June 22, 2010
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MIXED-STATUS COUPLES


 Timed Intercourse to Get Pregnant: When and How Should I Get Tested for HIV?
My husband of 10 years is HIV positive and has been taking HIV meds for three years. We did timed intercourse to conceive a child, and now I'm 15 weeks pregnant. I took home HIV tests at eight and 14 weeks after my exposure and they both came back negative. I'm not comfortable taking a blood test for HIV at my local clinic since I live in a small town and I work at the clinic. Is a blood test necessary?


HIV/AIDS & BODY SHAPE CHANGES


 Will an Oral Steroid Help Me Lose Belly Fat -- Even if I Don't Exercise?
I'm 51 years old and take Isentress (raltegravir), Norvir (ritonavir), Prezista (darunavir) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) as well as Androgel. I used to have an OK body but have recently developed a big belly. I don't exercise regularly due to fatigue and other problems. I remember a study showing that HIVers who used Oxandrin (oxandrolone) and didn't exercise still noticed improvement in their bodies. Would adding Oxandrin to my regimen help me feel more energetic and get back in shape?


 Which Fillers Are Good for the Legs and Butt?
Which products are effective at correcting fat loss in the legs and butt, and where are they available? Are there any studies of new buttock fillers on the horizon?


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HIV/AIDS TREATMENT


 Is My Dose of HIV Meds Appropriate for My Weight?
Despite a number of viral load "blips" in the past, my counts are holding steady, but I feel like my whole life is taking pills! I only weigh 140 pounds and I'm taking the same dosage of HIV meds as someone who weighs 200 pounds. Why are HIV med doses so uniform? Could I be overdosing?


 Why Are Drug Companies Dropping Their HIV Meds in Development?
Recently there were a few medications in development for people with resistance to all HIV meds, but I just heard that two companies abandoned their research. What does all this mean for someone like me whose only hope is new medications? What are some of the new HIV meds in the pipeline?


 Only Taking Half the Required Dose of Isentress: Will My Virus Become Resistant?
I'm 42 years old and I was diagnosed with HIV a year ago. I recently started taking Epzicom (abacavir/3TC, Kivexa) and Isentress (raltegravir), but the pharmacy only gave me a 30-day supply of Isentress. I've been taking it once a day for 20 days and just realized I was supposed to be taking it twice a day. Will I become resistant to it?


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COMPLICATIONS OF HIV/HIV MEDS


 Could My Allergies Have Increased Now That I'm HIV Positive?
Since becoming HIV positive I've noticed an increase in food allergies. Is this common for HIVers?


 My Son Has a CD4 Count of 7: Where to Start in Caring for Him at Home?
We recently found my son, who has schizophrenia and had been missing and living on the streets for three years. He'd been diagnosed with HIV the month before and his CD4 count is 7. I'm a certified medical assistant and I want to care for him at home. What do I need to know in order to do that?


 Bipolar on Atripla and Having a Hard Time: What Are My Next Steps?
I'm bipolar, HIV positive and have been doing well, HIV-wise, on Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC) since April 2009. I've been taking trazodone for depression for about 13 years and the mood stabilizer Lamictal (lamotrigine) for more than six years. Since starting Atripla my depression has become more severe. I've been thinking about suicide and I started drinking again after almost 11 years sober. I'm not in regular mental health care and the local HIV/AIDS clinic doesn't seem to know how to help me. What can I do?


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Connect With Others

Doing Well a Year After Diagnosis -- but Still Nervous About Starting Meds
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

I'm 27, have had HIV for about four years, have never been on meds before. I just got tested last year ... Had been in denial about it for a while to myself. My first labs were CD4 count 294 and viral load 29,000. After getting diagnosed, I stopped smoking and partying and started eating better. My CD4 count jumped to the 400s, where it has stayed for a year, and I've put on 10 pounds which was good for a skinny guy like me! I take multivitamins every day, I'm active and jog a lot. Yesterday, my latest labs were CD4 500!!! Without meds! I know I have to start them anyway, so now is a better time than if I wait too long. I am a little nervous about it. But it is definitely a journey I feel better about than when I first started. Is anybody else in a similar situation? -- markman

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HIV TRANSMISSION


 PEP Is Making Me Sick: Can I Stop Early?
I had a possible HIV exposure and my doc put me on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). It's Day 22 of my 28-day course and I feel so sick from the meds that it's impacting my work. When can I stop taking the treatment?


UNDERSTANDING HIV/AIDS LABS


 Why Is My Partner's CD4 Count Dropping and Mine Is Not?
Me and my partner were both diagnosed with HIV in 2007. We both seroconverted in the same year and have the same strain of virus. Recently my partner's CD4 count has dropped rapidly from over 600 to 420. My CD4 count has stayed at 600. Should I be worried about this, since he and I don't practice safer sex? Is it just that some people's bodies react differently to HIV?


 If My Virus Is Resistant to My Current Meds, Why Isn't My Viral Load Higher?
I am currently taking Trizivir (AZT/3TC/abacavir), but according to my doctor my HIV has been resistant and/or sensitive to all the drugs in that combination for the last six years. In that time my viral load has see-sawed from 150 to 800, where it is currently. If I've been resistant to my meds for so long, why isn't my viral load much higher? Is my doctor correct?


STRANGE BUT TRUE


 Revenge of the Mad Cleaner?
I am a frequent masturbator and even have a masturbation dhoti (loincloth), which I haven't washed for several months. My place is vacuumed once a week by a cleaner who doesn't like me. Last week the cleaner tidied my room in my absence. My masturbation dhoti was within sight, and I have reason to believe he masturbated in it. About 24 hours after the cleaner did this act, I put on my dhoti, watched porn and masturbated. Some parts of the dhoti were hard and crusty. Assuming the horned-up cleaner ejaculated into my dhoti and that he is HIV positive, could I have contracted HIV this way?






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