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Are Hiv And Hepatitis Common Diseases Among Drug Addicts

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Blood Work: Two Common Tests to Use for Monitoring HIV Disease

Introduction CD4 Cell Count Tests Why Do You Use CD4 Counts? CD4 Counts and When to Start Therapy What Do CD4 Counts Mean? Viral Load Tests How Often Should Viral Loads Be Tested? What Tests Are Used? Getting Viral Load Tests Viral Load and Women Interpreting Test Results Disease Progression and Therapy Commentary Introduction Two of the most common tests that you and your doctor will use to monitor your health are...
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Risk of infection after sex with herion addict The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

For about two months (April-May) of 1996, I had a relationship with a man who was a herion addict (he had been using for about five years). One night we 'fooled around' unprotected. Being a virgin at the time, I stopped him before he fully...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.It's very difficult to precisely determine how much risk you were at. Ifthis guy did not ejaculate inside of you, your risk was greatly reduced. Theless infectious body fluids you were exposed to, the less... Read more »

Speed Addiction & HIV

I have been poz for two years. Not on treatment. Extremely well, under care of HIV/AIDS Specialist.Over the past year I have become addicted to Speed and inject 2-3 times a day. What will this do to the HIV?...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Remember the old saying from the first speed epidemic in the 70's "speed kills". Coming up in New York in those days, we saw what they meant. There are a lot of reasons that you are likely to get in trouble with a speed habit,... Read more »

Chemical addictions and their effect on someone with HIV

I've been HIV+ for five years. In the past two years I've developed an addiction to poppers (inhalable nitrites) and use them heavily four to five times a week. It is something I'm struggling to get away from, but that is proving to...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Inhaled nitrites (poppers) are potent vasodilatory substances, which means that they cause blood vessels to dilate. After they are inhaled, vasodilatation can cause drops in blood pressure accompanied by rapid heart rate, lightheadedness, and... Read more »


Hey Dr. Frascino,First off, thanks for everything you do. Your hard work and dedication to all of us who need answers doesnt go unnoticed. You are a great person.I have a couple of questions.What is your oppinion on hepatitis c as an STD. Ive heard...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,1.I've discussed the sexual transmission of hepatitis C many times in this forum. Check the archives! As an example, I'll reprint below some information form the archives pertaining to this topic. 2.If someone is infected with several... Read more »
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HIV Positive boyfriend who is a drug addict...

Posted by Carrie, 6 Replies
Hello. First off I want to say I'm glad there is a bulletin board for these subjects and appriciate everyone who posts and comments.

My name is Carrie and I am 27 years old. My boyfriend, Phillip, who is HIV positive and is almost 34 years old was... Read more »

Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV+

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
Yet more reason to be cautious about use of HAART and to work on liver health by not drinking alcohol, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.


Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV-Infected Patients After... Read more »

Common questions/concerns about HIV/AIDS please read

Posted by kbuddy77, 1 Reply

Questions and Answers about HIV
1. What is HIV? What is AIDS?
2. Who can get HIV?
3. What are the ways in which HIV can be spread from one person to another?
4. Can I get HIV from oral sex?
5. How long does HIV live outside the body?
6. Can having another... Read more »

Infectious or Intoxication Diseases?

Posted by Anonymous
AIDS, Hepatitis C, BSE:
Infectious or Intoxication Diseases?

Claus Khnlein, Germany

English translation and English edit by Jrgen Faas, Kathy McMahon and Fintan Dunne. With kind permission by the
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