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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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What's symptoms do someone get from coinfection with HIV and hepatitis five months without medication?

What's symptoms do someone get from coinfection with HIV and hepatitis five months without medication?

Some or none: There may be no symptoms but either infection can make the other worse. Please see your doctor.

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What would happen to someone that is coinfected with HIV and hepatitis five months without medication?

What would happen to someone that is coinfected with HIV and hepatitis five months without medication?

Depends: That depends on a lot of factors: which type of hepatitis (b or c), the cd4 count, HIV viral load, and the degree of liver damage. In general, these are chronic rather than acute conditions, so 5 months is not a very long time.

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How accurate is a home HIV test that you get results in five minutes is that considered accurate and conclusive after 4 1/2 weeks?

How accurate is a home HIV test that you get results in five minutes is that considered accurate and conclusive after 4 1/2 weeks?

HIV oral fluids test: ...is not quite conclusive at 4.5 weeks, probably about 90% reliable. Most current (3rd generation) HIV blood tests, including the rapid ones, are conclusive by 6-8 wk after exposure, 4th gen at 4 wk. Previous advice about waiting 3 months is pretty much outmoded. However, the oral fluids test sometimes takes longer. It's the one test that probably is not conclusive until 3 months.

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Could the STD testing list include hiv?

Could the STD testing list include hiv?

Yes, but: In some states you must agree I writing for HIV testing. Routine testing may exclude or include the test. I would just ask the staff.

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Could a 3 months baby can acquire HIV infected uncle?

Could a 3 months baby can acquire HIV infected uncle?

Confusing question: Hiv is a blood borne infection. If the baby does not have blood contact with an affected uncle, s/he would not become infected.

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Is HIV only acquired by having sex with different people?

Is HIV only acquired by having sex with different people?

No: You can get it from your mother while getting born or nursing, or from sharing needles. Transfused blood should be safe everywhere.

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Can you acquire hiv if your partner has a cut lip?

Possible: HIV is transmitted through blood or sexual contact. In theory if you had a cut on your lip and your partner (with HIV) had an open bleeding cut on their lip you could get HIV in that way. It is very unlikely unless both of you have an open bleeding wounds and you have repeated exposures. If you are concerned please get tested.

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Besides HIV what leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Synonymous: Aids is caused by HIV infection. You can become immuno-suppressed by other conditions and illnesses, but the term is generally used to mean the result of HIV infection, although not everybody with HIV infection will have aids, .

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What is the likelihood of acquiring and std/hiv from unprotected sex?

What is the likelihood of acquiring and std/hiv from unprotected sex?

Difficult to answer: It depends on the risk factor of your partner. Does your partner have hiv? Does your partner have an std? How many sexual partners does your partner have? Does your partner use IV drugs like heroine. If you are worried get tested with your family doctor or gyn.

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If aids is transmitted by direct body fluids transfer, how can a man acquire aids/hiv from an infected woman?

If aids is transmitted by direct body fluids transfer, how can a man acquire aids/hiv from an infected woman?

Uncircumcised: Men who are uncircumcised are at higher risk for acquiring HIV from vaginal sex than men who are circumcised. This is because the skin under the foreskin is rich in immune cells that bind the hiv.

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Is there an HIV test result on this list? I asked them for one but I'm not sure what these results mean. Http://postimg. Org/image/rg6zhi7nr/

Is there an HIV test result on this list? I asked them for one but I'm not sure what these results mean. Http://postimg. Org/image/rg6zhi7nr/

ST Testing: The attached results show no: no gonorrhea, no chlamydia, no syphyllis. Hiv is not included. The lab may still be able to perform the test if not too late. Including an HIV test as a part of an std panel is of out most importance.

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Is there anything besides HIV that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Is there anything besides HIV that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

No: For all practical purposes the answer is no, but there are other means of depleting the cd4 count, some of which are of unknown source. They can produce a similar result as hiv, and we can do this as well with some of the drugs used to treat a variety of illnesses in medical practice. But when we talk about immunodeficiency syndrome we are almost always talking about HIV disease.

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Can anything or any condition delay antibody development for HIV to longer than 15 months? I have tested five times at over 12 months.

Can anything or any condition delay antibody development for HIV to longer than 15 months? I have tested five times at over 12 months.

None: There are no medical conditions or medications that delay HIV antibody. And if you have had antigen testing (duo test), it further proves you didn't catch HIV. This is your 3rd or 4th question about this. Obviously you are obsessed and over-worried and having trouble accepting the evidence you don't have HIV. If you can't shake it, consider counseling. I suggest it from compassion, not criticism.

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Besides HIV what can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Besides HIV what can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Secondary immunodef: As dr. Gallant explains, only hiv-1 and hiv-2 cause aids. If you are asking what other causes are there for other aquired immune deficiencies besides hiv/aids, then there are several. A new one was just reported this week from an nih team. Sometimes these are called "other secondary immunodeficiency" rather than "other acquired immunodeficiency syndromes (aids)". See an immunologist.

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Acquired immune deficiency syndrome a.K.A. Aids. What percent with HIV get it?

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome a.K.A. Aids. What percent with HIV get it?

Almost everyone: Almost everyone with HIV infection will eventually develop aids if they're not treated. The few exceptions are a small number of "long-term non-progressors" who are able to maintain normal t-cell counts and low viral loads without antiretroviral therapy. However, there's no longer any reason that someone with HIV infection should ever have to develop aids. Early treatment prevent aids and death.

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