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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?

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

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an elisa assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...Read more

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Is there more than one strain of virus that can cause hiv?

Is there more than one strain of virus that can cause hiv?

Yes: There are two types of hiv-hiv 1 and hiv2.Both are transmitted thru sexual contact, thru blood , and from mother to child and they appear to cause clinically indistinguishable aids.However, hiv2 is less easily transmitted & period bet.Initial infection/illness is longer w hiv2(concentrated in w.Africa, rarely fd elsewhere).Worldwide, predominant virus is hiv-1 w subgroups m, n, o & p. ...Read more

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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

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Is there more than one mumps virus strain going around?

Is there more than one mumps virus strain going around?

Only one mumps: Parotitis , the single or doublesided swelling of the parotid gland is the classical feature of mumps. There is one mumps virus. However, there are multiple other viruses and some bacteria that can cause infection/swelling in the parotid glands. Just having swollen parotid glands does not mean you have mumps. ...Read more

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Hi,I would like to know does ureaplasma parvum/ureaplasma ureaticum.causes complications.What viruses linked to hiv or aids.

Hi,I would like to know does ureaplasma parvum/ureaplasma ureaticum.causes complications.What viruses linked to hiv or aids.

Ureaplasma: Chronic infection with this organism can produce changes in the urethra, just as with any other form of inflammation. The only virus linked to HIV/AIDS is HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Many viruses may attack a compromised immune system in a patient with this illness. ...Read more

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Is hep a more contagious than HIV virus?

Is hep a more contagious than  HIV virus?

Comparison?: The two diseases are transmitted very differently. Hep a by the fecal-oral route and HIV only by very intimate contact through blood, semen, other body secretions directly. Impossible to quantify comparatively. ...Read more

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Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an elisa assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...Read more

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Can someone HIV positive test negative for HIV when they become undetectable? wouldn't there be at least one copy of the virus in the blood test?

Can someone HIV positive test negative for HIV when they become undetectable? wouldn't there be at least one copy of the virus in the blood test?

NO: Can't be negative. A undetectable viral test........is a lab lauanguage. At that level one have more than enough virus in the body...are kind of in sequestration. ...Read more

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


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