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Is HCV anything like hiv?

Is HCV anything like hiv?

HCV can be cured: Our goal in treating HIV is to suppress the virus and help build the immune system back up. If people take their meds they can potentially have a normal lifespan. But we do not know how to eradicate HIV from the body's cells. Hepatitis c can be eradicated, or cured. And it has a finite duration of treatment (24 to 48 weeks now). Both require combination drugs and careful adherence. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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What is fresh blood touching cuts as far as HIV an hep c are concerned?

What is fresh blood touching cuts as far as HIV an hep c are concerned?

Unlikely: This is yet another far-from-real-life question expressing concern about HIV and hepatitis c transmission. It's difficult for pathogens to get through the fibrin meshwork that seals a cut. And what are you doing getting fresh blood on your hands? Most of your questions are unrealistic, but if you had heavy blood contamination like this, really, get with your physician about HIV & be more careful. ...Read more

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There is a sexual disease. It is HIV aids. What to do?

There is a sexual disease. It is HIV aids. What to do?

Safe sex: Actually, there are 30+ sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). HIV/AIDS is the worst because it is always fatal if not treated, but many others also are dangerous. "What to do?" But most are easy to avoid by sexual responsibility: care in choosing partners, safe sex (condoms etc) for new or uncertain partners; periodic check-ups to catch infections early. ...Read more

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What does a nonreactive/neg HIV 1/2 AG/AB 4th GEN/RFL mean? Why does it say it does not exclude HIV and that seroconversion is variable?

What does a nonreactive/neg HIV 1/2 AG/AB 4th GEN/RFL mean? Why does it say it does not exclude HIV and that seroconversion is variable?

For the lawyers: Nobody knows how often the new HIV tests turn positive "late" because nobody really knows who's done what other risky stuff and not told about it. I'd accept negative / nonreactive results if the usual time frame for the test has lapsed, be thankful for good health, love safely from now on, and share the memory of whatever happened as something to be treasured. ...Read more

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Hiv western blot- all antibodies -ve except 1p17 detected. Hiv tridot is negative.What is further advise?

Hiv western blot- all antibodies -ve except 1p17 detected. Hiv tridot is negative.What is further advise?

HIV: Hiv western blot confirmation is generally not necessary with some of the newer serological tests available. The best measure is a pcr for HIV rna. This is expensive, but definitive when negative. ...Read more

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Hi, i've been getting answers that HIV / aids wouldn't transmitted through mosquitos bites, despite that there is blood n needle involved. Why is it?

Hi, i've been getting answers that HIV / aids wouldn't transmitted through mosquitos bites, despite that there is blood n needle involved. Why is it?

They don't regurgate: Mosquito's do not regurgitate their blood meal from one meal host to the next. The do secrete a saliva product. There have been absolutely studies linking mosquito's and HIV transmission. ...Read more

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Is hsv2 antibody blood test reliable?Does hsv2 make any conjunctivitis like chlamydia or GU?

Is hsv2 antibody blood test reliable?Does hsv2 make any conjunctivitis like chlamydia or GU?

Yes: The antibody testing for Herpes simplex is usually accurate, but distinguishing between Types 1 & 2 may be problematic depending upon the test employed. Herpes can produce ocular infection and if you have these symptoms you should be seen by an ophthalmologist immediately, before your vision may be permanently affected. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about HIV transmission!! blade is new but razor(holder) is old?

Can you tell me about HIV transmission!! blade is new but razor(holder) is old?

Sex and blood: HIV transmission occurs during sexual activity or by direct blood to blood exposure in needle sharing. As you have been previously told you have no risk of HIV from inanimate objects such as a razor holder. ...Read more

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I am Negative after 11 month HIV Antibodies and Proviral DNA PCR viral load is undetectable.Should i check for HIV in Sperm?Is it required to be sure?

I am Negative after 11 month HIV Antibodies and Proviral DNA PCR viral load is undetectable.Should i check for HIV in Sperm?Is it required to be sure?

No: Who told you this nonsense? Be thankful for good health. You've HIV negative. Be glad. Love more wisely from now on, and cherish the memory of giving and receiving love that raised the question in the first place. Use barrier protection until you've found that one special person. ...Read more

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Is it true that homosexuals are more likely to transmit diseases like hepatitis, HSV and hiv-2?

It's what you do: It's not a question of whether they're more likely to transmit, but whether they're more likely to be infected. Hiv-2 is seen in west africans, not gay men. Hepatitis b is more common in gay men, hepatitis c in drug users. Hsv is widespread throughout the population. Anal sex transmits HIV easily whether done by gay people or straight people. Risk depends not on who you are, but on what you do. ...Read more

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Did hepatitis b infect another person through mouth kissing, ?If the other is a chronic carrier ..Im confused as IG mucous contains this virus or not

Unclear: Hep b is not by oral/fecal route transmission like hep a. The virus is present in the saliva but whether it can be transmitted by ingestion is unclear. It can be transmitted if there are open areas or sores in the mouth while deep kissing, like in those with braces. ...Read more

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If a person has STD like gonorrhea, or syphlis or herpes, does it mean he/she is near to death?

If a person has STD like gonorrhea, or syphlis or herpes, does it mean  he/she is near to death?

No: But these are potentially serious medical conditions that need to be treated promptly for the best long term outcome. ...Read more

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Why would someone hv undetectable viral load in semen but not in blood or vice versa? How could HIV antibody test take up this

Why would someone hv undetectable viral load in semen but not in blood or vice versa? How could HIV antibody test take up this

Body fluids carry it: HIV can be found in blood, semen, pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluid, and in breast milk. Typically, it is not found in other fluids such as tears, mucus, urine, sweat, saliva unless there is blood present in them. If there is detectable virus in the blood, there is contagiousness. Semen viral loads should not be used to gauge contagiousness. ...Read more

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What is meant if you hep c test is positive but they sai the viral load is nondetectable?

What is meant if you hep c test is positive but they sai the viral load is nondetectable?

Depends: It could be a false positive hepatitis c antibody which can be seen in women and patients with rheumatologic conditions. Or, the person could have had hepatitis c, but cleared the virus. ...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


Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by the hepatitis C virus that attacks the liver and ...Read more