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Newly diagnosed and gaining weight

34 male newly diagnosed 2.8.00 hospitalized intensive care with PCP for 8 days (4 days put into coma and mechanical ventilator inserted) when they awoke me I was told I had hiv, cd4 104 and vl 62000. started meds 2.22.00 sustiva, zerit, videx. vl...
Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California Berkeley & San Francisco
Great summary of your medical and personal situation! There are a lot of things to think about, from what you brought up.First, what kind of weight do you want to have on your body, and what kind of weight will help or harm your health? Having extra... Read more »

losing weight

Hi doc,I have a friend who recently told me of his positive status. I had noticed him losing alot... Read more »

Losing weight without gaining muscle weight

I want to lose weight on my inner thighs, and many people have showed me exercises to do , but i... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Response to Newly Prescribed Lipid-Lowering Therapy in Patients With and Without HIV Infection

"Antiretroviral agents, particularly protease inhibitors (PIs), may adversely affect lipid levels in patients with HIV infection. However, it is not known whether HIV-associated dyslipidemia is more difficult to treat," the researchers explained.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Number of Named Partners and Number of Partners Newly Diagnosed With HIV Infection Identified by Persons With Acute Versus Established HIV Infection

Acute HIV infections are linked to a disproportionate share of forward transmission in certain populations, note the current study's authors. They hypothesized that patients acutely infected might be able to identify more named partners than those... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV and Viral Hepatitis

Fast Facts People with HIV infection are disproportionally affected by viral hepatitis. About 80% of people with HIV who inject drugs also have hepatitis C virus (HCV). HIV coinfection more than triples the risk for liver disease, liver... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Among Women

Fast Facts One in four people living with HIV infection in the United States are women. Most new HIV infections in women are from heterosexual contact (84%). Only about half of women who are diagnosed with HIV are in care, and even fewer (4 in... Read more »
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Losing Hope Fast

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
After having sex with a girl (The condom slipped off) I contracted something about a week later. I had to pee every other minute, aches, sore throat, swollen tonsil, dark-colored spot on the head of my penis, etc. I went to the doctor, who gave me... Read more »

newly infected could possibly have aids

Posted by johnjsteinbeck, 1 Reply
i was recently infected but belive i am an extremely fast progressor. after sero my immune system was basically nil. and it has slowly gotten better.

However i now have early symptomatic signs of hiv. I have recurrent bouts of angular cheiltis,... Read more »

Newly Diagnosed, Medication Overload!

Posted by whyyyyyy, 2 Replies
Sleeping away on a mid-summers night alone in my bedroom with the window opened up halfway, I lay there in a dream state. Dreaming of a life other than my own I explore this other world with such vividness it's almost like I've gone into realm of my... Read more »

Newly diagnosed HIV+ BF and me Negative

Posted by Obvious1, 6 Replies
In January My boyfriend of 4 yrs, and father of our daughter whom is 2, was diagnosed HIV+. A little history. In March of 09, he was diagnosed with Hep B. 3 months prior to that he had a tattoo cover up from a friend in his home. The Drs. feel he... Read more »