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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What do you have to take to stay alive if you hve HIV?

What do you have to take to stay alive if you hve 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

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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


Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How long does HIV blood stay alive for outside the body?

How long does HIV blood stay alive for outside the body?

HIV: This is a fragile virus. Even when contained in a body fluid drying will diminish the viral concentration by 99% within several hours. Heat and cold kill it rapidly. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Is it possible for living with a HIV infected person to be dangerous?

Is it possible for living with a HIV infected person to be dangerous?

No: Not unless you are having unprotected sex. During the decades that there was no effective treatment, no family member became infected through ordinary household contact. You might not want to share toothbrushes or razors; that's probably it. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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I'm living with her HIV far the bast 10 years untreated how bat is if?

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

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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What happens if a type 1 diabetic has HIV then how long will that person be alive?

What happens if a type 1 diabetic has HIV then how long will that person be alive?

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

Dr. Stephen Christensen Dr. Christensen
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
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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

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 more

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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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If I live with a person who has hiv, can we get infected through sharing a living space?

No: During the years when no treatment was available,, not a single casual household contact where there was no sex or needle-sharing became infected. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Subir Mitra Dr. Mitra
Pediatrics
19 years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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Might a newborn baby be at any risk living with someone infected with hiv?

HIV: Hiv is transmitted through sexual contact and blood. As long as you are using universal precautions there should be no problem. Good hand washing, properly disposing any items with blood or other secretions, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Would a newborn baby be at any risk living with someone infected with the HIV virus?

Would a newborn baby be at any risk living with someone infected with the HIV virus?

No: Unless being breast fed by an hiv+ mother or sexually abused a newborn baby is unlikely to acquire HIV from casual contact with an hiv+ person. This is not a disease which is easy to get. It requires some form of intimate contact. ...Read more

Dr. Dominic Riganotti Dr. Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
21 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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People living longer and longer without getting aidss. Please tell me if treatment for hiv/aids advancing?

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

Dr. David Lipkin Dr. Lipkin
Internal Medicine
48 years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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Unprotected vag exposure. Got tested for HIV with combo and RNA at 9,23,58 and 87 days, all negative. Can I stop testing and start living? Tks

Yes: Most sensitive HIV tests will be (+) within 30-35 days and the newer tests will be (+) in 10-20 days. I feel confident that your tests being negative at 87 days, and all the prior negative tests, means you can stop worrying. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Julie Abbott Dr. Abbott
Preventive Medicine
41 years in practice
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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

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 more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
1,471 doctors shared insights

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