The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Feeling Better After One Week On HIV Meds

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Connect With Others

Questions: Smell and taste..can just a week of meds make one feel better?

Posted by mom2w, 2 Replies

I am new. I just posted today July, 23, 2013 in the "My Loved One has HIV/AIDS.

I'll note again, my son, called W, is aware I have joined this group and will be will be joining. In the meantime, he asked me to contact you with some questions. His... Read more »

Do you feel better or worse with meds?

Posted by nnhood, 3 Replies
I actually have not been diagnosed with HIV yet, but have been trying to find a diagnosis actually.

I did have a CD4 done and it was at 701, which is down from 1000 in 2003-2004 six years ago.

I feel fine really other than I have achey legs all the... Read more »

One week on the meds...

Posted by Blixer, 3 Replies
Unfortunately I find myself a bit hesitant to post anymore because of some of the comments that get made. I have always looked at this site as a place to provide a bright and supporting spot in life for those of us going through this tragedy of... Read more »

feeling insecure, scared and terrified of meds

Posted by movingon, 3 Replies
Its been 4 weeks since i got the worst phone call of my life, and i have had 2 weeks of knowing what my initial CD4 and v/l is, 284 and 98,000. How come i still feel strong ? i haven't even had a cold. I hit the gym EVERY day and have been eating... Read more »

make all you worriers feel better

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello everyone. Please read my story.

I was a pretty normal 18 year old until October of '99. I put my penis in a girl for about 3-4 seconds in a pool one night. After that night my life changed forever... I am the kind of person to worry "A LOT." I... Read more »
Ask the Experts

1 Week Without One Med - Worried

Hi Doctors, I had had excellent response to HAART therapy over the last 10 years. My original regimen has remained durable all these years - except that my neuropathy has warranted to removal of Videx as one component. I was advised to stop my Videx...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello WW and thanks for posting.Overall, it'd be better to continue taking at least 2, and preferably 3 fully active HIV medications, so a substitution rather than a partial treatment interruption would be better.The answer to your question... Read more »

Just on meds and feeling better

I just found out I have AIDS. I have been on my meds for 30 days and I feel like a different person. My c4 counts are at 34. I have started to gain weight. My main concern is that I still have night sweats while I am sleeping. Can I feel this good...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Thanks for writing. I am glad you are experiencing such relief from feeling weak and sick. HIV meds are powerful and can create all sorts of side-effects, many of which are unpleasant. My experience is that people have ups and downs on... Read more »

feeling odd, not getting any better:(

hello , ive been feeling weak, fatigue, dizzy, headaches, leg pain joints etc.for almost four weeks and its not getting any better. ive been to the doctor almost three times and ive been told blood work looks good ive been on meds since 2010 and my...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Sounds like you need a thorough clinical and mental health assessment. You dont mention which HIV meds (or other meds) you are taking and what other health problems you have (ie blood pressure, diabetes, smoking)--those are relevant to put your... Read more »


Of all of the inquiries posted in this forum over the years, this one may well take the cake. But since, at this point, I really don't know where else to turn for help, please hear me out:Back in the spring of 1996, I engaged in prolonged,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Your problem is psychological (psychiatric), not virological! HIV is not your problem; fear of HIV is.Responding to your specific questions:1. If you had untreated HIV disease, the chances you would be completely asymptomatic and have totally... Read more »
The Center for AIDS

Good Antidepressant Pill-Taking Linked to Better Antiretroviral Pill-Taking

In a study of U.S. veterans with HIV infection and depression, people who took antidepressant drugs according to schedule (good adherence) also took their antiretrovirals according to schedule most of the time. 1 This finding is important because... Read more »
The Center for AIDS

Tighter Screening and Follow-Up: Keys to Better Syphilis Care With HIV

Khalil G. Ghanem, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Director, STD/HIV/TB Clinical Services, Baltimore City Health Department Dr. Ghanem is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of... Read more »
Black AIDS Institute

When You Know Better, You Do Better, Part 2

Last week we started a conversation in response to an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show with Bridget Gordon, an HIV positive woman who was infected by her DL husband, and J.L. King, author of "On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of... Read more »

An Unexpected Twist After Taking My First HIV Meds

My first pill was accompanied by a whirlwind of emotions: anger, depression, frustration, happiness, denial and sadness. I was diagnosed in April 2014, so I found out fairly recently, but the months that followed took me on a ride that no amount of... Read more »