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convulsions and HIV

Jul 12, 2011

i am HIV negative and my HIV positive girlfriend is having convulsions. there are no signs of meningism only the fitting otherwise she is perfectly well. what could be causing these fits and how best can they be managed how long can ARVs keep one strong and how long can one expect to live on these drugs cause i have chosen to believe that she will live the longest on ARVs with my love and support

Response from Dr. Frascino


I cannot diagnose the cause of your girlfriend's convulsions over the Internet. I would urge her to see her HIV specialist immediately. Seizures in someone who is HIV infected can be an indication of a significant opportunistic illness, such as toxoplasmosis, for instance. She needs a complete evaluation for this problem without delay.

Regarding long-term prognosis, the clinical course of HIV/AIDS varies considerably from person to person based on many factors including the degree of immune damage, opportunistic illnesses, viral strain, etc. Her HIV specialist would be best equipped to discuss her prognosis.

Dr. Bob

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