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Ask Questions On When To Test While On Medications

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AIDS InfoNet

Medical Appointments

...long have they been going on? How serious are they? Don't ignore feeling tired, not sleeping well, trouble concentrating, stomach problems or emotional issues like anxiety. New or increasing side effects or reactions to your medications. Again, for how long? How serious are they? Medication compliance: How well you've been taking your medications. Have you missed doses? If so, why? Fact Sheet 405 has helpful information. Supplements...
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Nervous medical student with a few questions!!!

Hi Dr. Bob,Just want to start off by saying that you are the best doctor around, and your forum is amazing and such a help to so many people!!! I am a medical student, and I have some questions regarding HIV. I find that since I have started my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Nervous Medical Student,Thanks for your kind comments.Situation one: I would agree with the occupational health assessment. If you are worried, you can follow the protocol for occupational-exposure testing (immediate, three months, six months).... Read more »

Acute HIV, Diahrre & Medication; Medical reasons for early testing?; Acute HIV treatment??

Dear Dr Bob,first of all let me thank you SO MUCH for running this fantastic site, and for providing such a positive inspiration for coping with HIV.Now several questions (please answer, altho by comparison with some of the qus asked here, these are...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Nick,Thanks for your kind comments.Proceeding directly to your specific questions:1.Even though I have no idea what "possibly lesious" means, I would absolutely agree your HIV risk is negligible to nonexistent.2.Whether it's "advidable" to... Read more »

Employment medical Exam

May I ask what kind of medical examination do company conduct to overseas workers particularly from the middle east regarding hepatitis-B?Is it a compelete test or only surface antigen test. How can we get a negative result during the medical exam....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
There are no uniform policies on how employees are screened so I am afraid I cannot help you with your question. Read more »

HIV Question on Pre-Employment Medical Questionnaire

Hi there ! I was recently given a " verbal" offer for part-time employment ( no insurance benefits) at a local hospital in Georgia. Subsequently, I was informed I would be required to undergo a medical exam, before an official offer would be made....
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Hmmm. Not actually a legal question, my friend. I encourage you to leave it blank and take with you a note from your doc indicating that you do not have any condition which would put any patient at risk from contact with you in a face-to-face... Read more »

Starting Anti-HIV Medications

...immune system. Drug resistance: HIV can mutate (change form). The altered HIV can multiply even in the presence of anti-HIV medications that would normally kill the virus. One or more drugs in a treatment regimen may become ineffective as a... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Combination Medications

... What Are Combination Medications? What Are PK Boosters? Combinations of Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors ("Nukes") Combinations of a Non-Nucleoside Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About When to Start Medication From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

Starting Early | Treatment Guidelines | Signs You Might Need to Start Meds | Pregnancy and Starting Treatment | Resistance Starting Early I keep reading that the new drugs have few side effects. If I am going to be on treatment for... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Making the Most of Your Medical Visits

...afraid it might be cancer." Dr. Lamb says, "OK, we'll come back to that in a minute," but he gets involved talking about Mary's medications and forgets. Halfway through the visit, when there are no signs of returning to the topic, Bo cuts in:... Read more »
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Excess Medication

Posted by hott4fun, 1 Reply
I have excess medication such as Lexiva, Epzicom, Metformin, Lipitor, and Tricor. I wonder what I can do with it? Sell it? Give it away? or Throw it away. Its all unopened bottles. Please help! Send me IM. Read more »

Feeling Helpless in the Medical Community

Posted by everopen, 5 Replies
...I'm really having a problem with a situation that I'm having great difficulty letting go of. I currently take three different medications to treat my mental health issues as well as talking with a therapist weekly. All in all, things are going... Read more »

One month on medication---first test results

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
Hi everyone, I've been on the sustiva/truvada combo for one month. My t-cells went from 248 to 354 and my viral load went from 39,000 to 83. My doctor says this is good. I guess I just want to hear from others with more treatment experience what... Read more »