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Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

For most people, the hardest part of adjusting to life with HIV isn't the physical issues -- it's the emotional ones. HIV treatment has changed so drastically in recent years that the medical side of HIV has become much easier to tackle in most parts of the world. Newer HIV meds have increasingly few side effects, people on HIV treatment may live just as long as their HIV-negative counterparts , and many people need only take medications once or...
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AIDS diagnosis (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION)

I've also beat the NHL for now too. Is this a good/normal response rate on the CD4 side? Am I still considered to have an AIDS diagnosis? Does one ever go from AIDS to HIV? How high can I expect my CD4 to go? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Congratulations on your improved health status. Regarding the AIDS diagnosis, that remains even if your CD4 count rises above the 200 mark. (See below.) As far as how much immune reconstitution (rise in...counted for epidemiological purposes.... Read more »

Does 13% CD4 (< 14%) give me an AIDS diagnosis? (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2009)

indicator. My CD4 count is 243 and at 13% and my viral load at 4,560? I have seen two different doctors - one says I have an AIDS diagnosis (based on the CD4%); the other says I don't (based on the CD4 >200). Which is it? Does it matter?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
positive" was not a reportable condition until recently; however, AIDS has been for quite some time. (See below.) Once an AIDS diagnosis is made the diagnosis is not reversible even if your counts improve on combination antiretroviral therapy.... Read more »

AIDS vs HIV (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2008)

Dr Bob,First I would like to thank you for all the wonderful work you have done for HIV/AIDS. I enjoy your wit also. My question might soundstupid to you but I don't know if I stillshould be labeled as having "AIDS" or not. I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
ago to help us count cases. (See below.) The definition, as it now stands, is not reversible. Once someone qualifies for an AIDS diagnosis by acquiring an opportunistic infection (such as PCP) or by having their CD4 count fall to 200, the AIDS... Read more »

Defining AIDS (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION, 2010)

If a persons cell count bounces back up above 200, or they beat an opportunistic infection, they are still considered to have AIDS. Why is that? I found out that I had HIV 17 years ago when I became extremely ill with flu-like symptoms but I also...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
AIDS," because there is no such thing as "partially blown AIDS."Hope that helps.Dr. BobAIDS vs HIV (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2008) Oct 7, 2008Dr Bob, First I would like to thank you for all the wonderful work you have done... Read more »
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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 &gt;650,000, thrush, wasting, all that bad... Read more »

HELP !! CD4 170 AIDS DIAGNOSIS-- IS THIS THE END?

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I have been positive and healthy on no meds for the last 8 years. Now my cd4 count which was about 600 is down to 170 and my once undetectable viral load is now detectable. What's the average timeframe a person survives after an AIDS diagnosis ? I... Read more »

Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

Posted by Hneedlove, 1 Reply
My advice to someone who just found out that they're positive would be to tell them, don't feel like it's your fault that you made a mistake, and it's your fault and that life is over.

Life is not over. Seek support wherever you can get it, from... Read more »

Recent AID's Diagnosis: What should I expect?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I am a hetereosexual, non-drug user who has been living with HIV for 13 years. I was just officially Diagnosed with AIDS because of my percentages (11%). My CD4's are 262 and Viral 1801. I didn't realize how uneducated I was on AID's until now. ... Read more »