What Is It? Feline AIDS is also known as the feline immunodeficiency virus. It mirrors the human version in that it can take years after exposure before symptoms emerge. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus that affects cats worldwide. From 2.5% up to 4.4% of cats worldwide are infected with FIV. FIV differs taxonomically from two other feline retroviruses, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline foamy virus (FFV), and is more closely related to human immunodeficiency virus ().Within FIV, five subtypes have been identified based on nucleotide FIV or Feline AIDS in Cats . By: Aly Semigran . Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (FIV) in Cats . The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection is a complex To test a cat for feline immunodeficiency virus, the vet will check the cat’s history and risk factors, look for any visible signs of cat AIDS and take a blood sample. The blood test can’t identify the virus, but determines whether the FIV antibody is present in the cat’s bloodstream. Pet Ownership For People With HIV/AIDS. by Marianne English Published: Jun 15, 2009 6:55 pm . One of the most common difficulties people with HIV/AIDS encounter is Have your cat’s nails clipped so it can’t scratch you. Discuss other ways to prevent scratching with your veterinarian. If you do get scratched or bitten, immediately .

Dr. Donald Delinks, a veterinarian here on Cape Cod, recently got some bad news about a patient: His 10-year-old mongrel cat, Flopsy, tested positive for the feline form of AIDS. The feline immunodeficiency virus, FIV, is an increasingly common though little publicized diagnosis in this country Continued How Can FIV Be Prevented? FIV vaccines are available but may not protect all cats. In addition, these vaccines can interfere with testing for the virus. My cat has been diagnosed with FIV, has he got feline AIDS? A positive FIV test simply means the cat has been infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). .

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