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If someone is diagnosed with HIV typically how long do they have to live?

If someone is diagnosed with HIV typically how long do they have to live?

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 more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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 long after being infected with HIV do symptoms typically appear?

Variable: Many people get a flu like illness 3-4 weeks after the initial infection. Then there is a variable period of asymptomatic infection and then some years later the person can have many symptoms due to infections, tumors, and the syndrome of aids. Not all patient have the initial flu like illness and unless tested, may have no symptoms for years. ...Read more

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How long does someone with HIV live for?

How long does someone with HIV live for?

Near normal lifespan: With timely diagnosis and treatment for hiv, several studies have estimated that people living with HIV can have a near normal life expectancy. Be sure to know your HIV status since there are effective treatments. (http://www.Retroconference.Org/2012b/abstracts/44961.Htm ; http://www.Thelancet.Com/journals/lancet/article/piis0140673608611137/abstract). ...Read more

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How long does it take for someone show symptoms of hiv?

How long does it take for someone show symptoms of hiv?

Depends...: The answer depends.... If you are talking about symptoms of acute hiv, these may occur within 2 to 4 weeks of infection and may last a week. However, not everyone gets the symptoms of acute hiv. If you are talking about symptoms of HIV associated with later more advanced disease, then usually this may take a few years before seeing symptoms like weight loss, fevers, night sweats. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Why isn't there an average time on how long HIV survives outside the body? Is it preference, or is there a chance it can be caught environmentally.

Reality: Let's think. Who's going to do a worthless study like this? We know people aren't getting HIV from fomites. Studies of families with hiv-positive leukemic kids showed it was never transmitted despite family members actually contacting blood. To test infectiousness, you're going to have to inoculate animals with shed blood -- and what's the purpose? All we know is that the bugs die very fast. ...Read more

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Can someone have acute HIV symptoms for a day or two but then stop? Would this be something else? How long do acute HIV symptoms usually last?

Very variable: Many people do not have any symptoms of acute HIV infections. The type of symptoms and duration is also very variable. If you have any doubt, get an HIV nucleic acid test through your doctor. You may consult this site for more info on this topic. http://www.med.unc.edu/infdis/actu/current-studies/acute-hiv ...Read more

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I had anal and it didn't last long only 2 mins and he didn't put the who thing in me it hurts too much ! What's the chances of getting hiv? Scared!!!

I had anal and it didn't last long only 2 mins and he didn't put the who thing in me it hurts too much ! What's the chances of getting hiv? Scared!!!

HIV: This is an excellent way to have HIV transmitted from a person who is infected. It appears that some of the cells in the rectum are very receptive to the virus. Go and get yourself tested and begin regular use of only protected sex. To alleviate the discomfort of anal sex you must be relaxed and using adequate lubrication. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to contract HIV after using a razor (for shaving) of someone who has HIV? How long would it take to show up? Been tested

How likely is it for someone to contract HIV after using a razor (for shaving) of someone who has HIV?  How long would it take to show up? Been tested

Not likely:zero risk: It is fully unlikely. There is ZERO risk here. HIV, unlike some other viruses, does not survive on inanimate objects and is not transmitted in this manner. You do not need to test. You cannot get HIV this way. ...Read more

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I went to the drs and had an HIV test that was last tuesday and i still don't have a result if its anything would I have known by now? How long it take

Call your doctor: The test should have been completed a while ago. The process for the test takes less than a day. Call your doctor for the result. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more