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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Ten years back my friend had a test of HIV. The report came as "serum reactive to HIV 1" he went for some ayurvedic treatment (Indian treatment with plants and herbs) after its 100 days course he again went for the test and to his surprise the test result has shown to HIV (may be the report was not perfect). After 2 years of that report he got married and has now 2 children. His entire family now has tested they do not have infected with HIV. Now he has been affected with fever for nearly 30 days and he again went for the HIV test for his satisfaction. The test report has come "serum reactive to HIV 1". Is it possible that he is survived for ten years with good health and how come his family does not get infected. Now advice me what to do.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
Doctor :   Let me read it
Doctor :   Listen, you have to accept the fact that HIV is sexually transmitted
Doctor :   It does not mean that every person is infected with every sexual encounter
Doctor :   The male to female transmission is more till 10%
Doctor :   The second test report could be an artifact
Doctor :   Sametime HIV positive individuals can live normally
Doctor :   if they take care about healthy living
Doctor :   the average life span is still over 10 yrs after seroconversion
User :   doctor had advised to go for "western Blot" test
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   He should

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