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Dec 21, 2000

Again, thank you very much for this forum....My stats have been consistent since I have had lab work done....for the past year...VL average 15,000...TC average 700...My question stools have been very lose for about the last several months....not diarrhea...but not a solid stool by any means...and also seems that I go a lot....4 to 5 times a day. I am on no meds nor have I ever been...I also have not lost weight....quite the opposite...I have gained about 15 pounds in the last year...(was working with a personal trainer...more muscle gain then fat gain). Is this abnormal or attributed to my stats at all.......I have been very fortunate not to have been ill at all....

I would appreciate your insight....

Response from Dr. Young

Sounds like you have abnormal stool habits (at least by frequency). For what it is worth, with your HIV-related numbers, it would be hard to blame your symptoms just on HIV. It is important to know that some patients do have recurrent gastrointestinal infections (even those with high CD4 counts), such as giardia. While not severe or life threatening, these could represent a treatable problem that very well might improve your quality of life. If you haven't had a medical evaluation of your stool, I'd certainly recommend that as a starting point. Good luck. -BY

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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