May 25, 2010
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MIXED-STATUS COUPLES


 How Can I Reassure My HIV-Positive Partner That Our Relationship Can Work?
A good friend and I have always been attracted to each other, and we finally made out two weeks ago. Yesterday he told me he's HIV positive. He says he's not sure he can do a relationship with me. I know that I want a partnership with him, but I'm scared he won't agree because I'm HIV negative. How can I show him that a relationship can work between a positive and a negative partner?


HIV/AIDS & BODY SHAPE CHANGES


 What Can Be Done for My Extreme Lipodystrophy?
I have a buffalo hump and all the fat on my body has been redistributed to my trunk area. From 1999 to 2004 I was on Epivir (3TC, lamivudine), Sustiva (efavirenz, Stocrin) and Zerit (d4t, stavudine) -- a common culprit for lipodystrophy. When I switched to Norvir (ritonavir), Reyataz (atazanavir) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC), the changes in my body went from moderate to extreme. My CD4 count is high and my viral load is undetectable, so I'm doing well at keeping the virus in check, but that doesn't help me physically or mentally. What can I do to lose weight? If I get liposuction, is there any way to get my insurance to pay for the procedure?


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HIV/AIDS TREATMENT


 Two-Month Treatment Interruption: What's My Risk of Resistance?
I'm a 23-year-old HIV-positive man and I've been on Norvir (ritonavir), Reyataz (atazanavir) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) since 2005. I recently missed two months worth of HIV med doses due to a bipolar episode. I'm back on my meds, but what's the chance that my virus has built resistance to them? Are there any other HIV med options if it has?


 Norvir Makes Me Loopy: What Are the Alternatives to This Booster?
I was taking Reyataz (atazanavir) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC); then I found out I needed to take Norvir (ritonavir) with that regimen, but Norvir makes me dizzy and unable to focus. What are my other options?


 How Can I Stretch My HIV Med Supply While Traveling Abroad?
I was diagnosed in 2003, currently taking Norvir (ritonavir), Reyataz (atazanavir) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) with 100 percent adherence, an undetectable viral load and a CD4 count in the 600 range. I'm going overseas to do field work, and because I get my HIV meds through an AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), I can only get a 90-day supply of meds to take with me. I'll be gone for at least two weeks longer than that. What is the best way to stretch my 90-day med supply?


OTHER HEALTH ISSUES


 What Can We Long-Term Survivors Do to Avoid Anal Cancer?
Dear Nelson Vergel: I know you're also a long-term HIV survivor. Can you tell us what you've done to make sure you don't develop anal cancer, considering that HIVers -- especially gay men -- are diagnosed with this type of cancer at a greater rate than our HIV-negative counterparts?


 What Do You Know About HIV and Memory Loss?
I am 47 years old and I have been poz for 17 years. I forget tons of things, while my 80-year-old mom remembers everything. Am I losing my memory? If so, what can I do about it? Is my memory loss due to aging or HIV itself?


 Can I Take My Acid Reflux Meds With Reyataz?
I'm 58 and I've been taking Norvir (ritonavir), Reyataz (atazanavir) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) for three years. I was recently diagnosed with an acid reflux disease and prescribed Prilosec (omeprazole). According to my doctor, new studies show that combining Prilosec and Reyataz is OK as long as they're taken 12 hours apart, but I'm worred since I've read that Reyataz shouldn't be taken with antacids. What do you think?


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Just Diagnosed and Going Nuts: Please Help!
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

I was just diagnosed positive a few weeks ago and my boyfriend came out negative, however we had unprotected sex when neither of us knew our status and now I'm so afraid that he might also be positive ... I can't talk to my family since they don't approve of me being gay. I just recently came out to my mom she didn't like it at all; now imagine dropping this on her ... Every time I try to think positive about the situation I think about him and I go right back down to my depression mode ... Sometimes I think of nothing but hurting myself for the fact that I put somebody's life at risk ... I really hope there is somebody out there that's been through a similar situation and can at least on some level give me some type of advice ... I made that mistake of not reinforcing wearing a condom when I had it in my hands, and he didn't want to ... It's chaos in my head, I can't focus on anything at all -- can somebody help me please? -- Jayjay28

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UNDERSTANDING HIV/AIDS LABS


 Recently Diagnosed: Will I Eventually Be HIV Negative?
I was diagnosed HIV positive very recently. My doctor told me that HIV treatment could bring my viral load down to zero. Does that mean that one day I could be completely HIV free, as in HIV negative?


HIV/AIDS TRANSMISSION


 Would Smooshed Banana Work as an HIV-Killing Lube?
Since scientists recently found a protein in bananas that may block HIV's entry into cells, what do you think about rubbing squished banana on a condom to reduce risk in case of breakage?






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