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May 29, 2007
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  • HIV Treatment
  • Nutrition & HIV
  • Complications of HIV & HIV Meds
  • HIV & Hepatitis C Transmission
  • Strange but True
  •  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 drug resistance?
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     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?
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     COMPLICATIONS OF HIV & HIV MEDS

    Did a Drug-Drug Interaction Darken My Urine?
    This morning I took the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis, and in the afternoon I noticed my urine was dark brown. Could that have been the result of an interaction between Cialis and my HIV meds?


    Why Are People With HIV at Risk for Anemia?
    What are the potential causes of anemia in HIVers?
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     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?
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     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?

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    Visual AIDS
    Art From HIV-Positive Artists

    Image from the May 2007 Visual AIDS Web Gallery
    "Eclipse," 1992; Frank Moore
    Visit the May 2007 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "Eclipse," is curated by Laura Gilbert, an internationally exhibited artist in residence at El Taller Latino Americano arts complex in Manhattan.