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Is HIV curable? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Oct-2013
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User:hello doctor
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:what is H1
Doctor:H1 as in H1N1?
User:is there any sucessful treatment on HIV
Doctor:h stands for Heamagglutinin 1
Doctor:and N stands for Neuraminidase !
Doctor:And the answer to your second question is, right now. NO
Doctor:Maybe in the short future there will be
User:what is the time frame
Doctor:as many doctors are working to find out a complete cure for HIV
Doctor:I can't say that
Doctor:But very recently they have started the phase 1 clinical trials on HIV vaccine, and it does look promising
User:anibody means
Doctor:If that vaccine works then we will have a breakthrough
Doctor:You mean antibody?
Doctor:Antibodies are complex protein molecules
User:he had only 7 then
Doctor:that are produced by many types of white blood cells
Doctor:Can you come again? and if you don't mind please elaborate on that
User:the count of antibodies is 5
Doctor:I am sorry, you need to be more elaborate than that..
User:is there any chance that me and my sister affeted with that
Doctor:who are you referring to?
User:my father had affeted with the H1
Doctor:What antibody did you get tested?
User:he is 55 years old
User:whr we can get this vaccine
Doctor:And his report said he had antibodies of 5,
Doctor:can you please mention the units and the reference ranges that were mentioned along side the report?
User:i think its around 27-50
User:there are 2 type first one is positive and other one is negative
User:means wat?
Doctor:There is H1 and N1
Doctor:you mean H1 is positive?
Doctor:Generally when we test the antibody levels we measure the quanitity
Doctor:and this quantity is mentioned as Units/Liter or IU/ML
Doctor:so I just want to know what unit is mentioned next to the number 7
User:i dont have the report with me
User:let me know is it curable
Doctor:Yes, H1N1 influenza is curable with the antiviral medicines
User:All observed values are positive except HIV-II
User:Biological references are nagative
Doctor:What about HIV-I?
User:its menttioning that HIV I positive
User:I dont know it is mentioned on reports
Doctor:Then you need to get him started on anti HIV medicines as soon as possible after confirming that HIV is truly positive
User:it is curable
Doctor:Please check the reports again
User:what i have report with me now
Doctor:HIV right now is not curable, but can be controlled with the available medicines
Doctor:You have the report with you now?
User:can u suggest doctor from navi mumbai
Doctor:can you type the exact report?
Doctor:Or if possible you can mail the reports to my e-mail id YYYY@YYYY
User:i sent u
User:any doctors from navi mubai
User:good doctor
Doctor:If anyone has HIV, they should go to the government VCTC center for counselling and proper reporting of the disease
Doctor:And there you will be explained everything about the disease and what you should do and what you should not do
Doctor:Please visit your nearest government hospital
User:they have vaccine
Doctor:or you can go to any big hospital, they will also report the disease to the government appropriately after confirming if it really positive
Doctor:No my dear, the vaccine is not yet available for public use
Doctor:it is still undergoing research
Doctor:and is at a very early stage of develoment
User:and which specilist we need to concern
Doctor:You can take your father to any of the medical college hospitals
User:MGM is good for that
Doctor:You need to consult a General Medicine specialist first
Doctor:then they will refer you to the appropriate departments for further testing and confirming the disease
Doctor:MGM is good
User:in vashi
Doctor:I am from Bangalore, I do not have very good idea about the localities in Mumbai
Doctor:You can send a mail to our customer care team about the hospital
Doctor:and they will help you out
User:i am so sacred for my dad
Doctor:Please give me a minute to go through your reports
Doctor:I have seen the report
Doctor:the report is a comprehensive test for HIV 1
Doctor:and it is definitely positive
User:then wat
Doctor:You need to go to the hospital and start treatment
User:please say some good thing
Doctor:Don't be afraid,
Doctor:The disease can be controlled very well with the medicines available
Doctor:and the government gives these medicines free of cost as the medicines are very costly
Doctor:Please take all the reports and see Skin doctor
User:y skin doctor
Doctor:The skin doctors will start the anti-viral treatment as per the government guidelines
Doctor:because HIV is a sexually transmitted disease Skin doctors study that specifically
User:so u mean did we get affetced
Doctor:that is why you should consult a skin doctor and then you can also consult a general medicine doctor if your father has any other problems
Doctor:I can not be sure of that, May I know how old you are?
Doctor:I don't think you are infected with HIV
Doctor:How is your mother?
User:and my sis she is 22 and my bro is 19
User:she is ok
User:who need to do test
Doctor:Okay, I will ask you some personal questions about your mother and father, if you don't mind you can answer me
Doctor:Are your father and mother still sexually active?
Doctor:When did they stop having sex?
Doctor:definitely it is best to get all of you tested
Doctor:but your mother should get tested without fail
User:thanks doctor
Doctor:All the family members should go to the hospital and you should listen to what the counselors tell you
Doctor:You will understand more about this disease there
Doctor:and then get yourself tested
Doctor:after that follow the doctors advice
Doctor:Is there anything else you would like to know?
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Doctor:Thank you for chatting with me
Doctor:Hi, Welcome back
Doctor:how can I help you?
User:wat test we need to do
Doctor:Some basic blood tests to see how your father is doing
User:other than my fathre
Doctor:like complete blood counts
User:western blot
Doctor:Other than your father, Western blot is good, instead you can go for ELISA as a screening test
User:ELISA detect that
Doctor:If that turns out to be positive then you can confirm it by western blot or other methods
Doctor:Yes, ELISA can detect that
Doctor:Or if you can afford, you can go for PCR
User:wat cost
Doctor:I am not sure about PCR in Mumbai
User:wat in banglore
Doctor:but ELISA will be done free of cost at the VCTC center
User:and cost about elisa
Doctor:PCR may cost anywhere around 10 to 20 thousand per individual
User:is elisa is good
Doctor:If you go to the government hospital all the tests will be done free
User:is that detect everything
Doctor:Yes, ELISA is good
Doctor:It will detect the antibodies to HIV 1 and 2
User:we need to do how many times in years
Doctor:You can do once in six months for two years
User:did any chances of affected
Doctor:after that if it comes negative you can stop it
User:after two years
User:or after first test
User:wat cost of ELISA
Doctor:If you don't have any sexual relationships with a person having HIV you will not get HIV
Doctor:ELISA will be done free in the government hospital
User:only the sexual realtiona can taranfer the HIV
Doctor:In private it will cost you around 500 to 1000 rupees
User:if my mom and dad did not had sex for last one year is there any chance of affected
User:i am recently married
Doctor:Yes, If your dad had got this before 1 year then there is good chance that your mother might also be affected
User:but u told me that its early stage then
Doctor:Sexual intercourse is the major way in which HIV is transmitted from one person to another
User:thanks doctor
User:can we talk tomorrow
Doctor:Thanks for chatting
Doctor:Yes we can chat tomorrow
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