February 20, 2013
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Living With HIV

 Do People Living With HIV Take Longer to Recover After Exercise?
I have read that the immune system is involved in muscle building and exercise recovery. Recently, after a leg workout, I had sore muscles for almost five days. Does it take longer for people living with HIV to recover after exercising?

Nelson Vergel responds in the "Nutrition and Exercise" forum

 Is Grapefruit Safe for People Taking HIV Meds?
Does grapefruit interact with HIV drugs? Is it OK to drink grapefruit juice with my pills?

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., responds in the "Choosing Your Meds" forum

Mixed-Status Couples

 Tips for a Safer and Satisfying Sex Life When Living With HIV
I'm new to this HIV thing, but I take my meds every day and my viral load is undetectable. I have a boyfriend and we finally had sex (yes, I disclosed my status), but the condom broke. We didn't realize until after. Now I'm afraid to have sex with him. Should he get tested?

Richard Cordova responds in the "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" forum

Insurance, Workplace & Legal Concerns

 Should I Disclose My Status to Receive Short-Term Disability Insurance?
My employer offers short-term disability insurance. However, in order to receive benefits, the insurance company requires a signed medical release authorization (MRA) from me. The MRA states they can give my confidential patient information to my employer, as well as other insurance companies. I've been positive for almost 30 years and want to keep my status private. Should I not file a claim to avoid the risk of my status being revealed?

Jacques Chambers, C.L.U., responds in the "Workplace and Insurance Issues" forum

 Was I Fired Because I'm HIV Positive?
Today I was fired because I am not "high energy and motivated" enough. I had been with the company for almost two years and they knew my HIV status before hiring me. About five months into the job, I started treatment, which made me easily irritable and angry. They noted that this change in character came after I started meds. So is it OK for them to expect me to act like a "normal" employee? Was I wrongfully let go?

Jacques Chambers, C.L.U., responds in the "Workplace and Insurance Issues" forum

10 tips for finding the right pharmacy

Keeping Up With Your HIV Meds

Your pharmacist and pharmacy play a critical role in helping you adhere to your HIV meds, guarding against drug-drug interactions and advocating on your behalf. Michelle Sherman, an HIV specialist pharmacist in California, guides you through 10 steps to finding a pharmacy that's just the right fit.

HIV/AIDS Treatment

 Is Having Cold Symptoms Normal After Starting HIV Treatment?
I started treatment three days ago. Now I feel like I have the common cold, with sneezing and a runny nose. Are these cold symptoms a side effect of the medications?

Keith Henry, M.D., responds in the "Managing Side Effects of HIV Treatment" forum

 Can a Healthy Lifestyle Help Me Delay Starting Meds?
I was diagnosed two weeks ago with a CD4 count of 642. I have started yoga and meditation. I also avoid junk food and alcohol, and have given up smoking. I sleep around nine hours every night. If I continue this lifestyle, can I increase or maintain my CD4 levels and delay starting treatment?

Nelson Vergel responds in the "Aging With HIV" forum

Other Health Issues & HIV/AIDS

 Is a Cure for Hepatitis C on the Horizon?
Is it true that we are standing before a revolution in hepatitis C treatment? All the news we hear is really hopeful and promising. Will there be a cure in the coming years?

Lynn Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P., responds in the "Hepatitis and HIV Coinfection" forum

 How Do I Treat and Prevent Anal Fissures?
Since I was diagnosed with HIV a few years ago, I have had anal fissures from time to time. Fortunately, they are not painful, but I want to be able to enjoy anal sex without worrying about this problem. What advice can you give on dealing with anal fissures?

Keith Henry, M.D., responds in the "Managing Side Effects of HIV Treatment" forum

Connect With Others

Newly Diagnosed: Going Downhill
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

How can I manage living with HIV? I'm so depressed and scared to die. I don't know how to live with it. -- aloneindark

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Understanding HIV/AIDS Labs

 Undetectable Vs. Very Low Viral Loads: What's the Difference?
Dr. Holodniy, in a previous response, you said that an HIV-positive person's viral load should be undetectable within six months after starting treatment. For me, after six months of treatment, my viral load was 26 (a year ago, an undetectable viral load would have meant less than 50; with newer tests, it's less than 20). My doctor said I should test again in six months because I'm doing well. Do you agree or should I go back sooner?

Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C., responds in the "Understanding Your Labs" forum

 What's Coming For HIV Treatment in the Next Five Years?
What are the latest developments for HIV treatment? What can we expect in the next five years?

Nelson Vergel responds in the "Nutrition and Exercise" forum

HIV Transmission

 What's the Risk of Unprotected Anal Sex?
I had unprotected anal sex for the first time (the only time in 30 years) with my boyfriend, who says he's HIV negative. He didn't ejaculate inside me. He pulled out and jerked off onto my chest. The sex lasted for about 10 minutes. Should I be worried? What are the risks?

Richard Cordova responds in the "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" forum


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