Patient discussion about HIV

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Q. HIV - does it infect specific Blood Types?

A friend of mine joined the army and they took him to an experiment and infected him with HIV. But he was not infected- he said because he has a certain blood type. Is this true?
A1HIV, as all other viruses need specific cells,s surface proteins which called receptors,in case of HIV these receptors are found in certain WBCs that known as T-helper cells which named as T4 cells. All humans have these T4 cells but some people lack the receptor that necessary for virus attachment and pentration of the cell which leeds to the inablity of the virus to cause infection and become a target for the immune system. But they c can infect other suseptable people.
A2There are actually a certain people that are immune to HIV. And that all depends not on blood cell types. but the lacking of a certain protein on white blood cells. That is the protein that HIV virus catches for entering the white blood cell. but it's rare and i wouldn't take that as a rule and continue having sexual intercourse without protection.
A3I find it hard to believe the army infected any one with HIV. But that's a different story. Blood types differ from one another by their red blood cells proteins. HIV infects white blood cells .there is no connection between blood type and a cure for HIV. If there was- you’ve heard about it by now…

Q. what is HIV? how do i stay a way of it? is there a cure for it?

AHIV is a virus that enters a group of specific immune system's cells and kills them. it takes it a while but it does it eventually without the body able to defend itself. i mean it does defend itself but not so efficient. so after something like 5 years your body who's been manufacturing white blood cells to fight infections just can't handle it any more. and then you have a low white blood cells count and opportunist infections can infect without your immune system stopping them. Tubercolosis, varicella Zuster, funguses...and then one of them kills you. there is no cure. there are medicines that can stop it from getting worse and you can live much much longer but you rather avoid that and just use a condom.

Q. What are the early symptoms of an HIV infection? Can I define it from other diseases?

I heard that there is a sore throat and fever- but that can be anything…anything special?
A1HIV virus infects the cells that responsible for the immune system causing AIDS sometimes after a long incubation period that extends to almost ten years. AIDS it self has no determined clinical signs because the infection destroy the defense system in the body which expose it to infection with other diseases causative agents. So the clinical manifestations which appear during HIV infection are a collection of parasitic diseases including those with lower digree of harm.
A2There are symptoms that can occur 2-4 weeks after the infection. Sore throat is one of them, fever, swollen lymph nodes.
But having HIV is not something that you want to sit around and guess about. Go to your doctor or the closest clinic and get tested so that in the case that you have contracted it you don't pass it to someone else. And any way those symptoms can be because of thousands of other infections.
A3Answering honestly and openly as a person that has been HIV+ for 12 years, there are no set of symptoms that should be followed as signs of seroceonversion. If there is a risk of the virus being transferred to you (if you had unprotected vaginal or anal sex with an infected person). You should get yourself checked and not depend on any symptoms.

Q. Does Viagra increase the chance of getting HIV?

I heard that taking Viagra can increase the chances of getting HIV when having sexual contact. Is this true?
A1There is no proof that Viagra increases the risk to catch HIV. However there have been studies made, which show that men who use Viagra behave differently by having multiple sexual partners and/ or having unprotected sex, which both increase the chances of getting infected with HIV.
A2Viagra does not increase the chances of getting HIV. However it is not a substitute for condoms and other STD (sexually transmitted disease) prevention methods.

Q. what are the common ways to get HIV? is there a medicine for it?

A1Here is a good site...it gives you all the basics: http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/hiv?page=basics-00-00 Hope this helps.
A2the common ways- unprotected sex and blood contact. there are medication for it but it won't cure you- just keep you alive. but they cost alot and have side effects that are VERY unpleasant. so i might consider using a condom. if you afraid that you might got infected- you should go be tested.
here's all the info you need:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/aids.html

Q. can an HIV virus last when it comes in contact with air and out of the body? in what ways can i get HIV?

and what are the treatment options ? is it treatable ? and what are the side effects for this kind of treatment ?
A1This virus may be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in contact with an uninfected person’s broken skin or mucous membranes*. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/qa/qa1.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV Hope this helps.

A2HIV cannot survive air exposure. but it can live in blood samples (not dry ones). it is no longer a terminal illness but a chronic one because there are medication that can you take that stop it from deteriorating. but the side effects are severe. for more information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV

Q. HIV in food at restaurants and fast foods?

Let’s say an infected cook cut’s him self and a drop of blood fall’s on my hamburger. Can it infect me? Let’s say after it was cooked, just before serving.
A1i don't think so. HIV can't stay longer in open air, and that isn't transferred via food.
A2no,The human digestive system is an extremely hostile environment for just about anything. including a lot of things far more resilient than HIV. It is pretty much designed to extract nutrients into the blood without allowing other life forms to enter. otherwise we would be bombarded with food-borne infections every day.
A3No. The chances are negligibly small ... even in the scenario you are talking about.

It's not just a matter of how long the virus survives outside the body, but the virus actually has to come in contact with the blood system ... which is almost impossible in the digestive system (unless you are bleeding in your mouth somehow ... and even then the contact would have to be prolonged, not just food brushing past it ... for the virus to infect blood cells at the surface and find an entryway *into* the new blood system).
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