|• HIV TREATMENT
My Labs Are Excellent; Can I Stop Taking My HIV Meds?
I have an undetectable viral load and a CD4 count of 868. I'm wondering what would happen if I stopped taking my HIV meds. How long could I expect my good health to last?
How Often Should I See My HIV Specialist?
I've had HIV for about a year and a half and have been on HIV medications for a year now. After my viral load became undetectable, my infectious disease specialist told me to come back in "five
or six months." How often do you think I should see the doctor?
What's the Difference Between HIV-1 and HIV-2?
I was recently diagnosed with HIV-2, which is a different type of virus than most people in the United States get. What kind of treatment is available to me? Is it different from HIV-1 treatment?
What Are the Risks of Taking Reyataz Without Food?
I know that Reyataz (atazanavir) is supposed to be taken with food, but how important is it that I have something to eat with every dose? Could taking Reyataz on an empty stomach cause
|• NUTRITION & HIV
How Can I Boost My Immune System?
I was recently diagnosed with HIV; my CD4 count is 225 and my viral load is 5,225. I'd like to concentrate on boosting my immune system, but the advice I've read is a confusing jumble. What
supplements should I take? What should I eat? How often should I exercise?
Nutritional Supplements for Fighting Body Fat Changes: How Much Is Too Much?
I'm an HIV-positive gym nut whose HIV medications have caused some unpleasant body fat changes. I'm taking a slew of supplements to minimize the fat problems, including a multivitamin, echinacea,
ginseng, CoQ10, glucosamine, protein shakes and creatine. Could taking all these supplements reduce the effectiveness of my HIV meds? Are there any other strategies for fighting body fat changes?
|• HIV & HEPATITIS C TRANSMISSION
Why Did Emergency Room Docs Refuse to Give Me PEP?
After a night of clubbing, I spent a few hours hooking up with a guy I had just met. We fondled and kissed, but didn't have oral or anal sex. Later that night, he told me that he was HIV positive.
I rushed to a hospital to ask for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), but the doctors in the emergency room refused to prescribe me HIV meds. Why?
Bi and Curious: Is Sex With Two Men Riskier Than Sex With One?
I'm 26-year-old bisexual man, and though up till now I've only had sex with women, this summer I'd like to start experimenting with men. While I don't plan to have tons of anal sex (and if
I do, we will use condoms), I worry that I'll be putting myself at high risk for HIV by fooling around with more than one guy. Having a few flings with men won't be dangerous as long as we
use condoms during sex, right?
Hepatitis C, HIV and Hairbrushes
Is hepatitis C a form (or cause) of HIV? Can you get hep C from sharing a hairbrush with a person who is infected?
• STRANGE BUT TRUE
New From Apple: The iVirus
At the gym recently, a friend of mine handed me his MP3 player, and I stuck the earbuds in my ear. If he has HIV (he does sleep around, after all), did I put myself at risk?