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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...keep track ofhow you are doing in the following areas: Immune System Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell test (see sheet called Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests ) HIV Illness How HIV is responding to the drugs you are taking Which drugs to use The specific characteristics of your virus Examples of lab tests:...
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Help me understand my labs a little better

Hello I have a question about lab results. Currently I am not on any medications and my T cell number has changed drastically over the last 4 months. In December my Tcell count was 965, VL 550 (blood drawn in the afternoon) and my last labs in May...
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
You don't indicate what the CD4 percentage is with these two values. Although that appears to be a significant difference between absolute CD4 counts, at that high a level, it has no clinically significant meaning. I also suspect that the percent is... Read more »

Full blown AIDs life expectancy

I understand that it turns into a matter of getting a person with HIV/AIDs in the correct mental state so they are able to cope and take their medication faithfully. Is it possible for someone with full blown AIDs to live a long life (i.e. life...
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
...Certainly 5 years and with many cases much longer if HIV meds are taken as directed and you have a good therapeutic response. Once the CD4 count is > 200, the risks of opportunistic Read more »

trying to understand

I tested postive in Feb. 2003..and I need help with my labs! My cd 4 count is 667 and my viral load is 654 What i don't understand is what is a cd4/cd8 ratio means (0.69)..what is an absolute cd 8 suppressor (mine is 966) and why did i test postive...
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
...is why it is not a good diagnostic test to begin with. Your high CD4 count and low viral load indicate your immune system is coping with and containing the viral infection very well on its own. The CD4/CD8 ratio is sometimes used as a marker of... 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
...group at GMHC with my partner that was originally just gay men. Eventually it included a lesbian couple were one woman had AIDS and one heterosexual couple where the woman had AIDS. We all learned a great deal about the dynamics of living in a... Read more »
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The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell test (see sheet called Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests ) Overall Health How your body systems are functioning If you have... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Clinical Trials

...tests and expert care for the purposeof the study You are contributing to the development of a new medication or increasingunderstanding of HIV disease Clinical Trials and HIV+ Women Historically, women were excluded from... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

... Table of Contents Gut Basics The Gut and HIV Diarrhea and HIV Coping With Diarrhea Nausea, Vomiting and Anorexia Gas, Bloating and Heartburn Taking Care of Yourself Gut Basics Read more »
The Well Project

Lactic Acidosis and HIV/AIDS

... Table of Contents Understanding Lactic Acidosis What Causes Lactic Acidosis? Symptoms of Lactic Acidosis Treatment Risk Factors Taking Care of Read more »
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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE - HIV/AIDS RESEARCH STUDY

Posted by sak51
...generalised terms. Ultimately, however, the central focus should be on the people who live HIV/AIDS every day. Through discussions and understanding with these people who have the most valuable first-hand knowledge of the disease, we can gain a... 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 Read more »

coping til neg. boyfriend needs other women

Posted by inadaze, 2 Replies
...sex with another woman. I can't put into words the deep sinking pit of loneliness and betrayal i feel. I am attempting to understand but the reality is that although he says he's sorry and that he loves me and plans to marry me, he will never... Read more »

Trying to find help so I can cope.

Posted by Atheena, 1 Reply
...me. I am White, Female, Straight, Married, have health insurance, make good money (mid class)with lots of bills. I thought HIV was HIV and who should care about sexual orientation. We are all sharing this disease together and should stand... Read more »