Hiv Latency Period

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...antibodies. Viruses such as cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex and varicella zoster may be activated after years of latency even in the presence of abundant antibodies. In animals, viral relatives of HIV with long and variable latency periods, such as visna virus in sheep, cause central nervous system damage even after the production of antibodies ( NIAID , 1995). Also, HIV is well recognized as being able to mutate to avoid the ongoing immune...
Ask the Experts

gaining weight...

Dear Doc,Let say a person had infected w/ HIV and then he experienced severe fever, oral thrush & etc. 1 week after the exposure; and then he serconverted 5 months after...(1) Is it 100 that HIV blood screening could detect HIV antibodies any time...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...The typical antibody screening tests for HIV would be 99+% sensitive at picking up HIV infection by 6 months after infection. Gaining weight does not suggest HIV infection. Read more »

Latency period for the detection of HBV and HCV antibodies

Dear Dr. Dietrich,in the case of HIV it is proposed to check for HIV antibodies 6 months after a possible exposure to be more than 99% sure.What about Hepatitis B and C?How long does it take until antibodies of that viruses can be detected?Does it...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Hepatitis B antibodies generally appear faster than hepatitis C antibodies usually in 6-8 weeks rather than 12-24 weeks. If you are in a hurry, it is easy to draw HCV RNA and HBV DNA by PCR, they will be positive in about 10 days after infection. DTD Read more »

Confused Part II

Doctor Young,Thank you for your response, however, you didn't really answer the question.The CDC estimates now for over 15 years that 1,000,000 people are infected with HIV. You also stated that approx. 500,000 are not taking any treatments or...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...reach this endpoint. Nevertheless, AIDS cases are increasing, while AIDS deaths are declining in the US.The death rate from HIV has declined from a zenith of about 50,000 in 1995 to 16,000 in 2000 (see the CDC's table:... Read more »

gaining weight..

Dear Doc,Let say a person had infected w/ hiv and then he experienced 10days severe primary infection (ars) 1 week after the infection. then serconverted (let say 5 months after).Do a person gains weight after his serconverted?? or during the...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...In general, people with acute HIV would not gain weight, although there may be exceptions. Read more »

HIV and Inflammation: A New Threat

...years. This seemed to be a respite from the harsh effects that HIV can have on the body. But according to recent studies, this "latency period" may not be what it was originally thought to be -- in fact, HIV may have a greater impact on the... Read more »
University Hospital Heidelberg

How HIV Cripples Immune Cells

...million persons worldwide are infected with HIV. Typically, after the initial infection accompanied by acute symptoms, there is a latency period of several years before the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) manifests. The human... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

HIV Pathogenesis Reports From the 10th Retrovirus Conference

...The 10th Annual Retrovirus Conference held recently in Boston featured several presentations on novel ways to look at HIV pathogenesis (how the virus causes disease) and how the virus might evade attacks by each of the three main immune defense... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...than womenstill have HIV in the US, women are catching up. In some countries, HIV+ womenoutnumber HIV+ men. The proportion of HIV/AIDS cases among women has more than tripled from 8percent in 1985 to an alarming 27 percent in 2008. That means... Read more »
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Opporuntistic Infections? HELP

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...year after infection? Could someone please exlain when opporutnistic infections begin and how long it takes after infection of hiv? please help Read more »

Are tests valid after another sexual contact?...

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...1. What about people who have another sexual contact or other sexual contacts during the window or latency period?... 2. Are test results valid once you've had another sexual contact since getting tested?... Read more »

recurrent colds

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Are recurrent colds (within the first 5 months of infection) a sign of HIV? I mean, my immune system is clearly weakened since I've been getting sick so often. I've had about 3 or 4 since having unprotected Read more »

Let's settle this once and for all!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...infected in the US, many said to be HIV+ witout knowing it 20% of population is actively seeking treatment using the cocktails Latency period said to be 10 years on average AIDS cases have been declining steadily every year since the early... Read more »
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