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Tisha Campbell Living With Hiv
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
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
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
Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at
an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?
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
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?
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
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
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
Could HIV live on cardboard, leather, or other products that come from living things (like animals and trees)?
Can you tell me when we live with a person who has hiv, can we get infected through just living in proximity?
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
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 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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Am I able to use HealthTap for my primary physician? My doctor left her practice and I'm looking for a new doctor. I am HIV+ and living with Bipolar D
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