BEYOND HIV/AIDS MEDICATIONS
What Do You Know About Vitamin K?
What are the different kinds of vitamin K, and why is this nutrient important?
Can You Explain Some of the Benefits of L-Carnitine?
Is L-carnitine a safe and effective nutritional supplement for losing weight and gaining lean body mass? Have its benefits been studied in HIV-positive people?
HIV/AIDS TREATMENT & SIDE EFFECTS
What Can I Expect From Starting HIV Meds?
I'm a 47-year-old man with a CD4 count of 536 and a viral load of 32,000, and I'm thinking about starting HIV meds. I'm equally scared of leaving HIV untreated and the potential side effects of treatment -- especially lipodystrophy. What's the likelihood that I'll develop lipodystrophy? What are my options if I experience side effects or organ problems on HIV meds? What would you do in my situation -- start meds now, or wait?
Gut Problems a Year After Starting HIV Meds: Are the Meds to Blame?
I'm a 39-year-old man and I've been doing well on Epivir (3TC, lamivudine), Sustiva (efavirenz, Stocrin) and Viread (tenofovir) and for close to a year. About three days ago I started to have stomach bloating and reduced appetite. I've also noticed increased fat around my lower abdominal area. Is it possible to develop side effects after a year on meds, or could these symptoms be due to other causes?
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HIV/AIDS NEWS & VIEWS
What's Up With the New HIV Antibody Findings?
Can you explain some things about the recent discovery of antibodies found in an HIV-positive man known as "Donor 45" that neutralize 91 percent of HIV strains? Noted HIV/AIDS experts have commented that the technique used to find this type of antibody in Donor 45 could be used for any viral disease and possibly even for cancer vaccines. Doesn't this fix-all sound a little too good to be true? When do you think this research will start to reap real benefits for people?
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OTHER HEALTH ISSUES
How Are Hepatitis A, B and C Transmitted?
How does a person contract different forms of hepatitis?
UNDERSTANDING HIV/AIDS LABS
I tested positive for HIV-1 in 2008. I've had undetectable viral loads and CD4 counts between 1,000 and 1,200 since then, and my doctor thought I was an elite controller. Recently he asked me to take a Western blot, and the results were positive for HIV-2 and negative for HIV-1. What are the differences between the two? Could my undetectable viral load results be wrong because the test was looking for HIV-1, not HIV-2?
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STRANGE BUT TRUE
Butt-Scratching + Brown-Spotted Boxers = HIV ... or TMI?
During a shower at my gym, I left my bag open. I saw somebody looking for something next to my bag, which had my boxers in it. What if the guy touched my boxers and was bleeding? I scratched my butt crack about 5-10 minutes after dressing, and later I saw a couple brown spots on my boxers that WERE NOT crap. What if those spots were HIV-positive blood and, while they were fresh, they touched my butt cheeks or butt crack? Could I be at risk for HIV?