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HIV Viral Load Testing

As a person with HIV, having your viral load tested will likely be an importantpart of your plan to stay healthy. You will have the test done regularly,and it will be one of several factorsyou and your doctor will look at whendeciding how to manage your infection. This brochure introduces you tothe viral load test and answers basicquestions about how it fits into yourtreatment plan. What is the viral load test? A viral load test measures...
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Cognitive Problems / Short Term Memory / Executive Functioning

I completed neuropsych testing in jan 2001 and unexpectedly found problems in short term memory, executive functioning and a decrease in intellectual capability. My last negative test was Jul 99. Highest viral load was 225K (Jun 00) and tcells have...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I do not know the statistics of how frequently neuropsychiatric symptoms occur in early infection. I am aware from my work that it does sometimes happen. I am not a medical doctor so I unable to respond to your question about the meds. You need... Read more »

Cognitive functioning

I am a 59 year old woman who has been positive for 8 years. My viral load is undetectable and my CD4 fluctuates anywhere between 200 - 500. I am noticing that I have a very hard time concentrating, remembering names, or details about what I say to...
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. Although antiretroviral therapies have greatly reduced the severity of cognitive problems with HIV, such issues still remain (often in milder form) in as many as 30-40% of HIV positive persons. You mention that although your... Read more »

Atripla and cognitive functioning

Recently (September 27, 2012) Johns Hopkins released a statement regarding a study that indicates "...the commonly prescribed anti-retroviral drug efavirenz attacks brain cells" suggesting that Atripla and other medications containing...
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. These announcements are very recent and I know of no further information regarding these studies (I will be following this and post accordingly). As you note, a byproduct formed during the breakdown of efavirenz (Sustiva) was... Read more »

HIV Cognitive-Motor Disorder and Dementia

I tested + in 1992. I have been on several drug regimes and overall they have been successful with regard to HIV suppression. Over the years I have noticed problems with memory and concentration. I am taking Risperdal 0.5 mg to see if this will...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
HIV infection can cause impairment of cognitive and motor functions, and emotional changes. Cognitive problems may include slowed thinking, memory impairment, decreased attention and concentration. Motor problems may include hand tremor, slowed... Read more »
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Loss of cognitive function

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
Friends, I believe I am losing my ability to think.

As I have posted here, my liver is going haywire due in large part to the meds I take. Reyetaz is causing my bilirubin levels to rise, causing my eyes to take on a yellowish cast and my skin to... Read more »

I never thought life could change so quickly

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Suddenly all my life plans have changed. I'm a heterosexual male who met the wrong woman at the wrong time. I keep playing over the past in my mind, and if I focus hard enough, then for a split second, I feel like I can almost change the past. Then... Read more »

Navy's changes on deployment

Posted by Anonymous
New info is out on now being able to be deployed on a waiver from your Dr. Also, network with other military members to fight HIV discrimination in the military. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/balboa2west

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HIV POZ Cruise Update

Posted by unite4life
Hello again guys & gals.... I writing to update everyone that I changed the cruise plans to October 26, 2008 the rates are much cheaper and I have a new website. I got a great response from my post previous to this one. I want to thank you for... Read more »