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Hiv Symtoms May Be Hidden

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Using Respondent-Driven Sampling in a Hidden Population at Risk of HIV Infection: Who Do HIV-Positive Recruiters Recruit?

Respondent-driven sampling (RDS), a network-based method used to recruit hidden populations, is prone to bias. "However, these biases could facilitate recruitment of high-risk networks," according to the authors, who examined recruitment patterns of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: First Nations Women's Conference Reveals "Hidden Epidemic" of HIV

Aboriginal women of Canada are recognizing the "hidden epidemic" of HIV and AIDS in their midst. "I'm seeing women who are leaders in our community, women who are living with this virus step up and say, 'That's enough now. We have a voice, and our... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: HIV's Hidden Victims -- More Latina Immigrants Are Being Infected, Often by Husbands or Boyfriends

Latinas are increasingly at risk of HIV infection, often by husbands or boyfriends who secretly inject drugs or have sex with men, studies find. At the end of June last year, 30 percent of all California women with HIV were Latina, resulting in an... Read more »
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Can antibody tests detect HIV hidden in white blood cells?

I read an article in the paper the other day that said that it's been found that HIV hides in inactive white blood cells, but doesn't show up in viral load tests. Does this hidden HIV have any implications for antibody testing? In other...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. It has been determined that HIV can "hide" in inactive white blood cells. But happily, this does not affect HIV antibody tests. HIV antibody tests will still show positive in persons with HIV, even when HIV... Read more »


I have tested negative and my wife has tested positive. Our councillor said it could be that I am HIV/AIDS carrier and it cannot be seen on me. How possible is that? and what can be happening?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Either you didn't understand what your counselor actually said or he's woefully misinformed! There is no such thing as an HIV carrier. There are only three possibilities for the recent test results:1.Your wife may have a "false... Read more »

question about hidden HIV

Dear Dr. Daar,I wonder if you can clarify this for me. Where exactly does the HIV hide? if I can bring my VL to undetectable, then if they draw some blood to do a Western Blot it will still be Positive? Do the cells infected with HIV become...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Let me clarify a few things and then try to directly answer your question. First of all, when we say someone is HIV-positive we are generally referring to the fact that their standard test for HIV, the ELISA and Western blot is positive. These... Read more »

question about hidden HIV follow up

Hi Doc,So then in the case of people that has undetectable Viral Load without any kind of medication, what test will tell them if the are finally virus free? (besides VL test)May 3, 2006 Dear Dr. Daar, I wonder if you can clarify this for me. Where...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
I am assuming that the hypothetical person you refer to is HIV antibody positive by the ELISA and Western blot. If so, it is generally assumed that they are HIV-infected. There are some people who are infected who do maintain viral loads below the... Read more »
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Holodniy on "hidden" HIV

Posted by Anonymous

I thought people might be interested in this response since "hidden" HIV often becomes a worry after we test negative:

Can it hide?

Hello Doctor, Can the HIV infection hide in the Lymphnodes and just not show up on the HIV Antibody, PCR DNA... Read more »

Study Flushes Out Hidden Virus, Pointing to cure

Posted by optimistic2009, 2 Replies
"Professor Robert Siciliano: Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute say they have developed a way to lure out these latent reservoirs in laboratory experiments, possibly paving the way to a cure if repeated in... Read more »

Full Symtoms List for those STRESSED about HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies


Racing HeartPerspiration/sweaty hands
Butterflies in StomachHeadaches
Tiring EasilyNervous Ticks
Urinating FrequentlyDifficulty Sleeping
Difficulty BreathingDizziness
RestlessnessSusceptibility to... Read more »

Nuerological symtoms

Posted by Anonymous
Is it at all possible to have nuerolgical symtoms with early HIV infection? Things like shaky hands depresion imbalanced walking. Please help if you can

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