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HIV Diagnosis

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Recent HIV Diagnosis

I was diagnosed last Wednesday with a rapid HIV test. I had lab work drawn that day and got the lab results today My CD4 count is 554 and viral load is 1740 What do these numbers all mean? When and should I start medications?
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
There is no urgency to start HIV meds. Your CD4 count is in the normal range for people without HIV infection (500-1500) and your HIV viral load level is very low (range < 50 to over 1 million). So your immune system is in very good shape at this... Read more »

Response to "son with new HIV diagnosis

I just lost my 30 year old daughter to HIV related illnesses in February. She too never wanted to... Read more »

Life Insurance after HIV Diagnosis

I purchased a Life insurance policy in November of 2004 and found out about my HIV infection in... Read more »

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy at the 2010 National Summit on HIV Diagnosis, Prevention, and Access to Care

...Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . The closing panel of the 2010 National Summit on HIV Diagnosis, Prevention, and Access to Care provided an in-depth discussion of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"It Took a Piece of Me:" Initial Responses to a Positive HIV Diagnosis by Caribbean People in the UK

...respond to the news that they are HIV-positive, and none have focused on Caribbean people, the study authors explained. To examine HIV diagnosis experiences and their immediate aftermath, the researchers performed semi-structured interviews of 25... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration, Standard and Gendered STI/HIV Risk Behavior, and STI/HIV Diagnosis Among a Clinic-Based Sample of Men

...condom practices, sexual infidelity, transactional sex with a female partner) forms of sexual risk behavior and self-reported STI/HIV diagnosis using data from a cross-sectional survey of men (n=1,585) ages 18-35 from three urban community-based... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New York City's Refusal to Use Viral Load Testing for HIV Diagnosis Will Not Prevent Infections, Opinion Piece Says

...load, is highest -- most health care providers and the New York City government do not use or promote viral load testing for HIV diagnosis, Paul Galatowitsch, a health care consultant; Antonio Urbina, director of clinical HIV/AIDS education at ... Read more »
Connect With Others

Hiv-diagnosis about two months ago

Posted by Noa, 7 Replies
Hi, I am a 23-year old girl from Belgium, and trying to get in touch with other girls/women of more or less the same age as me, or who got infected at the same age. I'm infected since june last year, but got the diagnosis at the beginning of this... Read more »

How do you cope with a HIV+ diagnosis.

Posted by sunkyst, 5 Replies
I am really out of my mind with worry. I am a 34 year old gay man and I had sex back on Feb 11 with a guy I met online. I was the passive partner and this guy topped me. I think the condom may have broken during intercourse and the guy may have... Read more »

my HIV diagnosis was no shock to me

Posted by Anonymous
...My HIV diagnosis was no shock to me. I lost a former boyfriend in 1987, and later in life, had another boyfriend who concealed Read more »

On the rise 3.5 years post HIV/AIDS diagnosis

Posted by PositiveInPVD, 5 Replies
Well, just some words of encouragement for anyone who is particularly new to this whole thing. After diagnosis in Dec 2002 when I was in very bad shape by the time we found out it was HIV (CD4 = 50, VL >650,000, thrush, wasting, all that bad... Read more »