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In california government-funded anti-viral treatment plan, how many combinations of drug can be selected by the people living with hiv/aids?

In california government-funded anti-viral treatment plan, how many combinations of drug can be selected by the people living with hiv/aids?

HIV treatment norms: I am not sure what you are really asking. But, all combinations of HIV medications should be available to prescribe based upon the genetics of the virus one has in their body. I do not know of any limitations in any HIV program. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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 difficult is it to get on SSI living with HIV -1?

Nearly impossible: Now a days HIV us easy to treat. Easy to survive. And treated patients are getting healthier. I know of no patient today where HIV would be a reason for new SSI. ...Read more

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Can a person living with HIV for over 20 years still have the energy to live?

Can a person living with HIV for over 20 years still have the energy to live?

Of course: People with HIV can live long, healthy lives with proper treatment...Probably even normal lifespans. The goal is to die of old age, perhaps of a heart attack on the tennis court at the age of 95. ...Read more

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How many people are there in Africa living with hiv-2?

How many people are there in Africa living with hiv-2?

Hiv in africa: In 2010 there were approx 23 million people infected with HIV in africa. ...Read more

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Why does unexplained weight loss occurs in people living with HIV?

Why does unexplained weight loss occurs in people living with HIV?

Cytokines: Weight loss occurs with many diseases, e.g. tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancers, hyperthyroidism etc. Part of the weight loss is cause by release of cytokines by inflammatory cells. ...Read more

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How is it that people living with hiv/aids should tell their employers about their infection?

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

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Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?

Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?

Immunocompromised: HIV patients have diminished immune responses, so are succeptible to unusual infections such as HPV. If infected with HPV, this raises the chances of having cervical cancer ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Perhaps.: Some people have HIV infection without producing aids. After ten years, their numbers can still be normal. Most, unfortunately, after 10 years will have had evidence on the cbc. The only way to know is to get tested. It is easily controllable with well tolerated meds now. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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How long can you live without HIV medication?

Depends: Untreated HIV usually takes about ten years from the time of infection to full blown aids and death, but there are many variations on this timeline depending on the type of virus, immune response and genetics of the patient. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any alternatives to adap in paying for HIV medication?

Can you tell me if there are any alternatives to adap in paying for HIV medication?

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

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With medications will there be an HIV cure by at least the year 2020? Or around that area of time?

Living with HIV: There are some incredible research projects underway looking at creating HIV immunity. A whole group of us are working with the ragon institute to identify why some with HIV are protected. There are many other interesting projects. Have hope! ...Read more

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Is it likely for someone who isn't on medication to test negative for HIV at 7 weeks and positive at 12?

Is it likely for someone who isn't on medication to test negative for HIV at 7 weeks and positive at 12?

Yes: A person may not make antibodies to HIV, despite being infected for a few weeks to months, so called window period and later have a positive test when the person makes antibodies. ...Read more

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I am a 34 year old who has had HIV for 21yrs. I've heard that 22 years is like, the max for us? Is this true? What is the best medication for advanced

Not true: Amazing advancements have been made in the field of HIV treatment over the past years. There is no set maximum amount of time to live with hiv. Have you been taking medicine? The best thing to do is regularly see your physician. ...Read more

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Are certain HIV medications becoming cheap?

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

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