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Worried about actual HIV status even after negative results?

Worried about actual HIV status even after negative results?

Well, was the HIV: Testing done after the window when you could have the disease but still test as negative? Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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 difficult is it to get on SSI living with HIV -1?

Nearly impossible: Nowadays 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

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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

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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

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Why does unexplained weight loss occur in people living with HIV?

Why does unexplained weight loss occur 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 caused by release of cytokines by inflammatory cells. ...Read more

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How is it that people living with hiv/aids should tell their employers about their infection?

Depends on situation: In my opinion, the decision to disclose HIV status to an employer is up to the patient. However, I think this is a case by case basis. If an HIV positive individual is working in the food industry, then it may be prudent to disclose HIV in the event of a cut when preparing food to others. But if just working a desk job, it may not be necessary to disclose as chances are less likely to get hiv. ...Read more

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Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?

Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at
an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?

Immunocompromised: HIV patients have diminished immune responses, so are succeptible to unusual infections such as HPV. If infected with HPV, this raises the chances of having cervical cancer ...Read more

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In california government-funded anti-viral treatment plan, how many combinations of drug can be selected by the people living with hiv/aids?

HIV treatment norms: I am not sure what you are really asking. But, all combinations of HIV medications should be available to prescribe based upon the genetics of the virus one has in their body. I do not know of any limitations in any HIV program. ...Read more

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Hi doctors. I have black/purple marks on my legs that are itchy at times and very painful sometimes. I've been living with HIV since 2009 and that is?

Hi doctors. I have black/purple marks on my legs that are itchy at times and very painful sometimes. I've been living with HIV since 2009 and that is?

You don't tell us: Whether you are being treated for HIV infection, but I presume you are. The most worrisome thing, though it is associated with AIDS, not just HIV infection, would be Kaposi sarcoma, a serious skin cancer. More likely this is purpura which results when small blood vessels burst and blood pools under the skin. Clotting disorders, including low platelets, need to be excluded. Discuss with HIV Doc. ...Read more

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Can you have normal CBC wit diff and chem 14 and bun if you is living with HIV for 10 years untreated will your blood work be normal and x rays normal?

Can you have normal CBC wit diff and chem 14 and bun if you is living with HIV for 10 years untreated will your blood work be normal and x rays normal?

Perhaps.: Some people have HIV infection without producing aids. After ten years, their numbers can still be normal. Most, unfortunately, after 10 years will have had evidence on the cbc. The only way to know is to get tested. It is easily controllable with well tolerated meds now. ...Read more

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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

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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

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

Is it possible for living with an 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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 a hiv+ mother or sexually abused a newborn baby is unlikely to acquire HIV from casual contact with a hiv+ person. This is not a disease which is easy to get. It requires some form of intimate contact. ...Read more

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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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Tried a self test for HIV (living in france).it's a lateral flow test. I dropped it in my water glass by error.does the strip contain hazardous genes?

Tried a self test for HIV (living in france).it's a lateral flow test. I dropped it in my water glass by error.does the strip contain hazardous genes?

No: The strip does not contain hazardous genes. It you are concerned about HIV, you would be better off getting a blood test for HIV nucleic acid.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Had aids test. That blood was dropped off down on the basement floor in laboratory. So how long can HIV alive?

Had aids test. That blood was dropped off down on the basement floor in laboratory. So how long can HIV alive?

A while: Hiv can survive in cells within blood unless the blood has dried or been treated with a substance that will kill the virus. If you were exposed by hiv+ blood coming in contact with an area of damaged skin, or into your eyes, then there is a risk, although small, that you could get this. Most labs have protocols for prophylactic anti-retroviral therapy for personnel who have been exposed. ...Read more

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Questions about hiv.... If you have popped burn blister or first layer of skin peeled is that an entry? How long is HIV alive for in air

Questions about hiv.... If you have popped burn blister or first layer of skin peeled is that an entry?  How long is HIV alive for in air

HIV is Hard to Get: You are 22 years old. Hiv is not 'alive in the air'. The way HIV is contracted is well-known and has not changed once in the thirty years of the epidemic. You have to be exposed during a real time sexual encounter or from direct live blood to blood. Alive in the 'air' is a new one.... ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
1,489 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