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What is the life expectancy of a child born with hiv/aids without any treatment?

What is the life expectancy of a child born with hiv/aids without any treatment?

Impossible: There are too many variables. And, now no one would do this experiment to get such an answer.

I know of no health professional that would stand by and let a child die. The parents would, in my opinion, lose parental rights if they refused treatment for their child in this scenario. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Briefly explain chronic calcific pancreatitis.....Causes....? Treatment...? Life expectancy.....?

Briefly explain chronic calcific pancreatitis.....Causes....? Treatment...? Life expectancy.....?

Epigastric pain: Chronic pancreatitis is caused by chronic inflammation of the pancreas. No matter what the cause, the danger lies in the complications that can arise such as pancreatic-pseudo -cyst, decrease exocrine and endocrine function. Eventually, the pancreas will not work at all and you will have to take the enzymes that it usually produces to help in the digestion process. Treat symptoms. Watch etoh. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some of the symptoms, treatment, and what is the life expectancy of someone who suffers from alzheimers?

Can you tell me some of the symptoms, treatment, and what is the life expectancy of someone who suffers from alzheimers?

Strongly advise: You contact alzheimer's foundation, or "the judy fund in palm springs california. They up to date on all the questions you have! ...Read more

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Are t helpers that are found in blood a sign u have are been exposed to hiv are does this test means something about life expectancy???

Are t helpers that are found in blood a sign u have are been exposed to hiv are does this test means something about life expectancy???

Meaningless test: T cells should not be tested unless HIV has already been diagnosed. If only exposed, the CD4 (T helper) count means nothing. IF possibly exposed, have an HIV test and rely on that result. No other blood tests matter. If you are suspected to have some other kind of immune deficiency, it's too complex for this forum. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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With proper treatment and medication can someone still live a full life even if their HIV has progressed into AIDS by the time of diagnosis?

With proper treatment and medication can someone still live a full life even if their HIV has progressed into AIDS by the time of diagnosis?

Absolutely: Thousands of people in the US alone are living proof, John. Why do you ask? I think perhaps it's time to be brave, sit down with a decent and humane physician, and accept his/her friendship and caring, even if it's perhaps been hard for you to accept warmth in the past. Whatever happens, you'll be nurtured through this experience and come out a happier and more fulfilled man. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who is born with hiv?

What is the life expectancy of someone who is born with hiv?

Babies and HIV: I am very curious about your ongoing questions around this issue. In todays world, even in the far flung villages in africa and other places babies rarely get HIV anymore. Managing infection in pregnant mothers as well as preventing infection during and after the birth is the standard of care. Babies do not need to be born with HIV anymore. ...Read more

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If the life expectancy of a child born with HIV is 3 years, then why is it the people catch HIV as an adult? How did it progress to adults having it?

If the life expectancy of a child born with HIV is 3 years, then why is it the people catch HIV as an adult? How did it progress to adults having it?

Depends where u live: In developed countries like the usa medical science has developed new drugs to keep an HIV patient alive for a very long time. That medication is quite expensive ; if you live in a third world country this kind of therapy is not readily available. You also have to have an educated public because the regimen in taking the medication is very important. ...Read more

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Hiv just diagnosed in family member/ need answers, life expectancy, etc?

Hiv just diagnosed in family member/ need answers, life expectancy, etc?

Book suggestion: That's too much to discuss in the limited space available here. At the risk of pushing my own book, i'd suggest you read "100 questions and answers about HIV and aids, " which is written for exactly this situation. ...Read more

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What's happen in HIV if we stop ART treatment and the virus is <150 copies and I have to eat medicine (ART) for whole life or not?

Disease progresses: Your disease would come back and begin, once again, to destroy your immune system. Being undetectable now means you will live a normal life span and are not in any way contagious. Staying undetectable is now known to mean you are functionally HIV negative. The medications are a miracle. Keep taking them until a better option comes along. ...Read more

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When is someone supposed to start Hiv treatment?

When is someone supposed to start Hiv treatment?

As soon as diagnosed: I think you're the same person who previously asked a question about a 10 year old HIV infection with good HIV viral load and CD4 count despite no treatment. Please re-read that reply. Most people should be immediately started on anti-HIV treatment as soon as HIV is diagnosed. But your situation requires personal attention by an expert. You'll never get a clear answer on this forum. ...Read more

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Treatment for aids and hiv?

HAART: Currently treatment for HIV consists of highly active antiretroviral therapy or haart. This means taking a combination of medications that act at different sites of the virus' replication cycle. Why? We know that using only one agent leads to resistance because the virus is so robust at replicating. We pick the treatment based on the persons resistance pattern ; how they tolerate the medication. ...Read more

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How many years HIV infected person live with treatment?

How many years HIV infected person live with treatment?

Near normal life: HIV infected persons who respond to treatment and are compliant with treatment have near normal life span. ...Read more

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What difference does treatment make for HIV positive people?

A big difference: Treatment for those with HIV can make a huge difference. Although we do not yet have a cure, we can now keep people much healthier and safe from a variety of serious infections that can lead to death. The current treatment for HIV involves a 'cocktail' of at least 3 medications and has been shown to extend people's lives almost to the extent of people without HIV and has been a lifesaver for many. ...Read more

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Am I going to die if I missed four days in a row of HIV treatment?

Am I going to die if I missed four days in a row of HIV treatment?

Missed 4days/hiv med: No you are not going to die, start taking meds as prescribed and do not miss any more days, as irregular ingestion can cause antibiotic resistance
it is very important to take all your drugs as prescribed
good luck. ...Read more

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Am HIV positive. On treatment. Can I marry someone that is negative?

Thriving with HIV: Yes. Of course. An HIV expert can give you the recent statistics about this. But, now a days with good treatment couples with discordant HIV status can be sexual and not transmit this virus. There is absolutely nothing to prevent you from living a full and productive and loving life. ...Read more

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How long can a child born with HIV live if they never get treatment....

How long can a child born with HIV live if they never get treatment....

HIV vertical: No one can say exactly how long anyone with any condition will live, but I can assure you that a child born with HIV will longer with treatment than they will without it. ...Read more

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How much can human lives in hiv/aid with treatment or without treatment?

Difficult to answer: With proper treatment and precautions, one can live a full, normal life with HIV. With no treatment there is an agonizing downhill course over several months or a few years. ...Read more

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Will the pep treatment work if started a few hours after hiv exposure?

Likely: There is no better alternative than taking PEP. Stick to the medication and be compliant with your doctor's instructions. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the advantages of delaying HIV treatment?

None: Starting treatment early controls progress of disease and reduces the risk of transmitting it to others. See your doctor to plan your treatment asap. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to write a 10 page paper on 4 types of HIV treatment?

Write it: Try to understand the molecular biology. Choose 4 of the 5; entry / fusion inhibitors, nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, integrase inhibitors, and protease inhibitors. ...Read more

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How do I find out how much difference does treatment make for HIV positive people?

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How do I find out how much difference does treatment make for HIV positive people?

Lifesaving: Hiv without treatment is almost invariably a slow decline, with a rapid fall off the cliff at the end when opportunistic infections take over; it is a brutal, painful disease to live in the end stages of. Treatment of hiv, if done appropriately and early enough, can allow HIV positive patients to lead essentially normal lives. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when a baby is born with hiv, and doesn't receive treatment?

Hypothetical: Experiences of 1980's before effective antiviral became available revealed infant developed aids by 6-10 months and survived only 2-3 years. ...Read more

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Can someone 20-25 years old develope aids after 2 or 3 years or even months after exposure to hiv without treatment?

Yes: There is no age at which you can't get AIDS. Once exposed it can take weeks to test HIV positive depending on which test is used and once HIV positive it takes time to develop full blown AIDS. How long depends in part on how healthy you and specifically your immune system is. Generally you don't develop AIDS over night when you are exposed. Hope this helps. Be safe. Treatment can prevent it. ...Read more

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Can someone 20-25 years old develope aids after 2 or 3 years or even months after exposure to hiv without treatment?

Yes: It can because hiv viruses keep destroying the t cell lymphocytes which are protecting the immune system. ...Read more

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I'm hiv+ and on ARVs for 18months now. Contracted gonorrhoea a couple of weeks ago and got treatment. It still won't go away?

I'm hiv+ and on ARVs for 18months now. Contracted gonorrhoea a couple of weeks ago and got treatment. It still won't go away?

Unbelievable: Talk about never learning one's lesson. There is no advice anyone can give you over the internet other than to see a doctor and have the problem reevaluated. If you took doxycycline for gonorrhea, the organism was likely resistant to it. ...Read more

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I am hiv+ but receiving art treatment almost 2 years and I am not dedectable 0.0 still am I higly infective to my sex partner he is negative. .

I am hiv+ but receiving art treatment almost 2 years and I am not dedectable 0.0 still am I higly infective to my sex partner he is negative. .

Decreased risk but: Unprotected sex in which a person is seronegative and the partner is seropositive with an undetectable viral load, the risk of transmitting HIV is substantially decreased. HOWEVER, 1&#41; there remains a risk -and more importantly 2&#41; Unprotected sex still places you at risk for other sexually transmitted infections such as herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and others. ...Read more

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What was the fastest case of exposure to HIV to developing aids without treatment for a person aged 20 to 25 years old? How many years or months?

What was the fastest case of exposure to HIV to developing aids without treatment for a person aged 20 to 25 years old? How many years or months?

Average is 8-10 year: The average time from acquiring the virus to developing
an Aids defining illness or CD4 count </= 200 is 8-10 years, but there can be considerable variation. Routine HIV screening is recommended for all those age 13-65 (75 recommended by some).**With early treatment it is expected that HIV (+) patients should have the same life expectancy as the general population. GET TESTED ROUTINELY ...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