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AIDS Diagnosis After Being Newly HIV Positive

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Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

For most people, the hardest part of adjusting to life with HIV isn't the physical issues -- it's the emotional ones. HIV treatment has changed so drastically in recent years that the medical side of HIV has become much easier to tackle in most parts of the world. Newer HIV meds have increasingly few side effects, people on HIV treatment may live just as long as their HIV-negative counterparts , and many people need only take medications once or...
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Newly HIV-Positive: What do I prepare for?

I am newly diagnosed with the HIV virus; I haven't even gotten my viral loads back yet. But I am scared to death can you explain to me about what I have coming toward me or refer me to someone who can....
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
The first thing is to get your CD4 count and viral load. That determines the course of treatment for HIV and whether you are at risk for other infectious complications of HIV infection. Your doctors will look at these numbers and then decide whether... Read more »

family medical leave act and newly HIV positive

Hi- I recently converted to HIV positive and a lengthy and difficult seroconversion illness of 3 months. My question is, is it possible to make use of the familiy and medical leave act to get stabalized ih therapy (coping with the shock) and...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Excellent question. Yes, it is appropriate to use FMLA leave to adjust to antiviral treatment. Please remember that, unlike reasonable accommodation under the ADA, FMLA leave does require you to complete a form that includes the diagnosis. Please... Read more »

Night Sweats, and newly HIV Diagnosis

I have recently tested HIVpositive, I was in the servoconversion phase when it was detected. It has been a month since. I am having night sweats every night. I have to change my sleep clothes, and wash my bedding every couple of days. I'm...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I've been "virally enhanced" since January 1991. I do understand how overwhelming it can be to hear the unwelcome news you have become HIV positive. A period of adjustment to your new reality is normal and to be expected. I... Read more »

pls help my newly diagnosed hiv positive friend

hi dr bobgood morninghow's your health.my friend recently found out his hiv positve status during a bood donation camp.he's finding it hard to cope with the new reality.but the worst part is that he is getting fooled by a doctor who claims...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Ricky,Sorry to hear your friend is being duped by an unscrupulous charlatan! I remain convinced there is a special place in hell reserved for these despicable phonies who purposefully take advantage of those who are ill, desperate, vulnerable... Read more »
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Newly Positive & Waiting Before Going on Meds....?

Posted by Buzz1, 3 Replies
I was diagnosed as HIV positive just under three weeks ago. I must have been exposed within the last three months or so since I was seroconverting in mid-July to mid-August with the usual rash, fevers, fatigue, etc. In mid July I was still testing... Read more »

23 and newly positive

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello everyone,
I'm 23 and was just diagnosed HIV+ a couple weeks ago. My last test was in November, and I tested negative then, so I've been infected within the past year. I'm going in Friday for all my preliminary CD4 and viral load tests. Based... Read more »

Newly diagnosed Positive

Posted by Gizmo, 8 Replies
I was diagnosed HIV positive in May 2011. From what me and my doctor can conclude, I became infected in February 2011. My CD4 count was 760 and my viral load was 400 which is good. The last three months have really been a struggle. I started... Read more »

Newly diagnosed positive. Reaching out.

Posted by ItsMeBen, 3 Replies
Hey everyone

Diagnosed three weeks ago. Just yesterday I got my blood work results.

CD4 (T Cell) Count: 375
Viral Load: 52,000

Can't start meds til my ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) insurance kicks in (it's a program offered in NY state to... Read more »