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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. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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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 any one have site on the aids virus please submit thank you?

Does any one 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 out side the body?

Normally, how long would the aids virus survive out side 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

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