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LOST - daughter newly diagnosed with HIV
Mar 8, 2006

We have a 27 year daughter who was diagnosed HIV positive

> 2 days ago during standard insurance

> tests.She has very low viral level and didn't need any medication yet.

> She is professional (has 2 degree from university )very responsible person

> and never took any drugs and was in only one relationship in her live what

> lasted 7 years.She asked her ex-boyfriend to do test and he told her he is

> negative.How could she get it?

> Can you tell me more what are her chances?Can she have protected sex (if she

> will have one) without exposing her partner to risk.What about kissing?How

> long she can live?

> Can you kindly tell me what is the latest development on the pharmaceutical

> side for HIV/Aids drug front ?

> I am waiting for your answer.

>

> Kind regards

>

> Ania

>

Response from Dr. Pierone

A positive HIV test in someone with no obvious exposure is certainly unexpected. One always wonders about a false positive test result. When you say the viral load was very low do you know what the number actually was and was it confirmed?

The prognosis for someone newly infected with HIV is excellent normal or near normal life span - as long as they have access to HAART and the life skills which are needed to maintain high-level adherence to therapy once it becomes necessary. Protected sex is effective in preventing transmission to an intimate partner. Kissing is fine as long as there is no active oral bleeding or sores.

The latest developments on the pharmaceutical front are Integrase inhibitors. These agents are in phase II and III studies and will be used first for patients with drug resistant virus. There is also a one pill, once daily combination tablet of Sustiva, Viread, and Emtriva which should become available later this year.

If you have more specific information please feel free to repost. Best of luck to you and your daughter!



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