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Diabetes and HIV/AIDS

...diabetes Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by making changes to your diet and increasing exercise Symptoms of Diabetes Symptoms of diabetes include: Extreme thirst Need to urinate frequently Unexplained weight loss Hunger Blurry vision Irritability Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet Difficulty healing Extreme fatigue Symptoms typically occur when glucose levels have gotten very high. If you are...
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HIV positive - question about life expectancy (LIFE EXPECTANCY, 2010) (PROGNOSIS, 2010)

I have just had a 5 week test result come back positive.I couldnt get answer from my doc, so wanted to ask you.How long can people with HIV live on HAART? - I know there isnt one figure- just wondering if there are ball park figures?Any info would...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...It was positive... I don't know what to do now and I don't even know if I have long left cause of how bad I had the ARS and weight loss...I want to live... I want to live a long happy life... I live in Texas, am I screwed? I'm a student in a grad... Read more »

Fast progression

I was infected with HIV on may 2005 (age 28). The cd4 count after acute infection was 460. Last year CD4 count was 650 and now dropped to 278, viral load increased from 14 000 to 100 000. I felt perfectly well. I havent had even a cold during that...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...There is a wide range of progression from initial HIV infection to AIDS (either clinical or CD4 count > 350) even after 10 years. The average without treatment was about 10 years Read more »

lymph tissue damage treatment

hello!!! You guys are wonderful, and it is so encouraging to have a website with professionals and specialists to ask questions!! I am newly diagnosed but in the chronic stage (within 6months to 1st year from acute infection) Is there any...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...breakdown (catabolism). While effective antiretroviral therapy has dramatically reduced the incidence of severe wasting, moderate weight loss is still a prominent feature of HIV disease. For example, as reported in the September 1, 2005 Journal... Read more »

losing weight

Hi doc,I have a friend who recently told me of his positive status. I had noticed him losing alot of weight and wanted to know, when does weight loss become dangerous? A percentage of body weight? Is BMI relevant for HIV positive people? He does eat...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...some medications and infections cause diarrhea. If you have diarrhea, your body actually uses less of what you eat. When you lose weight, you might be losing fat, or you might be losing lean body weight like muscle. If you lose too much lean... Read more »
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Hyperlipidemia and HIV/AIDS: High Cholesterol and Triglycerides

...ormore If your health care provider has prescribed lipid-lowering drugs, make sureto take them consistently Try to lose weight if you are overweight If you smoke, try to quit or at least cut down Taking Care of Yourself If... Read more »
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HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part III: Treatments for Metabolic Changes

...Switching is not the best choice for everyone and you should speak toyour health care provider before stopping any HIV drugs. Diet and Exercise Some people are able to control their glucose levels and decrease theirlipid levels by keeping their... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part I: Treatments for Fat Gain, nutrition andlifestyle changes resulted in decreased belly fat in HIV+ people. More researchis needed on low-carbohydrate diets, which have been shown to improve bloodsugar problems and visceral fat in HIV-negative people. Cardiovascular... Read more »
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Lactic Acidosis and HIV/AIDS

...of breath Rapid breathing Enlarged or tender liver Cold or blue hands and feet Abnormal heart beat Weight loss It's important to get in touch with your health care provider right away ifyou experience symptoms. Early... Read more »
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Newly Diagnosed, Medication Overload!

Posted by whyyyyyy, 2 Replies
...feel my heartbeat from within. I sit on my bed and think, Why me? Why must I go through this? Why must I take medication for HIV that makes me go through this?. Some nights I fall right back asleep. Others, there is no sleep. I take Atripla, the... Read more »

Its all happening too fast

Posted by mentaluproar, 1 Reply
...something new. This whole thing took about 15 minutes tops. Again, I felt like I was punched in the chest, but this time by a very fast-talking Indian man who refers to me as "my friend" at the end of each sentence, as if it helps. It's... Read more »

Weight Loss - not really intentional

Posted by dj1979, 4 Replies
...started an exercise program called toning in late May. It has helped me lose inches from my body. My question, though, is about weight loss. I have lost 35 lbs since late April, without trying at all. I eat whatever I want whenever I want,... Read more »

HIV Infections ARE RISING!

Posted by bradford, 7 Replies
...HIV Infections ARE RISING! Many people still have the belief that HIV and AIDS only affects homosexuals! However, 75% of the world Read more »