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Common Nutritional Problems Of Hiv

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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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Are vision problems a common side effect?

Hello,My husband is HIV+ for over nine years now, and he has been experiencing vision problems since 2003. He was hospitalized in 2003 with a "stroke-like episode" and has been suspicious of HIV drugs since then. He even tried to...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
None of these drugs have been implicated as a direct cause of visual loss. Stopping HIV meds can lead to increased acute risk for a variety of AIDS and non-AIDS medical problems (including acute HIV syndrome, heart disease, liver, kidney disease) so... Read more »

pre-diagnosis nutrition

Dr. Bob,If I'm currently in the "window period" for possible HIV infection, would restructuring my diet and beginning on a multivitamin as a precaution be a good idea? Which type of multivitamin would you suggest? What other methods...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Window period or no window period. HIV or no HIV. A good healthy diet promotes good health! It really is just that simple. (See below.)As for which type of multivitamins you should use, I'd suggest an inexpensive one! Compare labels and get... Read more »

Is there a period of time where I will be feeling really fatigue and then really hungry with my medication? (NUTRITION)

Doctor Bob,I've been taking Atripla for 3 months now. I still haven't had a drug resistant test due to waiting on my insurance to retroactive back since the state is helping me pay for it. My question is, I sometimes feel really fatigue...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Without knowing much more about your particular situation, it is difficult to provide you with very specific answers. Certainly what you are experiencing is not normal and warrants a thorough evaluation. It may or may not be related to your HIV... Read more »

fatigue (NUTRITION)

How much of a role can diet play in preventing fatigue or counter-acting the side effects of meds? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Many folks, poz as well as neggies, fail to eat properly. This is often associated with inadequate rest and/or exercise as well. In our crisis-crowded world, with its long "to do" lists, getting adequate amounts of rest, sleep and... Read more »
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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.

COMPLICATIONS OF HIV/HAART

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folliculitis common for HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have developed severe folliculitis on my inner legs, and in my pubic hair. Is this worrisome for HIV? Can dry skin cause it? Read more »

Let's Talk Nutrition and Exercise!

Posted by bartleby, 6 Replies
Staying healthy with HIV doesn't have to be hard. What do you do to keep fit? What do you eat? Got any good recipes? Share with others! Read more »

Pre-med vitamins and nutritional supplements

Posted by DC23, 5 Replies
Hello,
I'm newly positive, and I don't yet require any meds. (My viral load is low, and my T-cells are high.) I was wondering if anyone had any advice on preventative measures to take now that I'm early in my HIV infection. Does anyone recommend... Read more »