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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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