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Stillbirth Hiv Positive
Insufficient info: You don't tell us what test you had. I assume that the number is the optical density of an ELISA for HIV antibodies. Depending on what the laboratory that did the test determines as positive, that will tell you if you really are. That is the best I can tell you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
CD4 count around 200: Hiv destroys cd4 cells (specific type of white blood cell that plays a role in helping to fight diseases). The immune system weakens as more cd4 cells are killed. Hiv infection can exist for years before it progresses to aids. People with HIV progress to aids when their cd4 counts fall below 200 or they experience an aids-defining illness (infection/malignancy like pneumocystis or lymphoma). ...Read more
Not likely: About 20% of the population catch the flu yearly. Most are healthy persons. Hiv positive makes you more succeptable to infection so yes if you are in poor condition and HIV pos you can catch viral, bacterial and fungal infections easier, however just because you catch the flu is no reason to suspect that you are now HIV positive. If you have risk factors for HIV then get tested. ...Read more
Sure: The HIV virus, and viruses in general, are equal-opportunity germs. They do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, or ethnicity. Also, "HIV positive" can mean a positive screening test, a positive confirmatory test, etc... A person is truly HIV positive if she has a positive confirmatory test that shows she actually has her own HIV infection. ...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
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