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Signs And Symptoms Of Hiv Virus
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
Classical onset: Unilateral loss of vision, loss of balance and coordination, electrical shocks down back on flexion of neck, weakness and stiffness in legs, but also, more subtle, including focal weakness, fatigue, cognitive deterioration, double vision, dizziness, etc. Important, these presentations may be associated with other illnesses, and, in themselves are not diagnostic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I'm showing signs and symptoms of hiv, even if its before the window period is up, will I be able to test positive?
Depends: It is very unlikely that your symptoms are due to HIV, if you are in the window period. By definition, antibody tests are negative in the window period. If you get a HIV nucleic acid test, that is the earliest test to turn positive in a person with HIV. But a negative result on a test done too soon does not rule out infection. Visit this site for info. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html ...Read more
Many: The acute illness may look like the 'flu perhaps with a rash. The chronic illness may have no signs until later when diarrhea, big lymph nodes, mental changes and eventually infections and/or Kaposi's sarcoma appear. You cannot detect HIV in someone else, or yourself, accurately without testing, which nowadays is very reliable; if there are questions, you own it to yourself & others to be certain. ...Read more
Open lesions: Shingles virus is a lesion in the dorsal horn of the spinal column which nestled there after chicken pox. It can become activated when one is exhausted, stressed, immunocompromised, or on steroids. The symptoms are not only debilitating pain but also a rash of lesions in a dermatome distribution, that is, along a path from a nerve in the spinal column wrapped around to the front of the body. ...Read more
I was wondering why does the suggestions tab suggest HIV and aids for me? Do I have signs and symptoms of the hiv? Is there something i don't know?
HIV Risks: Hi this may be a mistake. Looking at the limited history you have provided here on healthtap it sure looks like you are not at risk. The ways people get HIV is to either have a blood to blood exposure such as sharing needles for illicit drug use or to have unprotected sexual intercourse with someone who is infected. ...Read more
How is HIV/Aids contacted? Does an STD test or pap smear test for it? What are the signs and symptoms?
No quick answer: Much too complex to answer here, especiallyin HealthTap's 400 character limit. By unprotected vaginal or anal sex, or intimate blood contact like sharing needles for drug use. It isn't diagnosed by routine STD or pap tests; a special HIV test is necessary. Symptoms too many to list, but often none at all until severe AIDS appears. Many online resources; start with CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HIV infection: The acute infection stage of HIV usually begins to be widespread at about fourteen days after exposure. Most people do not experience any symptoms during this phase. But, those that do report a severe flu-like illness. Untreated, in a man, the average length of infection to death is eleven years.But, we do not need to worry about that. With treatment today, the length of life is 53 plus years. ...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