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Yes, but...: ...this is your 3rd or 4th question because of worry about HIV in what (from another question) was an obviously low risk exposure. You appear to be irrationally concerned, and having trouble believing or accepting repeated reassurance. There's no point in repeated questions; the answers won't change. Consider counseling; I suggest it from compassion, not criticism. Good luck and stay safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
HIV testing: This depends upon the test employed. They are generally both sensitive and specific but false positive results do occur. This question can be overcome with further testing, the most specific being PCR for HIV RNA. You should be seen by an expert in the management of HIV disease. ...Read more
Yes, but: Hiv is almost always deadly if not treated. But, if you get treatment and take the medications, it is not usually deadly in today's world. It is important to see a doctor experienced in HIV treatment, and to take your medications as the doctor recommends. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any statistics for HIV1/HIV2 ratio in all HIV world?i.e %80 of HIV infected people carry HIV1?
HIV: HIV 1 is more prevalent in the US and Europe and HIV 2 are more prevalent in Africa. But there are no statistics because a big portion of the population does not even know their HIV status. HIV is now increasing in the 16 years old to 25 years old, despite education most people are having sex without protection and also there is an increase in multiple sex partners. Misconception medications cure. ...Read more
It might: Especially if you have open blisters.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: no effect on testing.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it possible to have an HIV p24 antigen, HIV antibody, and HIV PCR accurate 5 weeks after exposure?
Yes in part: The tests that detect actual HIV virus, such a the HIV viral load (pcr), will likely be positive 5 weeks after an exposure that results in transmission of hiv. The HIV antibody test may still be undetectable. So, if you are very worried about acute hiv, it is very important to discuss with your health provider so they do the right tests. ...Read more
Great question: Rare autopsies show no anatomic or toxicologic cause of death. We must then consider channelopathies (brugada, long qt), botulism, black widow spider bite, coral snakes, anaphylaxis, the choking game, glue sniffing, takotsubo (maybe), sudden death in epilepsy, sleep apnea, serotonin syndrome, and of course unsafe sleep environment ; "gentle murder" of an infant or disabled person. ...Read more
Can hiv pcr plasma test at 8 weeks post possible exposure detect virus even if there coinfection with hepatitis?
Highly probable: This is almost invariably the case.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes.: Atripla is a fixed dose combination of 600 mg efavirenz, 300 mg tenofovir, and 200 mg emtricitabine. In adults, it is taken once daily on an empty stomach. Dosing at bedtime is recommended to improve tolerability of nervous system symptoms. To my knowledge, the only indication for prescribing Atripla is HIV infection. Atripla is three anti-hiv drugs in one pill. ...Read more
No: With few exceptions, no major racial difference has been noticed. ...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