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Living With Someone Who Has Hiv
Antiretroviral drugs: There are numerous very effective forms of anti-retroviral treatment that can keep HIV at bay for years. With proper treatment and expert care, most HIV infected people can live normal lifespans. The best drugs can vary from one person to another. Find a doctor or clinic with lots of experience in HIV/AIDS, such as an infectious diseases specialist, and follow his or her advice. ...Read more
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
Taking risk: HIV infection takes variable amount of time to turn into AIDS. By not taking treatment you are playing Russian Roulette with your health. Please consult your doctor or local healthcare organization to start treatment as soon as possible. You should also inform your sex partners of your illness. ...Read more
Natural Life: There is no reason to believe that anyone in America today on good HIV treatment will have anything but their normal length of natural life. The latest longevity study puts the length of life on treatment at 54 years. If you do not have a good HIV expert here is a way to find one where you live: http://www.aahivm.org. ...Read more
If someone was raped as a child, would it be likely to have HIV 18 years later without any symptoms and living a normal life? The raped occurred 18 years ago. The person lives a perfect normal life. Average weight and no symptoms or sickness during those
According : According to a 2010 review in "the journal of the american medical association, " fewer than one-half of one percent of untreated hiv-infected individuals remain asymptomatic for up to 20 years. Most people with untreated HIV infection develop aids within a decade of infection. Treatment with antiviral drugs improves survival and helps prevent progression to aids. The chance of HIV infection in the person mentioned in your question is very low. If you suspect HIV infection, a simple blood test will address your concerns. Your doctor can answer any questions you may have about this test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could HIV live on cardboard, leather, or other products that come from living things (like animals and trees)?
Can you tell me when we live with a person who has hiv, can we get infected through just living in close proximity?
What do you advise if I'm living in constant fear. I hope and pray I haven't hiv. please experts answer me?
Get educated: Find a doc that is your partner in this life. You can find a doc like me here: http://www.glma.org. Second here is the latest. HIV infected humans are now known to be functionally HIV negative and not in any way contagious if on effective treatment. HIV infection can get prevented after an exposure if treatment is started 48 hours after exposure. ...Read more
People living longer and longer without getting aidss. Please tell me if treatment for hiv/aids advancing?
Several ways: Treatment is advancing by medical regimens becoming simpler to take ( thus better patient adherence), more potent in nature ( penetrating to deeper tissue stores) and new mechanisms of action to combat potential development of resistance. ...Read more
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
10 HIV tests- 4gen combo and RNA - week 1,3,8,12,17 all neg. Exposure = unprot vaginal (dumb). Can I start living or do i need to test at 6 mons? Thks
"Start living!": You HAVE been worried about getting infected with HIV...10 tests! Most experts have dropped the recommendation to undergo a final HIV test (following an isolated exposure) at 6 months, especially with the newer generation HIV antibody tests. I agree with this recommendation. I think you can start to live again....but you've obviously learned something important! Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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