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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

Overview Cause Transmission Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Complications Overview Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, one of every five teenagers and adults is infected with genital herpes. Women are more commonly infected than men and it is estimated that one of every four women has herpes. Although at least 45 million...
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Coping with being HIV+

Dear Dr. Horwath,I am a 40 year old HIV+ gay man living in Vienna (Austria). I have been diagnosted HIV+ in Dec. 2001. My VL has been undetectable and my CD4 count is always between 1150 and 1350. I have started treatment (sustiva and...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
You have had a very good response to anti-retroviral treatment. With an undetectable viral load and CD4 count of 1150-1350, your prognosis is quite good. We don't have a reliable way to predict life expectancy.You should be able to enjoy sex... Read more »

RE HIV negative woman with positive man - how do I cope?

Dear Dr. Shernoff:I am the person who wrote that memo last week. Thank you for your kind reply - it really meant a lot to me. I have spoken to my partner about my feelings and, although I had spoken to him about this before, your words gave me the...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I am very glad to hear that your partner was open to talking with you about this very important issue. I would urge you to talk to the leaders of the couples group in your city. Even though they are currently composed of just gay men there is no... Read more »

HIV negative woman with positive man - how do I cope?

Dear Dr. Shernoff:I don't know how to make this concise - everything seems so complicated right now that it's hard to put it all into a sentence or two. I am a woman who has been involved for over a year with an HIV+ man. Because he had...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I hear your pain and isolation loud and clear. All of your feelings, fears and concerns are perfectly normal, and it is an enormous burden for you not to be able to openly discuss these crucial issues with your partner. Dr. Robert Remien, at the... Read more »

How to cope with partner's anger/suicide threats?

thanks again for this service. you folks are awesome! I'm living with my parter of 15+ years who has aids. he was just diagnosed with aids 9 months ago, has moderate dementia, and has had a mild stroke in the past year; we didn't even know...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
You are obviously in the midst of a terrible situation for a variety of reasons. I wonder if he wasn't controlling and manipulative even prior to this illness? HIV related neuro-psychiatric involvement does at times cause a person's... Read more »
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Semantics and how we understand HIV transmission

Posted by matthewAZ, 1 Reply
I am curious about the semantics in place in our language today that guide our understanding and thinking about HIV+ people. Below I am presenting examples to elaborate on this thought.

I posted an earlier message about how I came to actualizing... Read more »

Coping Class 401-B

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi Eric it's me the father who's son has HIV. Check out this timeline friend

Jan2004 Mom dx with breast cancer, radiation

Jun 2004 Dad diagnosed with prostate cancer,radiation

January 2005, wife diagnosed with 3 inch breast tumor, mastectomy, chemo,... Read more »

Just found out and coping

Posted by smsudude, 6 Replies
So I just found out last Tuesday that I tested positive for HIV, after having to wait an additional two weeks for the results from my second test (first test was ELISA pos, Western Blot neg). I'm pretty sure it was a New Year's gift because I got... Read more »

IT'S HARD COPING

Posted by worried09, 2 Replies
Well i'm infected but undetectable all through I take my meds i'm still having a hard time coping with this,i don't know if I wake up tomorrow will i be sick or will i get sick.I am learning to take it day by day but it is still hard.I am married... Read more »