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Can I Use Testim While I Am On Corticosteroids

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some time ago (like 2 years and a half) i decided to remove a wart that was in my neck, when it was removed my skin formed a queloid scar in that place...a friend that is a doctor said me that with some corticosteroids (dexamethasone) it would be...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...Local treatment of the keloid scar with corticosteroids is not a risk for your HIV management. We use corticosteroids in the setting of HIV for a wide range of appropriate conditions.Kind Read more »

Re- HIV & Corticosteroids

I did not do Western blot test because No lab for that I am in saudi Arabia . In case I am really infected what is the treatment of CD4 540 RATIO 0.69 AND VL 11000 , Incase I do not need treatment Is the corticosteroide will damage my immune system...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
No need for a DNA test. Given your CD4 count being in the normal range and a relatively low HIV viral load, you don't need HIV treatment at this point. Steroids will affect the immune system. You need to consult with someone who can manage your... Read more »

Chronic corticosteroid use and HIV Tests

I've seen you reassure many posters who have been treated intermittently with corticosteroids that the steroids will not generate a false-negative HIV test result. I also read, however, that antibody suppression might be possible in patients taking...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...25 or 30 mg will invalidate an HIV test. The immune system's ability to make specific antibodies is a highly complex process. Corticosteroids are immunosuppressants that can dampen down multiple aspects of the immune response, including specific... Read more »

corticosteroids & oral thrush

Hi docs,Can topical corticosteroids cause oral thrush?Thanks a lot for all your efforts!
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Very very rarely. KH Read more »
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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...usually continued as well, unless IRIS becomes life-threatening. To reduce the inflammation, you may be prescribed NSAIDs and/or corticosteroids. More research is currently looking at this issue. Starting HIV therapy while an active infection... Read more »
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Bone Health and HIV Disease

...remain upright for 30 minutes. Prevent and treat postmenopausal osteoporosis and osteoporosis in women and men due to using corticosteroids. Lowers the rate of spine, hip and other fractures. No studies have been done in people living with HIV.... Read more »
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How to Prevent PCP

...include having a history of lung problems or other types of pneumonia or if you take drugs that affect your immune system, such as corticosteroids or other immune suppressive therapies, such as those used in people who have undergone organ... Read more »
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Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) Fact Sheet

...treating PML. However, over time these studies failed to show any benefit and so it is no longer recommended for treating PML. Corticosteroids: There is some debate about adding corticosteroids to potent anti-HIV therapy for treating PML.... Read more »
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Uso de CORTICOSTEROIDES durante la prueba

Posted by Jc82, 2 Replies
hola amigos como estan... yo me encuentro muy mal muy preocupado.....como uds saben ..llevaba un alentador segundo elisa negativo a las 10.5 semanas dspues de un negativo a las 7.5 semanas.... pues bien hoy me he derrumbado despues de leer que el... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...WebMD states that the use of corticosteroids can alter the HIV test... My fiancee took the Home Access test approx. 17 months after sex with his ex-girlfriend, it came back Read more »

Corticosteroids- experts only please (Gman)

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...months after sex with his ex-girlfriend, it came back negative. During the month before the test, he had 3 epidural injections (corticosteroids) in his back for his bad disk. The test was taken 3 weeks after his last injection... will these... Read more »

GMAN- follow up on corticosteroid ?'s

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Thank you for replying to my questions. Dr. Bob says that taking high-dose corticosteroids can affect HIV test results, is he referring to something other than what my fiancee had (3 injections)? My fiancee tested again, Read more »