How Long Can Hiv Stay In A Drop Of Blood

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AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...controlling the virus. Current guidelines (see Fact Sheet 404 ) suggest measuring baseline (pre-treatment) viral load. A drug is "working" if it lowers viral load by at least 90% within 8 weeks. The viral load should continue to drop to less than 50 copies within 6 months. The viral load should be measured within 2 to 8 weeks after treatment is started or changed, and every 3 to 4 months after that. How Are Changes in Viral Load...
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hiv through clothes

hey doc, its the lousy ambulance worker again, umm, doc would hiv transmitt if a couple blood drops fell onto my leather boot while helping a guy from a car crash? i didnt recognize it but when i got home i noticed. i think the chances are remote ,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi Ambulance Guy,No, the chances of contracting HIV from getting a couple of drops of blood on your leather boot are not "remote"! Rather they are completely nonexistent! If HIV were that easily transmitted, it would Read more »

HIV timetable

I didn't know how to phrase my question, but I hope one of your dr's can give me a simple answer. My husband is 55 and has just tested positive for HIV. He works for the Railroad and so he is on the road and has to stay in motels several nights a...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...with HIV. Call me a cynic.Make believe there was a syringe. For HIV to be transmitted, that syringe would need to contain blood from an HIV+ person. Additionally, to infect someone else there would need to be some wet blood still in the... Read more »


Doctor,This is a rather unusual question. I was on my period a week ago and used the restrooms at work. When I flushed the toilet, there was a noticeable amount of blood on the ground. I tossed some toilet tissue onto the blood and used my shoe to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...where those fears actually come from. Did someone actually tell you that if you touched toilet tissue that might have touched blood that might have been HIV tainted that you might get infected? So even though you are "pretty sure (you) had no... Read more »

RE:Lenght of HIV infection

To update:The CD4 % is 22. I had an HIV test March 2005 & 2006 both negative. HIV test 10/18/2007 results positive. The viral load was 61,091 & CD4 313. The expanded blood test came back today with viral load of 1,921 and a cd4 of 336. I am not on...
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
That CD4 percent equates roughly to a CD4 count of 300-350. So it is likely where your CD4 count will stay for awhile. Read more »
The Well Project

Drug Interactions and HIV/AIDS

...Introduction In order for a drug to work properly, you must take the correct dose so thatyou have the right amount of the drug in your bloodstream. Before an HIV drugis approved, researchers study different doses to choose the one that is... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...number of cells in a cubic millimeter of blood, or mm 3 . Normal counts are usually between 500 and 1600. CD4 counts usually drop gradually in people with HIV. However, in some cases they can drop quickly. Because the CD4 cell counts are so... Read more »
The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...of Yourself What Is Anemia? Anemia is a medical problem that happens when you have a lower than normal amount of red blood cells (RBCs) in your body. It can also happen if your hemoglobin (HGB) level is below normal. HGB is a protein that... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About Crystal Methamphetamine

...however, is essential to maintaining the immune system. Lack of sleep and poor nutrient intake aside, crystal use itself causes a drop in CD4 cells and NK cells, and recent research suggests that crystal takes a major toll on people who are... Read more »
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from 237 to 277 is this good?

Posted by gqman119, 2 Replies viral count was about 30000 and my cd4 count was 237. I have started Atripla and have seen improvements over all. I got my blood checked after a month and my viral count went from 30000 to 492. and my CD4 count went up from 237 to 277. I was... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Hi. Just a question about blood on environmental surfaces. Suppose someone were to have a bleeding wound and get a small drop of blood on a surface (assuming the person was hiv+) and then maybe 30 seconds or a minute were to pass and someone else... Read more »

how long to live?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...hi. I'm wonderin what the average life expectancy is for someone in the US living with HIV. I know it differs greatly from body to body but any general ideas? Read more »

15 years HIV+

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...I'm on my 16th year of being HIV+! Relatives and friends alike have seem to fade away waiting for me to die. Is there anyone else out there in the same boat? Read more »
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