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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

What Is AIDS, HIV and HIV Disease?

What Is HIV? What Is AIDS? What Is HIV Disease? What Is HIV? Each letter stands for the following terms: H -- Human -- because this virus can only infect human beings. I -- Immuno-deficiency -- because the effect of the virus is to create a deficiency, a failure to work properly, within the body's immune system. V -- Virus -- because this organism is a virus, which means one of its characteristics is that it is...
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New drug for Aids Wasting Disease

I would like to learn more about Serono's new drug, Serostim. How does it differfrom the growth hormones on the market now and what are it's advantages over them? Is it reimbursable? Is it readily available? What clinicals are out there?...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Somatotropin (Serostim) is recombinant human growth hormone, which was just approved by the FDA. It is generally given by subcutaneous injection at a dose of 4 to 6 mg per day for 12 weeks, depending on body weight. It is generally well-tolerated,... Read more »

Is Hodgkin's disease an AIDS-defining illness?

Dear Dr.Dezube, I am a 34 yo HIV+ wm, recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. I had been healthy up to that point, on medication with an undetectable viral load, and normal CD4. Considering my diagnosis with the cancer, do I now have...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Even with a diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease, you do NOT have AIDS. Basically the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) definition of AIDS includes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, but NOT Hodgkin's disease. Even though Hodgkin's... Read more »

Aids/Hiv Surviving the disease

I have read about people who were undoubtablly hiv/aids positive and some how there immune system manage to destroy the virus completely and they are truely hiv/aids negative with no signs or symptoms. Is this True?????...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
There is no good evidence for an individual being HIV infected and then becoming HIV negative[ uninfected];JLS.... Read more »

AIDS is not a gay disease!(BUSH SUCKS!)

Dr.Bob, I believe that man who said the AIDS is a gay disease has a loose noodle! AIDS is a biological bug and that is that.And as far as Bush being the greatest president! What a joke! Bush is appalled by abortion but had no problem sending...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Loose noodle, wet noodle, noodle-kadoodle, whatever . . . he's certainly out of touch with the realities of the pandemic. Bush is out of touch with reality in general. A "uniter, not a divider?" Please!Stay well!Dr. Bob... Read more »