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Hiv Germs On Surfaces

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...the intestines, lungs, liver, and brain. These two types of white blood cells are known as scavengers. They engulf (eat) foreign invaders, break them apart, and display pieces of the intruders -- known as antigens -- on their surfaces. They also produce chemical messengers (known as cytokines) that instruct other immune cells to go into action. T Cells Once antigens are processed and displayed on the surface of macrophages, they can be...
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HBV SurfaceAg and vaccine

Hi Barbara!Brief question; i'm missing the third dose of the hep B vaccine and I just found out the girl i was dating is an escort and some friends told me she does drugs...Either way we never had unprotected sex, but there was some foreplay and...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...agree that two doses of the vaccine are pretty darn good. All you have to do is to check your HBsAg, your core antibody and your surface antibody. I doubt you will have evidence of HBV infection. If your surface antibody is nonreactive, I would... Read more »

hep B surface antibody negative

I completed the 3 shots of hep B vaccination about 6 years ago. I didn't check if the vaccine was working after the third shot at that time. Recently, I have done a hep B antigen and surface antibody test. I found that the hep B surface antibody...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...minority of people, they may not show evidence of surface antibody, even after the three injections. This could be related to HIV status and the degree of immune suppression (how low the CD4 count is). Some times a booster shot (or giving it... Read more »

hep b for hiv+

what are the panel of tests for a hep & hiv coinfection patient?how shall i tell my doctor regarding those tests?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...If you have HIV, you should have testing for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), Hepatitis B core (anti-HBcore) and/or Hepatitis B surface antibody Read more »

HIV/AIDS Co-ordinator

HIV does not live long outside of the body. Can you please advise me how long?
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...HIV does poorly in dry enviornments. So if a drop of blood containing HIV is left out on a surface, the HIV concentration drops Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Florida: "Reaching the Surface" Raises HIV/AIDS Awareness With Music, Dance

...HIV prevention at upcoming performances in Miami. "Reaching the Surface" is targeted toward minorities and youth at risk for HIV/AIDS. Ronderrick Mitchell, a New World School of the Arts dance major, is both a performer in the program and a... Read more »
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Florida: AIDS Era Surfaced Early in South Florida

... Twenty-five years ago, CDC's initial report on HIV/AIDS described cases in five gay men in Los Angeles. Subsequently, more reports of cases among gay men emerged mostly in New Read more »
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CD4 Cell Tests

... What Are CD4 Cells? Why Are CD4 Cells Important in HIV? What Is a CD4 Test? What Factors Influence a CD4 Cell Count? How Are the Test Results Reported? What Do the Numbers Read more »
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What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

... When it comes to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, there are three major points to keep in mind: There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of Read more »
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Hiv survival on organic surfaces (e.g. skin, hair)

Posted by Antre, 2 Replies
...asking this question but I still have a question (maybe due to the fact that I do not have medical knowledge). We know that HIV does not survive for very long outside the body. Actually as soon as the body fluids that contains are dried then... Read more »

hiv exposer from a eviromental surface.

Posted by shayshay, 2 Replies
...Hi, can a person get hiv if a drop of blood get on their virgan from a tiolet seat. I had a Naat test after 3-weeks neg and a 9-week Orasure Advaned neg Read more »

Just a personal thought

Posted by Anonymous
...bugs me are the germs/bacteria that resides on environmental surfaces e.g. toilet sinks, taps, doorknobs etc. I know that the HIV virus does not live well on such surfaces and there has never been a documented case of any person who's gotten HIV... Read more »

How long before symptoms surface??

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...For those who are infected with HIV, How long was it after exposure before the symptoms surfaced? Weeks? Months?? Years even?? Second question, What are the most Read more »