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Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an ELISA assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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If HIV virus won't live more than 1min the how come vaginal fluid having HIV on cloth exposed outside wiped at tip of penis can cause HIV infection?

If HIV virus won't live more than 1min the how come vaginal fluid having HIV on cloth exposed outside wiped at tip of penis can cause HIV infection?

Wrong assumption!: HIV virus can survive for weeks, outside the body, depending on the composition of the fluid containing the virus and ambient temperature. The infectivity depends on contact with skin that may have abrasions, open sore or other wounds. See this site for more info.

http://www. Aidsmap. Com/Survival-outside-the-body/page/1321278/ ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus live outside a human being?

How long does HIV virus live outside a human being?

Not long: Viruses are critters which live inside cells and must have nutrients of a cell to remain alive. Most will die rapidly after leaving the body unless retained in body fluids within cells in those fluids. This takes varying times to resolve. As a general rule HIV is not transmittable casually. It needs direct tissue contact. Blood, shared needles, sex, organ transplant. ...Read more

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How long can the HIV virus live outside a human body? If the body fluid it is in is dry, would the virus die?

Within few hours: Cdc has conducted many studies on HIV concentrations outside the body, when these are dried, the virus is reduced by 90to99% over several hours, these concentrations were much higher than they will be outside lab, making theoretical envorenmental transmission outside the body to zero. ...Read more

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Hi, how long can an HIV virus last outside human body (like on needle or something) that it can be considered a risk?

Hi, how long can an HIV virus last outside human body (like on needle or something) that it can be considered a risk?

HIV virus: Hiv is extremely sensitive to fluctuations in temperature. Outside of the human body, the virus dies within minutes. The one place that HIV has been shown to survive for extended periods of time (several days) is in needles used with syringes; the needles frequently contain enough blood to prevent the HIV from drying out. ...Read more

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How long can HIV virus survive outside human body in dried blood & liquid blood under normal circumstances?

It doesn't: It doesn't survive. There is no transmission of HIV in this scenario at all. There are other viruses such as hepatitis c or hepatitis b. But, HIV does not survive at all and is not a risk in the scenario you describe. ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus live once on counter if blood spill?

How long does HIV virus live once on counter if blood spill?

HIV: life outside: Hiv needs a host or culture in a range of the average body temperature. Outside a body, the virus is fragile and dies within minutes if it is allowed to dry up. Hiv can sometimes stay alive for days inside needles of used syringes because there is enough blood to keep it from drying out. ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus survives in a condom if kept outside? Exact time eg. 1 hr or 1 day?

How long does HIV virus survives in a condom if kept outside? Exact time eg. 1 hr or 1 day?

No HIV: It does not survive outside. Not minutes. Not hours. One also does not contract HIV through normal skin from inanimate objects. You have now been told by several experts you gave no HIV risk. If you do not believe us why do you keep asking us the same question! ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus remain dormant in a person's body?

How long does HIV virus remain dormant in a person's body?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by dormant. Blood tests are generally positive within a few weeks of infection, and many people develop temporary symptoms during acute infection. However, after recovery from acute infection, you may have no symptoms for many years. On average, it takes 10 years to progress to aids without treatment. ...Read more

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How long HIV does live outside the body? If it is a tiny or little more amount of fluid? How long it takes the virus to die in a fluid wet or dry?

How long HIV does live outside the body? If it is a tiny or little more amount of fluid? How long it takes the virus to die in a fluid wet or dry?

Why: It doesn't survive. But that doesn't matter. Hiv is not caught by touching it or the fluid it may be living in. That is very well understood. What is your specific concern? ...Read more

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How long a HIV virus lives?

A few hours: Although HIV can survive outside the body for a few hours in certain bodily fluids, it cannot function when dry. The virus cannot infect some one unless it enters the body. ...Read more

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How long does a HIV virus lives?

A few hours: Although HIV can survive outside the body for a few hours in certain bodily fluids, it cannot function when dry. The virus cannot infect some one unless it enters the body. ...Read more

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How can humans contract the HIV virus?

How can humans contract the HIV virus?

HIV: Hiv can be transmitted via anal ; oral sex, blood transfusion, use of contaminated needles, breastfeeding ; during pregnancy ; delivery. ...Read more

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How long can HIV virus live in the air?

How long can HIV virus live in the air?

HIV: Cdc laboratory studies have shown that drying HIV reduces the viral amounts by 90 to 99 percent within several hours. There have been no cases of HIV that were transmitted from contaminated surfaces. ...Read more

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For how long can the HIV virus live in open?

For how long can the HIV virus live in open?

No worries re: HIV: HIV -the virus that causes AIDS is acquired from sexual activity or injection drug use. You cannot get HIV infection from blood outside the body -since once it leaves the body it dies right away. This is obviously a good thing. For some viruses though, like Hepatitis B -they CAN survive outside the body. In India there's some Hep B there. There is a Hep B vaccine you can get. Hope you can be safe. ...Read more

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How long can the HIV virus survive in the environment?

Depends: Please consult this site for information.

http://www. Aidsmap. Com/Survival-outside-the-body/page/1321278/ ...Read more

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How long could HIV virus remain active in a person's body without manifesting itself?

Depends on person: Hiv can be clinically "latent" (present but causing no symptoms) for periods of months to years with some people being infected for up to 8 to 10 years without serious symptoms. This period of time is unique to every person and depends upon other factors such as other illnesses, nutrition, baseline health, age, etc... People with "dormant" disease are still potentially infectious to others. ...Read more

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When (i mean how many years/months after) HIV viruses will show symptoms in human body?

HIV infection: The acute infection stage of HIV usually begins to be widespread at about fourteen days after exposure. Most people do not experience any symptoms during this phase. But, those that do report a severe flu-like illness. Untreated, in a man, the average length of infection to death is eleven years. But, we do not need to worry about that. With treatment today, the length of life is 53 plus years. ...Read more

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Is it easy to tranmite HIV virus if I am 0.0 not dedectable and how long life quality do I have with HIV I am 26 yrs old male and been under art.

Is it easy to tranmite HIV virus if I am 0.0 not dedectable and how long life quality do I have with HIV I am 26 yrs old male and been under art.

Safe sex needed: Undetectable virus does not necessarily mean zero virus in your body, so exposing anyone to your blood or semen should be avoided. We can not predict how much quality time anyone has to live. Keeping viral load at non detectable levels gives the best chance for a life free from complications of HIV infection ...Read more

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They told me as long as your HIV virus is not detected your not in danger. I ask my HIV expert and he told me as long as you took your pills its oky?

They told me as long as your HIV virus is not detected your not in danger. I ask my HIV expert and he told me as long as you took your pills its oky?

HIV & AIDS: The assurance of " ok " & "not in danger"should be good for you. If you just have hiv, these medications will prevent you changing into aids. Hiv positive people live normal and longer life now a days. Please take your medications & tests faithfully. For your mood & irritability & hopelessness see psychiatrist for antidepressant. Also read http://doctorrajput. Com. Thanks. ...Read more

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I know39 years old man who just found out he has HIV he got the virus when he was 8 oldhe lived 31 years without medications how long HIV person live?

Depends: If someone has HIV they sometimes can live many years without symptoms. Different people's bodies deal with the virus in different ways. A few people seem to clear it on their own without treatment. In others it lies dormant and later becomes active. Everyone is different. ...Read more

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How much is the lifespan of the HIV virus outside the human body?

How much is the lifespan of the HIV virus outside the human body?

Very brief: This virus is very susceptible to physical elements, particularly drying, heat, cold, etc. It may survive slightly longer when present in warm wet material like semen or vaginal secretions, and particularly in blood. As soon as these dry the organism will die quickly. ...Read more

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Please help, how much is the lifespan of HIV virus outside the human body?

Wimpy virus: Very short. It can travel on shared needles, but ordinary household contacts of HIV positive people, even with huge loads, don't get infected. ...Read more

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How long does the HIV virus live on a razor blade?

How long does the HIV virus live on a razor blade?

TilL dries few HOUR: Cdc has conducted many studies on HIV concentrations outside the body, when these are dried, the virus is reduced by 90to99% over several hours, these concentrations were much higher than they will be outside lab, making theoretical envorenmental transmission outside the body to zero. ...Read more

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How long can the HIV virus survive in dried semen?

HIV: Cdc says that drying of body fluids will reduce the viral load by 99% within several hours. There have been no cases documented to have been transmitted by infected fluids off surfaces. ...Read more

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Anyone know how long the HIV virus can live in semen?

Anyone know how long the HIV virus can live in semen?

Varies: It depends upon physical factors like how rapidly the semen dries, the temperature, where the semen is deposited, etc. This virus seldom survives long outside of the body unless it has a cell carrier. Semen can provide that as long as it remains wet. ...Read more

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How long does the HIV virus last inside drops of blood on a metal surface?

How long does the HIV virus last inside drops of blood on a metal surface?

Doesn't matter: This doesn't matter. Nobody in the world ever caught HIV from exposure to blood or other body fluids in the environment. Whether HVI survies or not is irrelvant: if exposed to "blood on a metal surface" you are not at risk for HIV. ...Read more

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How long after getting in contact with the HIV virus can u find out u are infected?

It depends: Let's say someone has unprotected sex and the condom breaks, so they come to urgent care for evaluation. They may be offered HIV medicines to decrease the risk of infection. They also receive an HIV antibody test then, and at 6 wks, 3 months, and 6 months. If they develop symptoms that could be acute hiv, then they have a viral load checked since it can be detected wks to months before antibodies. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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