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How long does it take hiv-aids to affect a person's body?

How long does it take hiv-aids to affect a person's body?

About 2ks-3mos.: The antibodies to HIV start to appear 2 weeks after infection, and rarely take longer than 3 months to show up. Antigens, like plasma p24 antigen levels start to rise before the antibodires. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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


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How long does it take hiv-aids to appear as symptoms in a person's body?

How long does it take hiv-aids to appear as symptoms in a person's body?

AIDS HOW LONG/HIV IN: It varies from person to person.It can take months to years to apppear.50% of people infected with HIV will develop aids within next 10 years, but it is very variable these days once there is positive HIV test, there are suppressive antibiotics can be prescribed to prevent onset of full blown aids fda has just approved a drug(truvada) to prevent aids in sex partners of HIV patients. ...Read more

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How long can it possibly take, after you catch hiv/aids, until your body gets sick/you get symptoms? Can it take up to years? What's the maximum time?

How long can it possibly take, after you catch hiv/aids, until your body gets sick/you get symptoms? Can it take up to years? What's the maximum time?

HIV: The time from initiation of infection until deterioration of the immune system to the extent that you develop opportunistic infections can be quite variable, and depends upon many factors. There are some cohorts of patients who go 20+ years without illness and others as short as 5-6 years. If you may have been exposed the best thing is to be tested ASAP because early treatment=improved outcome. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the hiv/ aids virus live in the body once a person passes away?

Normally, how long would the hiv/ aids virus live in the body once a person passes away?

Less than a day?: I don't know of a study on this but in general most viruses don't survive long in dead tissue. Attempts to culture virus post-mortem are usually done as quicly as possible for that reason. I would suspect the success of such a culture more than 24 hours after death would be low. ...Read more

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If hiv/aids blood goes to another human body then how many days will it take to for symptoms to show?

Not for a while: There is a 3 months window before the body converts after exposure. And symptoms may not show for some time afterwards, sometimes years. ...Read more

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What is the best alternative therapy for hiv/aids to boost body immunity?

What is the best alternative therapy for hiv/aids to boost body immunity?

As an adjunct: I would not look to alternative medicine as a solo treatment for the treatment of hiv/aids. Western treatments are clearly superior. However, with that said, acupuncture can be used successfully to boost immunity and one's reserves (using major energy moving treatments). ...Read more

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Ok but this other doctor is telling me yes i can get hiv/aids if no semen came out or went in side a persons body by dry humping with no clothing on?

Ok but this other doctor is telling me yes i can get hiv/aids if no semen  came out or went in side a persons body by dry humping with no clothing on?

Wrong: You're not getting HIV that way any more than you are going to get pregnant off a bar of soap or getting in the pool after men's swim practice. Forget about 'theoretical risks'. It's not going to happen. ...Read more

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How does hiv aids spread?

How does hiv aids spread?

Fresh blood / semen: Sex, especially anal intercourse, and needle sharing for drug abuse. The blood supply for transfusion is basically safe. Dark talk about AIDS being transmitted in other ways is disinformation. ...Read more

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How does hiv/aids spread?

Body fluids: Mostly from sexual intercourse and from contact with infected blood products. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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


Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more