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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

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Could you give you HIV if you don't have it?

Could you give you HIV if you don't have it?

No: You can't infect your self or other's with HIV if you don't have it. ...Read more

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I can't understand my HIV results, what should I do?

I can't understand my HIV results, what should I do?

HIV testing: You should discuss your HIV test results with your doctor and if you doctor is unsure of the results, you should be seen by an HIV specialist. (most commonly an infectious diseases doctor or someone experienced in caring for individuals with hiv). ...Read more

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What happens to the couples where one has HIV and the other doesn't?

What happens to the couples where one has HIV and the other doesn't?

May/Not transfer: In couples where one caries the DX of HIV it is important to learn as much about your own situation as possible. With proper surveyalnce and treatment the affected partner can decrease the activity/viral load of the disease and live a productive life. Within that live is the possibility of intamacy as long as you follow the guidelines of your drs.Transmission is possible but risk can be reduced. ...Read more

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How is it that immunity suppression isn't considered for treating hiv?

Counterproductive: Hiv causes immune suppression: aids stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The main dangers of aids are infections, because the immune system can't fight them off, and certain tumors caused by viruses not contained by the damaged immune system. Treating with immunosuppression would just make this worse. ...Read more

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Once you have hiv, is it possible to get it treated so you wouldn't die?

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Yes: Hiv treatment has become far easier and more tolerable to take. If takes care of their health, starts HIV medicines when recommended, and continues to take them regularly, a number of studies show that the life expectancy of a newly infected person is close to that of anyone else. Furthermore, the risk of transmitting HIV to others significantly declines once one's HIV is treated. ...Read more

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What to do if i don't know if I have HIV or something else. Please help?

Get tested.: If you are concerned that you may have hiv, the way to confirm your concerns or prove them untrue is to get tested for the virus. If you do not have access to a primary care physician or do not have insurance, there are subsidized / free clinics in nearly all cities that perform HIV testing and counseling. Finding an answer will empower you and give you knowledge to make decisions. ...Read more

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What are chances I can find out how I got HIV if I haven't been tested in over 10 years?

What are chances I can find out how I got HIV if I haven't been tested in over 10 years?

Not good: You can look back and examine who your sexual partners were, whether you were using drugs at that time, whether you had a blood transfusion or transfer of other bodily fluids in an intimate manner, but confirming that this was the source will be nearly impossible. And, beyond that, what matters most is that you have recognized it and are going to be treated. Wish you well. ...Read more

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Could I have HIV and HIV symptoms and still test negative because it hasn't been 3 months?

Yes: It is still possible. Would see an infectious disease doctor who might order some other tests at this point that might clarify the situation. ...Read more

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Is it likely for someone who isn't on medication to test negative for HIV at 7 weeks and positive at 12?

Yes: A person may not make antibodies to HIV, despite being infected for a few weeks to months, so called window period and later have a positive test when the person makes antibodies. ...Read more

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What would you as an aesthetics pro do to make sure the client doesn't get exposed to HIV & other diseases?

Universal Precautiio: Practicing universal precautions and good sterile hygienic technique and taught in accredited professional trade schools will generally lessen this risk. ...Read more

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How to know if you've contracted HIV, didn't use protection and unsure how high the chances are? Was with another male

Get tested: The only way to know whether or not someone is infected with HIV is to be tested for it. Exposure history or symptoms can give clues, but most infections occur without symptoms. The best test(s) and timing depend on level of risk and other factors. Best to contact an expert, such as your nearest government-suppored sexual health centre. (Australia's SHCs are among world's best STD/HIV clinics.) ...Read more

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Why isn't there an average time on how long HIV survives outside the body? Is it preference, or is there a chance it can be caught environmentally.

Why isn't there an average time on how long HIV survives outside the body? Is it preference, or is there a chance it can be caught environmentally.

Reality: Let's think. Who's going to do a worthless study like this? We know people aren't getting HIV from fomites. Studies of families with hiv-positive leukemic kids showed it was never transmitted despite family members actually contacting blood. To test infectiousness, you're going to have to inoculate animals with shed blood -- and what's the purpose? All we know is that the bugs die very fast. ...Read more

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After being diagnosed with HIV March 10 2008 and being on meds and healthy and undetectable is it common for me to not enjoy sex and even most possible that I don't get hard much .. ?

 After being diagnosed with HIV March 10 2008 and being on meds and healthy and undetectable is it common for me to not enjoy sex and even most possible that I don't get  hard much .. ?

Your mind needs help: Having HIV-1 should have 'no effect' on the enjoyment of sex or the actual physiology of having an erection. What this means, is that you need help with your 'mind'. I suggest you see a psychologist who can help you work through some of your issues. You should be having a full and normal life at this stage- you need to get 'plugged in' to overcome these issues and enjoy life as it was meant to be. ...Read more

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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