for both antibodies&antigens as well? What is common test for HIV in pregnancy?

HIV testing: It is recommended that all women be tested for HIV during pregnancy. The test that is done is usually an Elisa antibody test. They usually test for HIV type 1 and HIV type 2. Again these are antibody tests-- not antigen tests. ...Read more

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How long does dry cough last when hiv infected?

How long does dry cough last when hiv infected?

Irrelevant: Dry cough can be a symptom for a multitude of conditions, having HIV in particular doesn't have a direct bearing on the duration of the symptom, rather the original condition that is causing the cough. Your treating doctor is better suited to answer your question in the context of what condition is being treated, good luck ...Read more

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I'm HIV positive and I've had this productive cough for a very long time close to a year..What should I do?It's really embarrassing.Ive tried all meds.

I'm HIV positive and I've had this productive cough for a very long time close to a year..What should I do?It's really embarrassing.Ive tried all meds.

Several things: Firstly..I hope you've told your doctor this. Are you short of breath with it? What is your cd4? Are you undetectable? If your CD4 is <200 are you on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or dapsone? If its lower than 100 are you on weekly azithromycin? A chest xray is needed. The good thing is TB isn't associated with a productive cough. This does need working up though. I hope its as simple as bad post-nasal drip. ...Read more

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Is cough or flu at 11 weeks exposure a sign of hiv? Has neg RNA at 28 days and neg duo at 9.5 weeks. Waiting for 12 weeks for last test. Still waiting

Is cough or flu at 11 weeks exposure a sign of hiv? Has neg RNA at 28 days and neg duo at 9.5 weeks. Waiting for 12 weeks for last test. Still waiting

Easy does it: During the several weeks between exposure and a pcr test for HIV being certain to turn positive, you're probably going to catch a mild viral illness. Acute HIV may be a mild or severe viral illness but is more like infectious mono than a cough. I see that you have been a safe player and that's good. Hoping (and betting) you're fine. ...Read more

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I had a cold prior protected sex & afterwards, cough since. Is a month-long dry cough with rare productive clear, white mucus symptomatic of STD/HIV?

I had a cold prior protected sex & afterwards, cough since. Is a month-long dry cough with rare productive clear, white mucus symptomatic of STD/HIV?

Not HIV or other STD: No STD causes cough, nasal congestion, or other cold symptoms. Neither does HIV. Acute HIV symptoms, when they occur, are sore throat, headache, muscle aches, inflamed lymph nodes, and rash -- but not cough, runny nose, sinus symptoms, etc. Almost certainly you just have a cold or allergy, not related to any sexual exposure (unless your partner also had a cold). No worries, no need for testing! ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born? How long does the vaccine protect you?

I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born?  How long does the vaccine protect you?

Tdap - Pertussis : The tdap vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women at any gestational age. It is safe for pregnant women. It is preferably given from 27-36 weeks but anytime during pregnancy will confer adequate immunity. Immediate postpartum vaccination is recommended for women who miss the vaccine during pregnancy. This is a concerted effort to protect newborns from pertussis by "cocooning" the baby. ...Read more

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How long should I wait for STD test and HIV test? 16days ago no symptoms.. Other then stomach burn and cough for 2weks. Just want a peace of mind.

Unprotected sex: Go see your doctor, planned parenthood (yes, even for men) or county health/std clinic for testing. Get tested as soon as possible if you have symptoms. Then get repeat testing as sometimes it takes a while to turn positive if you don't have symptoms. All depends upon which std you have. Check out http://www.Cdc.Gov/hiv/topics/testing/resources/qa/index.Htm & http://hivtest.Cdc.Gov/stdtesting.Aspx. ...Read more

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Fever, night sweats, headache, chills, (lasted 1 week), However,no rash/no sore throat/ no cough/no lymph nodes up. Could it be HIV seroconversion?

Fever, night sweats, headache, chills, (lasted 1 week), However,no rash/no sore throat/ no cough/no lymph nodes up. Could it be HIV seroconversion?

Please Clarify: Yes. Of course. But you have not shared any valid timeline to this question on which to be more specific. HIV seroconversion would not have any respiratory symptoms such as cough. But, there can be a lot of reasons for a viral illness, not just HIV. I need more information. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get a HIV test in pregnancy?

Is it normal to get a HIV test in pregnancy?

Not universal: Not all OB doctors & midwives test for HIV in pregnancy, although it's recommended. It is not a state law required test in pregnancy. Screening for syphillis is required in most states. ...Read more

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At which week or month of pregnancy does a woman generally get tested for hiv?

At which week or month of pregnancy does a woman generally get tested for hiv?

Early: Generally, HIV is tested with the first prenatal labs ordered in pregnancy. Depending on when the woman is seen, this is usually in the first trimester. ...Read more

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Why if it takes six months for HIV to appear in ur body do u take a HIV test so early in pregnancy?

HIV testing: Hiv testing is both for routine and urgent reasons. Any HIV positive mother will get better and appropriate care the earlier their diagnosis is known. The whole goal in that situation is to prepare all prevention so that the baby does not get infected. If there is acute risk then there is a test that can be done 21 days after exposure that can diagnose hiv! ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more