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How is it that the aids virus spreads?

How is it that the aids virus spreads?

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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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 I know if I caught the aids virus?

How do I know if I caught the aids virus?

Get tested: Hiv tests are readily available and will be the only way to know either way. Depending on the result, you may need to see your doctor for appropriate care. ...Read more

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Can you explain where did the aids virus get its start?

Can you explain where did the aids virus get its start?

Africa: Hiv originated in a primate to human species-jumping event in central and western africa. The simian immunodeficiency virus of chimpanzees is the immediate precursor to hiv-1. ...Read more

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How long does the aids virus survive outside on sheets?

How long does the aids virus survive outside on sheets?

Who cares?: It doesn't matter, because no one gets HIV infection from sheets. They get it from what goes on beneath the sheets. ...Read more

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Do you think the aids virus is a result of immoral human action?

Do you think the aids virus is a result of immoral human action?

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

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Does anyone have site on the aids virus please submit thank you?

Does anyone have site on the aids virus please submit thank you?

CDC - good HIV site: Check out the following site from the centers for disease control:
http://www.Cdc. Gov/hiv/default. Htm. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the aids virus survive outside the body?

Normally, how long would the aids virus survive outside the body?

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

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How does the aids virus affect us in the beginning of the disease?

How does the aids virus affect us in the beginning of the disease?

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

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Please tell me if there are any medications that can help the aids virus?

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

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Why aren't HIV and AIDS just one name if they are both the same virus?

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

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What shape is the human t-cell leukemia virus? Is that the same thing as the aids virus?

What shape is the human t-cell leukemia virus?  Is that the same thing as the aids virus?

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

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How come the west nile virus and malaria are contracted by mosquitos but the aids virus isn't?

Agree w earlier: Responses. HIV can only be transmitted between humans. The virus would be unable to remain alive in a mosquito. Even if it could, mosquitoes don't inject blood into people. ...Read more

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Why do HIV virus and aids have different names?

Virus vs Disease: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) is a disease that is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (hiv). ...Read more

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Has a cure for the aids virus been discovered anywhere?

Has a cure for the aids virus been discovered anywhere?

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

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How would you feel, and what would you do if you learnt that you got aids virus?

How would you feel, and what would you do if you learnt that you got aids virus?

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

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Is it possible that aids virus enter the body through incision wound of 24 hours?

Is it possible that aids virus enter the body through incision wound of 24 hours?

Depends: Hiv does not enter a wound through air. If the wound is still raw and is exposed to body fluid containing HIV virus, it is possible that HIV virus will enter the body. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if the aids virus came in contact with the HIV virus?

HIV causes AIDS: Hiv is the virus that causes destruction of the immune system, which when severely damaged leads to aids. There is not a different virus that causes aids. ...Read more

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What happens if the HIV virus and aids are the same virus, why do they have two names?

What happens if the HIV virus and aids are the same virus, why do they have two names?

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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What is the length of time it takes to develop AIDS after the exposure to the HIV virus?

Variable: It depends on may factors, such as strain of virus, drug use by person, any treatment given, co-infections with other viruses, e.g. hepatitis. It takes a few years, like 10 or so to develop AIDS. ...Read more

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What is the length of time it takes to develop AIDS after the exposure to the HIV virus?

What is the length of time it takes to develop AIDS after the exposure to the HIV virus?

Variable: It depends on the strain of virus, drug use, other infections like hepatitis, any treatment given etc. Usually it take something like ten years to from infection to AIDS. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if the HIV virus and aids are the same virus, why do they have two names?

HIV/AIDS: Yes, they are one and the same. AIDS is a more advanced stage of HIV infection, designated by having a low CD4 count and/or other complications/infections that may occur with a more advanced stage of HIV. ...Read more

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If a person with the aids virus lived celebate, would the virus eventually kill their partner?

If a person with the aids virus lived celebate, would the virus eventually kill their partner?

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

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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

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Hi, I would like to know does ureaplasma parvum/ureaplasma ureaticum.causes complications. What viruses linked to hiv or aids.

Ureaplasma: Chronic infection with this organism can produce changes in the urethra, just as with any other form of inflammation. The only virus linked to HIV/AIDS is HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Many viruses may attack a compromised immune system in a patient with this illness. ...Read more

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Is the aids virus smaller than the holes in a sheepskin condom?

Is the aids virus smaller than the holes in a sheepskin condom?

Yes: Consequently, sheepskin condoms are not helpful in the prevention of HIV infection. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How did the first person diagnosed with hiv/aids contract the virus?

How did the first person diagnosed with hiv/aids contract the virus?

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

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Normally, how long would the hiv/ aids virus live in the body once a person passes away?

Normally, how long would the hiv/ aids virus live in the body once a person passes away?

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

Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more