March 25, 2014
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Living With HIV

 What Are the Best Foods for People Living With HIV?
Are there any foods that are best for fighting the virus? Which foods are best to help gain weight healthily?

Nelson Vergel responds in the "Aging With HIV" forum

 What's My Life Expectancy After AIDS?
I was diagnosed in 1996, but did not start meds until 2006 when my CD4 count was 4 and viral load was 770,000. After being on treatment, my CD4 count is now 600 and my viral load is undetectable. How long can I expect to live after overcoming a CD4 count below 200?

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

 Angelikah Demonikah Goes From Homeless Youth to Unlikely HIV Activist
thumbnail image for blurbAngelikah Demonikah has lived on the streets, been through rehab and been the star of an MTV documentary. Her life, with all its ups and downs, truly shows that HIV can happen to anyone.

Mixed-Status Couples

 How Can We Reduce the HIV Risk of Condomless Sex?
My girlfriend has HIV. She's been on treatment for 20 years and has a low viral load. What are the chances of transmission if we have condomless sex?

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

Insurance, Workplace & Legal Concerns

 Can Life Insurance Companies Secretly Test For HIV?
I went to get life insurance and the agent said she was testing me for tobacco use. However, I picked up the test and it said HIV on it. I don't care if they tested me for HIV, but is it legal to test me without my consent?

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

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Marc Paige (From Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) on "The Bug Chaser's Tale: An Interview"

"I can't help but think, after reading these stories, that in some cases it might be a profound internal homophobia that drives some bug chasers. After all, as gay people, most of us are taught or learn at an early age that the world judges us as sad or bad. Could bug chasing also be a manifestation of an attitude that, as a gay man, they deserve to have bad things happen to them; they deserve HIV disease?"

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HIV/AIDS Treatment

 How Can I Deal With Too Many Pills?
I have been on meds for the past 10 years. I recently took a break for about six months. My doctor wants me to start treatment again, but I didn't like taking multiple pills. Can I switch to another regimen?

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

 Does Atripla Affect Semen Quality and Fertility?
I recently started Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC) and have noticed a significant change in my semen. It now appears watery, instead of thick and white. Is this a side effect from the meds? Does it affect my fertility?

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

 Starting Treatment and Corporate Greed: An Activist’s Perspective
thumbnail image for blurbFrom protesting "big pharma" about the cost of meds to taking meds himself, Marco Benjamin’s journey with starting treatment is nuanced.

Other Health Issues & HIV/AIDS

 How Do I Ask For Help Dealing With Depression and Anxiety?
If I start feeling depression or anxiety, how do I ask my doctor about it? I'm really starting to get tired of all these meds and side effects, so I'd like help.

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

News & Opinion

 Can an Undetectable Viral Load Replace Condoms?
What's the chances of getting infected from unprotected sex if the positive partner has an undetectable viral load?

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

 The Bug Chaser’s Tale: An Interview
thumbnail image for blurb"Many people have a fascination for what drives people to bug chase, and this story may help others understand the phenomenon a little better"

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Starting a New Life
(A recent post from the "Relationships & Dating" board)

I thought it was over. Then I met other people like me living normal lives. Now I stand tall and strong. The meds do help me feel good, happy and full of life again. I still cry wishing if only, but there is only one direction, forward. It's only through education that we can overcome this disease and others. Love and peace to all my brothers and sisters.

 -- Ester

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Understanding HIV/AIDS Labs

 How Long After Starting Treatment Will Numbers Improve?
I have a friend whose CD4 count was 1 and viral load was 230,000, before starting treatment in January. How long will it take to build up his CD4 count and reduce his viral load?

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

 What Do We Do After a CD4 Count Drop?
My partner has been living with HIV since the early '90s. For the past 10 years, he had an undetectable viral load and a CD4 count over 600. However, last summer his CD4 count dropped to 125 and has remained around there since. What could have caused this and what can we do?

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

 If a Person Can Control HIV Naturally, Do They Still Need HIV Treatment?
thumbnail image for blurbThe more we learn about "HIV controllers," the more we realize that they may not actually be "controlling" their HIV infection quite as well as we’d thought.

HIV Transmission

 What's the Risk From Brief Unprotected Anal Sex?
I visited a glory hole and thought the guy was giving me oral sex, however, he had actually placed his ass on my penis for about 10 seconds before I realized. Was I at risk and should I get tested?

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

 Rare Sexual HIV Transmission Between Women Is Documented in Texas
thumbnail image for blurbHealth officials have confirmed that an HIV-positive woman transmitted the virus to her monogamous partner. How did it happen, and what factors put lesbians at risk in general?


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