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Doctor insights on: Why Is A Retrovirus Harder To Treat Than Other Viruses

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Why is a retrovirus harder to treat than other viruses?

Why is a retrovirus harder to treat than other viruses?

They can hide in DNA: Retroviruses have the ability to insert themselves into the dna, effectively "hiding" themselves from the immune system. Also, they rapidly mutate which can prevent the immune system from attacking them. ...Read more

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A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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If low-risk HPV is so common & acts similar to flu or chickenpox; symptoms treatable, system weakens virus, why is it so stigmatized as threatening?

Because of sex: Two main reasons. First, HPV is sexually transmitted, and throughout history most societies have had negative views about sex and see STDs as embarrassing and frightening. Second, warts, the main problem from low risk HPV, have a "yuck" factor. Even common hand warts often are considered unclean (e.g folklore about catching them from toads), and many people consider genital warts especially gross. ...Read more

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How do retroviruses such as HIV differ from other types of viruses?

How do retroviruses such as HIV differ from other types of viruses?

Rev transcriptase: "retro-" means backwards and the virus carries RNA which is translated backwards to dna by their own reverse transcriptase; the dna is then integrated into the host's genome. The "endogenous retroviruses" can even be passed from generation by infection the sperms / eggs. ...Read more

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Why are retroviruses the only group of RNA viruses that can cause cancer?

Why are retroviruses the only group of RNA viruses that can cause cancer?

They don't penetrate: DNA viruses don't have the capability of entering the cell membrane. As such when one sees DaNA on tumor membrane it is from mutated mitochondrial DNA. The RNA viruses penetrate the cell and elaborate reverese transcriptase to allow transfection of the nuclear DNA. This enzyme only occurs with the retroviruses. ...Read more

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Why are human endogenous retroviruses (herv's) "activated" in some people, but not in others, when exposed to exogenous viruses? Genetic mutations?

Why are human endogenous retroviruses (herv's) "activated" in some people, but not in others, when exposed to exogenous viruses? Genetic mutations?

HERV's evolutionary: Endogenous retroviruses have made us evolve. They make up 8% of our dna genome. These aren't of the same class as HIV (lentivirus) or htlv (deltaretrovirus). Few are active & only w/growth & infection. Co-infection w/hiv can turn on herv replication wh/allows our immune system ability recognize & kill HIV viruses w/herv presenting-hiv infected cells leading to new therapies for HIV (vaccines!). ...Read more

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Is it true that olive leaf extract kill viruses and retroviruses like HIV and htlv?

Is it true that olive leaf extract kill viruses and retroviruses like HIV and htlv?

Doesn't matter: I don't know, but it really doesn't matter. There are lots of things that kill hiv, such as soap and water. Killing HIV isn't the answer. The answer is to stop HIV from replicating and to be able to eliminate latent infection, which olive leaf extract won't do. ...Read more

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H3n2 virus: how to treat it?

H3n2 virus: how to treat it?

Tamiflu or Relenza (zanamivir): Early in the course of influenza tamiflu or Relenza (zanamivir) treatment decreases the duration of illness and decreases the risk of complications. ...Read more

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Are the home remedies that can treat west nile virus?

Are the home remedies that can treat west nile virus?

West Nile Virus: Most people recover from west nile virus without treatment. Over the counter pain relievers can help ease mild headaches. There is no direct cure for encephalitis caused by the virus except supportive therapy in hospitals. Researchers are investigating interferon therapy for the treatment of encephalitis caused by west nile virus. ...Read more

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Caught my daughters virus and croup. Can I treat myself at home?

Caught my daughters virus and croup. Can I treat myself at home?

Very likely: Adults gets same virus infection affecting upper airway but do not develop croup as children do. Adults may experience croupy cough though. ...Read more

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Should I treat Lyme before I treat my viruses? What drug is the best for lyme?

Should I treat Lyme before I treat my viruses? What drug is the best for lyme?

See details: First of all, there is no treatment for most common viruses. The standard drug for lyme is doxycycline. ...Read more

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I get colds way too easy. What's the best way to prevent catching viruses when training hard?

I get colds way too easy. What's the best way to prevent catching viruses when training hard?

Train alone.: You don't catch colds from training; you catch colds from training with people, specifically people who are sick and coughing and spreading their viruses and germs throughout the gym. If you don't want to get sick when training, train alone. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the west nile virus? And if I get it and do get symptoms is their any way to treat it?

What are the symptoms of the west nile virus? And if I get it and do get symptoms is their any way to treat it?

Wide variety: Fever, chills, gastrointestinal signs and symptoms, muscle aches, stiffness, pain, severe headache, alterations in sensorium and mental status and other neurological sign and symptoms may all occur. There is no specific treatment except managing the symptoms. Fortunately very few people get central nervous system involvement and most recover entirely. ...Read more

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My son just got treated from HFMD; however, the virus was transferred to his cousin who is showing symptoms of HFMD already. Can my son re-contact it?

My son just got treated from HFMD; however, the virus was transferred to his cousin who is showing symptoms of HFMD already. Can my son re-contact it?

Not this strain: Once you have this strain of the virus you develop resistance to the germ. That is why the illness and spot formation stopped after it flared up. There is more than one strain that can produce HFMD so the kid could have a similar illness at some point, but thus germ does not go back and forth like strep throat might. ...Read more

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How treat rota virus infection?

How treat rota virus infection?

Symptomatic treatmen: Rotavirus causes watery diarrhea in toddlers, for which, vaccine is quite effective and should be used, For those who get the infection, symptomatic treatment with electrolyte solution and avoidance of foods which make diarrhea worse, such as dairy and sugary drinks. ...Read more

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Why are? Viruses so much harder to cure than other illnesses?

Why are? Viruses so much harder to cure than other illnesses?

Viruses can hide: It's a complex question because there are many different viral and bacterial diseases. In general, all you have to do is to kill bacteria, whicto an be easy to do with the right drugs. Viruses are simpler, but killing them isn't enough. As an example, the genetic material of viruses like hiv, herpes, varicella, and hepatitis b can live dormantly in your own cells, hiding from the effects of drugs. ...Read more

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How do you treat the coxsackie virus? How long does it take to clear up?

Coxsackie virus: You cannot treat infection with this enterovirus, and how long it takes to clear up depends upon the strain of virus, your immune status, the type of infection you experienced and other factors. You seem to not be communicating with the doctor who is evaluating you. Talk with them. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Why have so many people died from AIDS when we know how to treat viruses?

Why have so many people died from AIDS when we know how to treat viruses?

There are: Medications available. But people in many places in the world may not have access to them. These medications are expensive. Some people are not compliant with treatment & some do not come in for assessment until their condition is an advanced state. ...Read more

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Alouivcior is this medication only used to treat herpes virus's? (i may spelt it wrong)

Alouivcior is this medication only used to treat herpes virus's? (i may spelt it wrong)

There are other: Uses as well. For example Acyclovir is used to treat shingles, which is reactivation of varicella zoster (chicken pox). ...Read more

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I am curious if all viruses exposed to air die why is it so hard to beat HPV external warts?

Not external: The wart virus is within cells in the epidermis. It needs a host to survive and sometimes the wart virus remains present in the tissue in and not visible. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?

What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?

Rest, fluids, OTC: Rest and fluids and patience are the first line for a viral sore throat. If there is pain, over the counter Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can be taken. If severe and the swelling makes it difficult to swallow, see your doctor who can prescribe steroids for the swelling. ...Read more

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How can viruses be used to target and treat cancer if they only bind to very specific receptors in the body?

How can viruses be used to target and treat cancer if they only bind to very specific receptors in the body?

Not in use yet: You are correct in your understanding of the virus biology. If the receptors for a given virus can be induced, selectively in cancer cells, then virus may be used in treatment. However, we do not have the skills to do that, yet. ...Read more

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I had HPV virus like10 yrs ago I was treated and eliminated it. Could I get it again and should I get the shot for HPV?

I had HPV virus like10 yrs ago I was treated and eliminated it. Could I get it again and should I get the shot for HPV?

Hpv: Their are other strains of hpv you can contract. The vaccination is indicated for women of reproductively age, or with other risk factors for exposure to hpv. ...Read more

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I have HPV and I'm not sure what that means for me. I am 48 yrs old and have HPV virus. What does this mean for me? How do I treat it? What tests do I need?

I have HPV and I'm not sure what that means for me. I am 48 yrs old and have HPV virus. What does this mean for me? How do I treat it? What tests do I need?

Label confusion: HPV is a family of dozens of virus strains that includes the common skin wart. It also includes 9 strains that are known to cause genital infections, 2 wart strains and 7 associated with cervical cancer. Having HPV doesn't make you unique. Women have been getting pap smears for decades for early detection/treatment of the HPV associated cancer. It just may make you more likely to do your follow up ...Read more

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How to treat the coxsackie virus?

Tincture of time: There really is nothing to do except symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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How to treat stomach virus?

How to treat stomach virus?

Gastroenteritis.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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How can a person treat parainfluenza virus?

How can a person treat parainfluenza virus?

Supportive: No real treatment! Experimental in transplant patients using IV / nebulized RIBAVIRIN WITH IV GAMMAGLOBULIN, EXPERIMENTAL AGENT DAS181 (SIALIDASE).in HSCT. ...Read more

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How does somebody get treated for epstein barr virus?

How does somebody get treated for epstein barr virus?

TREATMENT OR EB VIRU: The disease is self limiting and notreatment is neccesary, except bed rest in acute infections and oral fluids.
If there is a co existing infection than treat with appropriate antibiotics. In severe cases some times we use oral corticosteroids, which reduce some symptoms and swelling
precutions for few months to avoid contact sport and activities to prevent rupture of spleen. ...Read more

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Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) be prescribed to treat any other virus besides herpes?

Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) be prescribed to treat any other virus besides herpes?

Inappropriate: You could prescribe it for many things, but the only agent against which it is likely to be effective is herpes simplex. ...Read more