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Clinical Decision Support System And HIV

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Making Decisions About Therapies

This type of decision-making process can be applied to any kind of therapy approach, be it pharmaceutical drugs, complementary therapy or alternative systems of healing. Participating as a full partner in your treatment decisions offers many benefits, but it also takes effort on your part. The likelihood of benefiting from therapy increases and the likelihood of experiencing serious side effects from therapy decreases when you're involved in...
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Decisions, decisions....

Dr. Young,First, thank you for taking the time to consider my situation. I had an indeterminate test result on October 30th. I followed that with a viral load test and learned that my VL is 4,070 and my CD4 count is around 511. I have tested...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your questions.I agree that it would appear that you are in that seroconversion period. This situation is relatively unique wiht regard to HIV treatments; recommendations about starting treatment here are different that during... Read more »

No support system and Losing IT!!!!!

I have been HIV positive now for fifteen years. I have lived in big cities until moving back to Kentucky. Now I find myself "home" with no support. I have been here two years and it is not getting any better. I am retired, have no...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I imagine moving from California back to Kentucky, being HIV positive, is indeed quite a culture shock. Building a support network without close friends and family nearby can indeed be a challenge in locations where HIV/AIDS ignorance and... Read more »

Decisions, decisions....

Dr. Cohen,First, thank you for taking the time to consider my situation. I had an indeterminate test result on October 30th. I followed that with a viral load test and learned that my VL is 4,070 and my CD4 count is around 511. I have tested...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
Sure thing.First off - let's address your concern that starting treatment may cause irreparable damage and jeopardize anything down the line. These meds have their issues - and there are side effects which can and do happen no doubt. But in... Read more »

Clinical Trial to boost immune system

A dear friend of mine is going to be starting a clinical trial to boost his immune system. The trial involves giving him either a therapeutic injection or a placebo. He will remain on his medication during the trial. Do you have further...
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
There are many HIV trials ongoing in the US. I am not familiar with the trial you describe.... Read more »
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Decisions, decisions....

Posted by Blixer, 4 Replies
Hello everyone! I've kind of been out of the loop and out of sorts the past couple of weeks with my meds issues. And now I've got decisions to make. Up to this point I had researched everything out and I knew what I wanted to do in terms of meds.... Read more »

HIV Tracking System

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
Did anyone know this was going on? How is our privacy guaranteed?

HIV Tracking System May Be Scrapped

California uses codes instead of names to protect patient privacy, but even some former supporters say coding is too cumbersome.

By Charles... Read more »

The Decision Has Been Made--Partly

Posted by Blixer, 8 Replies
I just got back from a three hour trek at the clinic. This was week 4 of the study so lots of stuff to be done. After that I met with my doctor. I'm still having leg pains although not as bad as before and I've still got the rash. The blood work... Read more »

HIV Support Ethnography - Talk with me about your process of seeking support!

Posted by SophiaRois, 2 Replies
My name is Sophia and I am a college student who is personally and academically interested in issues of HIV/AIDS and sexual health. I am currently in an Anthropological Research Methods course that asks us to conduct an ethnography, a project that... Read more »