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Ways To Tell How Long A Person Has Had Hiv

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What Is HIV?

...when HIV disease becomes advanced -- wasn't coined until 1982, and the virus now known as HIV wasn't identified as the cause of AIDS until 1984. Related Links Overviews Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS What Is AIDS? What's the Difference Between HIV and AIDS? The Stages of HIV Disease The HIV Life Cycle (Illustration and Explanations) How HIV Damages the Immune System The Global HIV/AIDS...
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How long positive

Is there a posible way one can find out how long a person is HIV pos. I have a family of 6, my one twin daughter of 8 years old, is pos.
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...no. Unless there is a past negative test or stored blood available for testing.CD4 etc does not tell how long someone has had HIV. Best WishesDr Moyle Read more »

CD4

Hi, I would like to know how can you determine how long ago approximately you had the virus when you were diagnosed with a CD4 count of 227
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...Thanks for your question.There is no firm way of knowing exactly how long a person may have been infected with HIV, unless you have a negative test at some point and then a later one that is positive.However, we can get some idea based on the Read more »

hiv/aids

what is the life expectancy of people with hiv/aids?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...There is no way to predict the life expectancy of someone only on the basis of having HIV. For an individual person, we are not able to predict with any certainty how long they will live.What we do know is that the Read more »

how long?

if someone has hiv... but not tested, meaning that person is not on any kind of treatment because he/she doesnt know that he/she is infected. how long does a person live with the virus before they develop aids?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...actually have few symptoms (or at least until a serious, or life-threatening illness occurs). We generally recommend that all HIV+ individuals get laboratory monitoring every 3-6 months.Hope this helps,BY Read more »
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I met an HIV Positive person for the first time

Posted by Barbdoll, 1 Reply
...Hello again, On Saturday I travelled to meet an HIV Positive friend. It was my first time. At first i was nervous didn't know what to expect. I really didn't want to go there to Read more »

How long after "symptoms" would you test positive?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...How long after "symptoms" would you test positive regardless if you have ARS or not..... Read more »

How long after seroconversion do you test pos.??

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...Say at 2-3 weeks, you have ARS symptoms.....the person is basicly seroconverting. How long after that would they test pos. on a rapid test??? Read more »

The way we address HIV is cause for concern

Posted by bradford
...system. Therefore, some individuals are in constant need of new drugs when their drugs fail and resistance develops. The more HIV/AIDS drugs that an individual takes, the greater the risk of drug resistance occurring. Another thing which ensures... Read more »