While an HIV diagnosis can be terrifying, medical advancements have made it possible to live a long, healthy life. At Advanced Infectious Disease Medical in Hoboken, New Jersey, Avisheh Forouzesh, MD, a fellowship-trained board-certified physician in infectious disease, offers confidential and compassionate HIV care. Dr. Forouzesh provides accurate and customized treatment plans to keep you comfortable and healthy. Learn more about the importance of HIV testing by scheduling an appointment online or by phone.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an infectious condition that destroys the cells responsible for fighting off disease and infection. HIV weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to other diseases, such as pneumonia, infections, and certain cancers.
If left untreated, HIV can develop into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the most serious phase of HIV infection. At this stage, the patient’s immune system is very compromised and patients are likely to develop severe illnesses and debilitating symptoms.
HIV is spread through contact with certain infected bodily fluids, including semen, vaginal and rectal fluids, breast milk, and blood. Your infection risk increases having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex or sharing needles with an infected partner.
In some people, no noticeable symptoms are present during the early stages of an HIV infection. For others, flu-like symptoms can develop 2-4 weeks after infection and include:
Some people with an HIV infection also develop mouth ulcers. These symptoms can last for just a few days or as long as several weeks.
Because these symptoms are common with other conditions, it’s important to undergo HIV testing if you feel you’re at risk for the infection.
HIV is diagnosed via blood test, checking antibody and antigen to the virus.
Also, Dr. Forouzesh may recommend an HIV test as part of your routine health care.
Dr. Forouzesh creates a custom treatment plan based on your medical history and your current stage of HIV. While there isn’t a cure for HIV, she can slow down the progress of the infection with a combination of Highly active antiretroviral medications.
These medications reduce the amount of virus in your body fluids, including your blood. HIV medications can help you enjoy a long, healthy life, despite the active infection.
For discreet HIV counseling and testing, schedule an appointment at Advanced Infectious Disease Medical by calling the Hoboken office or by using the online booking tool.