March 18, 2014
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Living With HIV

 How Do I Find a Better HIV Doctor?
My current doctor gives me a basic exam and nothing more. Am I expecting too much? Where can I find a doctor who will address all my health issues besides the basics?

Nelson Vergel responds in the "Aging With HIV" forum

 Can I Drink Beer With My HIV Meds?
How much alcohol can I drink if I'm on meds? Will drinking interfere with my meds in any way?

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., responds in the "Mental Health and HIV" forum

 The Dilemma of Dating Positive
thumbnail image for blurb"It occurred to me that sometimes I make dating with HIV look easy, but it's not by any stretch of the imagination."

Mixed-Status Couples

 Does Pulling Out Reduce HIV Transmission Risk?
I recently achieved an undetectable viral load and now my girlfriend wants to have condomless sex. She knows my status and feels comfortable with it as long as I pull out. Does having an undetectable viral load and pulling out lower the risk?

Shannon R. Southall responds in the "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" forum

 PrEP's Achilles' Heel: Taking a Daily Prevention Pill
thumbnail image for blurb"What do people need to be able to adhere to daily oral PrEP? And how can scientists understand, measure, and support adherence in clinical trials?" BETA covers a recent workshop that explored these key questions.

Insurance, Workplace & Legal Concerns

 Can People Living With HIV Practice Medicine?
I was just diagnosed with HIV and am currently a medical student. Can I still practice medicine if I have HIV?

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

Join the Conversation

James (From West Virginia) on "Zero HIV Infections Seen Through Condomless Sex When HIV-Positive Partner Is on Effective Treatment""

"This confirms my experience with my positive partner. I have been the bottom for him to bareback for eight months, with no transmission. He has had an undetectable viral load for 12 years and we have been together the same span. I was comfortable going bareback after doing some research. I think under the right conditions barebacking is OK for committed magnetic couples."

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HIV/AIDS Treatment

 Can I Chew My Meds?
I'm on a single-tablet regimen, but currently the only way for me to take it is to chew it. Does this reduce the drug's effectiveness or is it OK?

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

 Can I Eat After I Take My Meds?
I have been taking my meds at 10 p.m. and was advised to take it at least two hours after meals. But I usually get hungry at night. Is it OK if I eat after?

Nelson Vergel responds in the "Nutrition and Exercise" forum

 In Battle of First-Line Drugs, Raltegravir Beats Two Protease Inhibitors
thumbnail image for blurbA major, head-to-head comparison of three common HIV medications finds that all three are very good. But subtle differences set each of them apart from the others.

Other Health Issues & HIV/AIDS

 How Can I Cleanse My Liver Naturally?
Can eating specific foods or taking up a cleanse diet improve my liver health?

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

News & Opinion

 Can People Living With HIV Get Liposuction?
I've been on meds for two decades and have some fat issues around my abs. Is it safe to see a plastic surgeon to remove the fat or should I try Egrifta (tesamorelin)?

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

 Madonna's Poignant "AIDS Hysteria" Saturday Night Live Sketch Illuminates '80s-Era Stigma
thumbnail image for blurbIs AIDS funny? Would you believe that Madonna did a comedy skit about HIV/AIDS hysteria when she was a Saturday Night Live host in 1985?

Connect With Others

How Do I Deal With a Cynical Boyfriend?
(A recent post from the "My Loved One Has HIV/AIDS" board)

"My positive boyfriend takes his meds every day and has great lab numbers. However, he can get moody, depressed and cynical. I understand that it's hard for him, but I tell him I'm here for him every day. We have been through so much together, but his negativity is starting to get to me. What can I do to cheer him up and hold it together?"

 -- nelsonmom

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Understanding HIV/AIDS Labs

 What Kind of Food Can I Eat to Improve My CD4 Count?
My CD4 count was 900 six months ago. Now it's 600. Are there foods I can eat to help me increase it?

Nelson Vergel responds in the "Nutrition and Exercise" forum

 How Does Initial CD4 Count Affect Life Expectancy?
A recent study found that those starting treatment with a CD4 count over 350 can expect a normal lifespan. How should an average reader with a starting CD4 count of less than 350 make sense of this news? Is starting with a CD4 count less than 350 considered worse?

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

HIV Transmission

 What's the Risk of Woman-to-Woman HIV Transmission?
I am a lesbian living with HIV and I'm attracted to a negative woman. We want to be sexual. I have an undetectable viral load and have been very adherent to my regimen. What is the risk of transmission?

Shannon R. Southall responds in the "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" forum

 A Q&A on PrEP for Women With a Leading Researcher
thumbnail image for blurbClinical Trials of PrEP among women have been a mixed bag -- mostly due to adherence issues. In this interview, Judy Auerbach, Ph.D., talks about how complicated and critical adherence is.



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