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Blood Work: Two Common Tests to Use for Monitoring HIV Disease

Introduction CD4 Cell Count Tests Why Do You Use CD4 Counts? CD4 Counts and When to Start Therapy What Do CD4 Counts Mean? Viral Load Tests How Often Should Viral Loads Be Tested? What Tests Are Used? Getting Viral Load Tests Viral Load and Women Interpreting Test Results Disease Progression and Therapy Commentary Introduction Two of the most common tests that you and your doctor will use to monitor your health are...
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Can combivir decrease you bodys ability to fight off infection and decrease your blood clotting ability

I had a low risk exposure to an hiv + persons blood on my index finger, my skin was intact. I was put on combivir as pep which I took for 30 days. I had a negative hiv1 pcr qualitative test 14 days after stopping the medication which my doctor said...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I agree with you that testing again at 3 months is prudent and recommended. Combivir (AZT+3TC) should not be causing the symptoms you describe, especially after a short course of the medication. Blood work can also be done to assess your... Read more »

Atripla side effects, mostly fatigue and ability to study

I have been on viramune and combivir and for about 5 years, the only regiment i have ever been on. I just completed interferon treatment for Hep C and lost alot of weight. I was very healthy before starting the interferon treatment and I responded...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting.It is very common for people to lose weight during treatment for hepatitis C infection because of the side effects of interferon and ribavirin. In addition, depression is quite common and it can sometimes start towards... Read more »

memory ability

hi am a student at varsity and that comes with to much workload like exams,assignments etc since i am HIV positive and take one regime pill and my viral load is C20,CD4 count 451 how safe is it for me to use supplements like omega 3 or IQ...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Omega 3 fatty acids (such as fish oil) are fine to take with HIV meds. For most other supplements there are less data on interactions and I would avoid. Coffee (caffeine) can help with concentration as you know and is also okay with HIV meds.DW... Read more »

IN ABILITY TO STICK TO THE PRISCRIBED ADVERANCE SCHEDULE

I must that you for answering the question of Ramadan fasting and the timing of the Medics. I have benefited a lot from it. However this question baffles me and I thought I better ask you. I work with armed forces and sometimes my job takes me away...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I will point you to the HIV forum for purely HIV related questions. I do answer questions related to viral hepatitis and HIV however. For your question, I will quickly say that I do not recommend a long hiatus from taking your HIV medications like 6... Read more »
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Bush ignores HIV prevention methods that work

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
U.S. President George Bush ignores HIV prevention methods that work!
Who is informing the president on HIV and AIDS?

Failure of the American president to recognize the need to promote condoms has not only undermined over two decades of HIV prevention... Read more »

a cure in the works?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
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Vanderbilt University, Brigham Young University, and Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals Report Novel Drug Compound Kills Multiple HIV Strains; Synthetic Small Molecule Acts Through Unique Strain-Independent Virucidal Mechanism
NASHVILLE, Tenn.... Read more »

Can you work full time with hiv/aids forever?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello, I am an hiv positive 36 year bisexual male with two divorces. I have four children from the marriage that I have very large child support payments. These ex-wives of mine do not know I have hiv. Will I be able to work full time when on... Read more »

Blood work

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does early hiv infection have any effect on a CBC? Mine was normal which I thought was good but was not sure if that meant anything. Read more »