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Hiv Infection

Infection caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is called the HIV infection. HIV damages the body's immune system, so the body is not able to fight off infections. HIV can get transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk.

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Is the window period for HIV more extended when the symptoms of acute infection take a long time to show?

Query: Hello doctor, Is the window period for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)more extended when the symptoms of acute infection take a long time to show? I was tested for HIV by rapid test at 10 and 15 weeks after exposure (both negative), but have symptoms by week 9, and worse symptoms by the 13th week...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms of acute HIV infection appear relatively for a short duration and resolve within a few days. These can appear anywhere around two to six weeks. Your signs at nine weeks could be a coincidental finding, and there could be numerous causes for the symptoms. T...  Read Full »

Why is there burning sensation in the tongue of a HIV patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know what happens biologically in the body, causing a burning sensation in the tongue when a person has HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus).  Read Full »

Dr. Nanda Vivek Hasmukhbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you very well knew, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) virus lives in a body for a very long time. It causes significant damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems. The virus affects our nervous system and causes dysfunction of nerves and muscle cells. The...  Read Full »

Please explain how long HIV antibodies remain in the body post exposure.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a general query. I would like to know say a person has HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and if he does not know about it. He then acquires AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). So, even after having AIDS, will there be HIV antibodies in his blood? If he goes for an HIV an...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Antibodies against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) once formed, stay forever. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is an advanced stage of HIV infection when the patient shows signs of immunodeficiency like opportunistic infections, malignancies, etc. Antibodi...  Read Full »

I suffer from OCD and fear of HIV infection. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from OCD. My fear and my thoughts now are about HIV inflection. I know everything about HIV. I have done many tests to clear my fear and come back negative from my last exposure which was about four months ago. The problem is about my latest test. It was a home test kit. It wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Obinna Ugwuoke

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The recombinant antigens are not contagious. They are not the real HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Also, if it was HIV, it does not survive outside a host for long to be transmitted from surface or towel to an individual. So, neither you ...  Read Full »

Are stomach cramps and diarrhea after unprotcted sex symptoms of HIV infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected intercourse three times with an unknown woman. After 20 days, my symptoms started with stomach cramps and diarrhea. My endoscopy report shows acute superficial gastritis. But my CBC test was fine. Doctor prescribed medicine, but it did not help. Day by day, I became ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I feel there is neither HIV nor any sexually transmitted infections. This is because repeated tests without any evidence of infection are enough to tell that there is nothing concrete in this regard. Now...  Read Full »

What happens if sweat or water drops into the blood used for HIV testing?

Query: Hi doctor, I took OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 1/2 antibody test today at a nearby clinic after waiting the window period for exposure of more than 90 days. I was told that the result was negative. My concern may be very paranoid and unnecessary; however, I am more curio...  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are not paranoid, but genius. Yes, anything in the blood may change the results, and that is why we advise sterile things. But, test results if positive never shows negative. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) virus persists till it is in any wet medium. If blood drie...  Read Full »

The girl used her saliva for lubrication. Can I be HIV positive?

Query: Hello doctor,My question is regarding possible HIV exposure six weeks ago. The condom protected vaginal and oral although she did masturbate me without a condom and used spit for lubrication. I took the fourth generation ELISA at four weeks and five weeks and both were negative. I was on a testoster...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am pleased to help you with your concern. The risk of transmission of the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) in the scenario you have described is extremely low, even if your sexual partner was an infected carrier. There is very little evidence to support a high t...  Read Full »

How to deal with the side effects of Atroiza?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an asymptomatic HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) positive male with a CD4 count of 320. I started on Atroiza and Cotrimoxazole two days back. But yesterday I drunk and could not sleep and sat outside at night because I could not breathe properly. My problem is, I am in holiday n...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, welcome to Atroiza is a combination of three drugs (Efavirenz, Tenofovir DF, Emtricitabine) for the treatment of HIV. Among which, Efavirenz is the drug known to cause such side effects. These side effects of insomnia, vivid thinking, night time issues are temporary and would las...  Read Full »

I am worried about HIV risk. Please help.

Query: Myself a 29 year odl woman, I'm feeling incredibly anxious and desperate, and I need your help. I have had multiple unprotected intercourse with my boyfriend and I'm really concerned about the risk of HIV, and I want to explore all possible preventive measures. Can you please tell me more about the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: I understand that your concerns about HIV prevention are causing anxiety, and it's important to prioritize your health. Talk to your partner about this and make sure that he's free from any infection. Talking about vaginal rings, Yes. There is the availability of contraceptive rings. but very les...  Read Full »

I have had body contact, but no penetration. Am I at risk for HIV or hepatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I went for a massage recently, and there was some sexual contact, but there was no penetration. It was just body touching, and my penis rubbed against her breasts, but there was no insertion. After that, I got tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C at 30, 60, 90, and 150 days aft...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and the reports attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can totally understand your anxiety. After such risky exposures, most patients have continuous doubts about HIV and often end up extensively searching on Googl...  Read Full »

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