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Doctor insights on: Is The Aids Virus Smaller Than The Holes In A Sheepskin Condom

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Dr. James Lin
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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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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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Am I still at a risk of having hiv/aids if we use condoms?

Am I still at a risk of having hiv/aids if we use condoms?

Yes, risk is 5-10%: Reexamination of HIV seroconversion studies suggests that condoms are 90 to 95% effective when used consistently, i.e. Consistent condom users are 10 to 20 times less likely to become infected when exposed to the virus than are inconsistent or non-users. Though imperfect, condoms provide substantial protection against HIV infection. ...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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Why aren't HIV and AIDS just one name if they are both the same virus?

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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How long can aids virus mixed with blood and saliva live outside of the body?

How long can aids virus mixed  with blood and saliva live outside of the body?

HIV is hard to get: Probably seconds... If that. This persistent question is getting tiresome. Please state your real purpose for repeatedly asking this type of question. Why, at 70, are you persistently and rudely ignoring the repeated answer? ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting aids if the condom tears at the tip and he is hiv+?

Depends: That depends on his viral load. The risk is virtually zero if he's on treatment with an undetectable viral load. The risk increases if the viral load is high, but i can't give you a number. ...Read more

Condoms (Definition)

These are mostly closed end tubes of latex and occasionally other materials to cover the penis during intercourse and prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. A wise person uses them when the history of their partner is unknown. There are some available for women's use ...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