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How To Live Positively With Hiv
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
HIV is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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
Nobody knows: There is no "typical" life expectancy for HIV (or anything else, for that matter). Magic johnson has been HIV positive for over 20 years, and he seems to be doing just fine. No reputable physician will ever say, "you have x weeks/months/years to live" under any circumstances, much less when HIV is involved. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How advance has the meds for treating HIV come? Is it tru that as long as you take your meds that you can live as long as someone without?
Longer...: It seems that new advances are made in the field of HIV treatments every day. If you, or someone you know has been told this you should be discussing the matter with your primary care doc; and an infectious disease doctor. And for your privacy the internet should not be the place of dicsussion for this topic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
HIV is very: Sensitive to environmental exposure and does not last longer . I think you wanted to know whether HIV can be transmitted airborne. The answer would be no. Hiv is strictly body fluid related infection including sexual intercourse , contaminated blood and blood product transfusion , skin or blood vessels pricked by sharp object that contain contaminated ( hiv) containing body fluid ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: If you take HIV medicines and follow up with your HIV specialist's recommendations, you will probably live a healthy life. There are very effective HIV medicines today. If you don't take HIV medicines and don't see your doctor, you will probably not live a healthy life as you will sooner or later get one of those illnesses we call opportunistic infections because your immune system will be damaged. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid blood contact: You are unlikely at risk for HIV from your brother. Hiv is spread through unprotected sexual contact or sharing infected needles. I'm assuming you're doing neither with your brother, so your risk is minimal. I would avoid blood contact if you have an open sore or cut, but intact skin will protect you from hiv. Would not share razors or toothbrushes, but okay to share eating utensils, toilet, etc. ...Read more
A normal life: The name of the game is getting diagnosed early...And by early i mean before your cd4 cell count gets anywhere near the 200 mark. The best way to manage the disease is to keep a strong immune system. The data now shows with appropriate treatment the lifespan of an HIV infected individual is a mere few years shoerter than if never HIV infected. ...Read more
How long does HIV live outside the body? does the fluid need to be dry or can it die before it dries?
Human immunodeficiency virus is also known as HIV/AIDS. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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