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Living With Hiv Without Medication
In california government-funded anti-viral treatment plan, how many combinations of drug can be selected by the people living with hiv/aids?
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
Depends on situation: In my opinion, the decision to disclose HIV status to an employer is up to the patient. However, I think this is a case by case basis. If an HIV positive individual is working in the food industry, then it may be prudent to disclose HIV in the event of a cut when preparing food to others. But if just working a desk job, it may not be necessary to disclose as chances are less likely to get hiv. ...Read more
Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?
Hi doctors. I have black/purple marks on my legs that are itchy at times and very painful sometimes. I've been living with HIV since 2009 and that is?
You don't tell us: Whether you are being treated for HIV infection, but I presume you are. The most worrisome thing, though it is associated with AIDS, not just HIV infection, would be Kaposi sarcoma, a serious skin cancer. More likely this is purpura which results when small blood vessels burst and blood pools under the skin. Clotting disorders, including low platelets, need to be excluded. Discuss with HIV Doc. ...Read more
Can you have normal CBC wit diff and chem 14 and bun if you is living with HIV for 10 years untreated will your blood work be normal and x rays normal?
I learnt the antiretroviral drug for HIV is free. So how come living with it is expensive? My sister has HIV and there's no money. Will she die
Where do you live?: It's hard to answer without knowing where you live. In most developed countries, antiretroviral therapy is available to people who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. Treating HIV is expensive, but it doesn't have to be expensive for the person who has it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing: You did not include the name or dose of the medication you are interested in. ...Read more
HAART: Most infected Americans now are treated with one pill per day. ...Read more
ADAP: Yes, several. In Florida there are programs where if you earn less than $46, 800 a year, the state in partnership with the federal government will provide $800 a month for private insurance. Louisiana may have something similar. AHF (the AIDS Health Foundation) now located in several states may be able to help as well. Finally, writing to the pharmaceutical company for compassionate use works. ...Read more
Very low chance: The chance is extremely small, if at all. ...Read more
Is it likely for someone who isn't on medication to test negative for HIV at 7 weeks and positive at 12?
Coming soon: In the us, there are some generic HIV drugs available, but generally not the ones we prefer to use. That will be changing in the next few years. Highly effective drugs like Efavirenz (brand name sustiva) will become available in generic form, which could lower the cost of therapy. ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more