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H1N1 Flu Vaccine Interference With HIV Viral Load

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

2009 H1N1 Flu 2009 H1N1 Flu in Humans Prevention & Treatment Contamination & Cleaning Exposures Not Thought to Spread 2009 H1N1 Flu 2009 H1N1 in Pets Additional Information 2009 H1N1 Flu What is H1N1 (swine flu)? 2009 H1N1 (sometimes called "swine flu") is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from...
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HIV + received live H1N1 Flumist vaccine in error

Hi Dr. Frascino,My husband on 1/9/10 received the H1N1 live vaccine in error at the VA. We called his Infectious Disease doctor who basically said all we could do is watch and wait and indicated that if he develops severe flu like symptoms that he...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, I would not recommend revaccinating with the killed injectable H1N1 vaccine. The FluMist live vaccine is a risk for those with suppressed or deficient immune systems; however, there is no reason to believe it would not provide effective... Read more »

H1N1 vaccine

HelloThis may seem like a silly question, but why shouldn't HIV(+) individuals get the "attenuated live virus" that is available through the flu-nasal mist especially if one has already had the regular flu shot over a month ago?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Yours is not a silly question! Folks with compromised or deficient immune systems -- be they from HIV, cancer, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunosuppressive drugs, whatever -- should not take "live" virus vaccinations. A live virus... Read more »

Flu Mist-H1N1

I received the H1N1 flu mist at work on Oct 16th, and I just read that people with HIV are not supposed to get the Flu Mist, which was not in my literature when I received the Flu Mist, my CD4 is 400 and my viral load is undetectable..should I be...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,We have only very limited information on the safety of using H1N1 FluMist vaccines in HIVers. In general, we recommend immunocompromised folks (including HIVers) not take live vaccines. H1N1 FluMist contains live attenuated virus. Consequently,... Read more »

Does H1N1 vaccine interfere with HIV tests?

Back in June I had unprotected sex. I also in Sept heavily made out with a girl after a night of drinking...I know based on reading the archives no risk from kissing. On 12 Oct, I took a Home Access Express HIV test that was negative. Being the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello J Dog,This is the first year we are administering the H1N1 vaccine; consequently, we can't give a definitive answer. You are correct that the antibodies involved would be specific for the pathogen. (HIV would produce anti-HIV antibodies... Read more »
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Ups and downs of viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The flu-like symptoms I had a few weeks ago still worry me. The woman looked unhealthy, so I should have trusted my instincts. But I guess that's in the past. I had a viral load test done and it came back undetectable (this was about 2 weeks... Read more »

Viral Load

Posted by dee99gt, 4 Replies
I've been taking Atripula since about august 2010. Before they started me on the pill my viral load was 2698385. One month later its at 24483.. Jan 2011 it was at 4742.. and I just went two days ago and its at 591.. My doctor mentioned it takes... Read more »

Has anyone heard about a posible working vaccine?

Posted by stevetrip, 3 Replies
I've seen a post on SaveADAP that says theresee "Rutger's may have stopped HIV" by Gary Karch. "The drugs called DAPY's mimic the virus by changing shape which enables it to interfere with the way HIV attacks the immune system. It sounds... Read more »