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How The Aids Virus Can Affect You
Sharing body fluids: The virus that causes aids is called hiv. This virus can be spread from person to person through sexual content in which fluids and cells from one person enter the body of another person (vaginal, anal and oral intercourse). The virus can also be spread by sharing contaminated needles from injection drug use. Always use a condom with sex and do not share needles! ...Read more
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
No: What about people who got it through blood transfusions? Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who got it through needle sticks. Babies who got it from infected mothers. ...Read more
Few hours when dry: 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
You may not notice: Most people, after recovering from primary infection (acute retroviral syndrome), have no symptoms for at least a few years. However, they are not normal. Their t-helper cell counts are usually declining, and they have higher levels of immune acttivation and inflammation. Most people have fairly advanced disease by the time symptoms appear, though there are a few conditions that can occur earlier. ...Read more
HIV/AIDS treatment: Yes, there are numerous medications used to treat HIV and prevent progression to AIDS, and many medications to treat AIDS, improve immune status, and treat any complications of HIV/AIDS. It is most important to be followed regularly by an HIV specialist. Most people with HIV do very well on medication. ...Read more
HIV is the virus: HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the name of the virus, whereas AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) refers to someone who has HIV, but whose immune system has been greatly affected such that they have had one of the many AIDS defining illnesses/infections or their CD4 cell count (a measure of one's immune system) drops below 200. Thus, a person can have HIV, but not qualify for AIDS. ...Read more
Not the same : Htlv shares many similarities with HIV but not the same. It differs significantly from hiv-1 in the spectrum of diseases caused and the way by which it causes the disease. ...Read more
No: When there's a cure, you won't have to ask a question on the web to learn about it. It will be big news! Only one person has been cured of HIV infection, and he had a bone marrow transplant with the marrow of someone who was relatively immune to HIV infection. This is not a desirable way to get rid of HIV infection for most people. ...Read more
Get treated: I'd be bummed... And angry at myself, since it's such an easy infection to prevent. Then I'd move on, find a doctor with expertise in treating HIV infection, get my labs drawn, and get started on treatment as soon as possible. I would also talk to my sexual partners to make sure they got tested. ...Read more
One Name & One Virus: The virus is HIV and the disease is AIDS. HIV infection is caused by the Human-immunodeficiency Virus. This virus targets and destroys the immune system leading to the inability to fight off common infections. This condition is called Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. ...Read more
Depends: If their partner already has HIV infection, this might eventually be related to an earlier death. If they are not yet infected and both remain celibate, they will not become infected unless they share needles or exchange blood or body fluids. Hiv is very difficult to give to another person short of sex or the above features. ...Read more
Could you tell me what is the lenght of time to develop aids after the exposure to the HIV virus?
AIDS: I'm not sure if you are asking how long it takes to become HIV positive (seroconvert) after an exposure, or if you mean how long it takes to develop AIDS after being infected with HIV. These are 2 separate things. HIV seroconversion can occur a couple of weeks or several months after an exposure. AIDS is a more advanced stage of HIV infection. ...Read more
Hi, I would like to know does ureaplasma parvum/ureaplasma ureaticum.causes complications. What viruses linked to hiv or aids.
This is an educational question. I don't have HIV/AIDS, nor do I know anyone who does. However, it seems to be unusual in that people can have it for a very long time. Are there any other viruses or bacteria that can be chronic other than some Heps?
Yes, many: There are many chronic viral infections. HIV isn't unusual at all in this regard. A few that come to mine are Ebstein Barr virus (EBV), the cause of infectious mononucleosis; cytomegalovirus (CMV); varicella zoster virus (VZV), the cause of chickepox and shingles; human T lymphotropic virus (HTLV); and probably a hundred others that haven't yet been identifed or named. ...Read more
1930s entered humans: You ask a great question. We believe the virus originated in sub-saharan africa. The origin was likely from siv (simian)... Very similar genetically to the hiv. From preserved blood samples we found the first (first?) person to die from HIV was a researcher in the democratic republic of congo in 1959. Unfortunately the entire genetic sequence was not obtained. But enough to know it was our hiv. ...Read more
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
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