There is no cure. There is no vaccine.
Interferon, AZT, or Acemannan may help to increase appetite and overall
quality of life. AZT has been shown to improve symptoms.
Just as with human aids - Identifying and Isolating FIV positive cats is
the only means by which FIV can be controlled.
ofkittens less than 6 months of age is not
recommended because they can have antibodies from their motherís
colostrum which can cause a false positive test. Kittens that test
positive should be re-tested at 6 months of age.
Positive cats can be
confirmed by the Western Blot test.
Cats over 6 months of age should be
tested for FIV:
to a new household
bringing home a new cat or visitor.
After possibility of
exposure ie 6 months after a cat fight
Periodic or Annual
Testing of ďat risk catsĒ is recommended
Cats at risk are cats
known to be FeLV positive, fighting cats, strays, cats with bite wounds,
escapees, recently mated cats, cats in a household with known FIV + or
FeLV + cats.
FIV Vaccine: We DO
NOT recommend this vaccine.
This is an adjuvanted
vaccine. Iit is at risk of causing an injection site fibrosarcoma. There
are 5 Clades of FIV viruses. The predominate Clade in Texas and the U.S.
is Clade B. The vaccine contains Clade A & D. Cross protection between
the clades is poor. Vaccination will interfere with testing.
FIV or Feline Aids
is not contagious to people.