Dec 20, 2011
I have been HIV Positive for Just over 2 years
07/05/11 Started Viramune 150 mg/mL 2 x per day
07/05/11 Started Viread 300 mg/mL 1 x per day
07/05/11 Started Epivir 200 mg/mL 2 x per day
10/04/11 Viral Load (HIV): 38 copies/mL
10/04/11 CD4 Count: 724 cells/mm3
10/04/11 CD4 %: 33 %
I have 2 Poodles, and I read some where that it is not good to have Dogs if you have HIV.
The dogs do not bite, but some times like to cuddle and lick me. (as they love me)
Should i be ok with them or not? Your advise please?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello Tim and thanks for posting from Thailand.
As the husband of professional dog trainer, Louisa Morrissey, I'm quick to say that dogs offer much companionship, especially to those with medical conditions.
In general, there are no specific health risks from dogs to those living with HIV, especially if you have a healthy immune system (as you do). The US CDC offers this overview brochure on Preventing Infections from Pets. Being mindful of these few aspects can keep you and your poodles healthy.
Hope that helps, BY
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