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Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

For most people, the hardest part of adjusting to life with HIV isn't the physical issues -- it's the emotional ones. HIV treatment has changed so drastically in recent years that the medical side of HIV has become much easier to tackle in most parts of the world. Newer HIV meds have increasingly few side effects, people on HIV treatment may live just as long as their HIV-negative counterparts , and many people need only take medications once or...
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Recent HIV Infection

Infection date 12/3/02, became very ill 12/25/02 for 34 days(fever, chills,12 weight loss, rash). Blood test 2/13/03 T-cell 586, viral load 120,000. Second blood test 3/4/03 T-cell 546, viral load 95,000. Have started drug regimen. Is there a...
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
WE may not know what your set point is, since you started treatment relatively early in the infection. Usually it takes about 6 months or so to stablize you immune system and viral replication equilibrium. There were some very early studies (almost... Read more »

High viral count after recent hiv infection

Hi,I was diagnosed with HIV at the end of march 2006, knowing that my 3 month earlier hiv test came back negative.I assume it's safe to say i was infected somewhere in february/march 2006.I had a viral/cd4 count done begining of april 2006,...
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 is no such thing as a "normal viral load". Every person has their own set point, which usually is defined around 3-6 months after acute infection. Thus, it is possible your viral load may decline to some lower level or stay at this... Read more »

Is there a viral load range to determine how recent a person was infected with HIV ie, 1 month exposure > 12 months or more?

My husband was dignosted with HIV February of this year. We both went to the doctor this month for testing. His viral load is 658 and his CD4 count is 940. Does this mean that this is a recent infection? Can his body be controlling the infection and...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and so sorry to hear about your husband.Unfortunately, you cannot determine the time of infection on the basis of either CD4 or viral load testing. On the basis of his low viral load, it would appear that he (or his immune system) is indeed... Read more »

recent HPV outbreak related to NEW HIV infection?

Hi,I've asked several people this question, and it goes like this: I thought that I may have come into contact with someone who may have been HIV positive....About 3 weeks after the fact of possible exposure to HIV I noticed a small outbreak on...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
There is no one answer to your question. It is possible that your genital warts are related to your recent exposure. They could also be related to a prior exposure. There is no way of telling whether you picked up HIV without being tested for it... Read more »
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RECENT STUDY ORAL SEX & HIV INFECTION

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
"UTMB Study Explains Why Oral Sex Unsafe in Age of HIV"
Houston Chronicle Online (02/03/00); Hopper, Leigh
New research from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston shows the reason why oral sex is unsafe as a way to avoid HIV.... Read more »

hows this for a recent infection

Posted by c1no1, 3 Replies
i recently found out i was hiv+ and the entire ordeal has opened my eyes to so many things that i needed to make changes to in my life...i didnt truly get the positive result back until last week, however my story goes like this....one day i had a... Read more »

diarrhea - sign of recent infection?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have had a few encounters with other men over the past few months. Giving and getting fellatio without taking cum(although maybe precum) and kissing and having analingus performed on me. That is it, nothing else. Anyway, I have developed really... Read more »

IN THE THROWS OF A RECENT DIAGNOSIS OF POSITIVE

Posted by Anonymous, 11 Replies
WELL .,HERE i AM AT 52....having survived the first and second waves of HIV as a gay man in NYC in 1975-1983..and find myself now...in 2006 facing this disease ...like you all are.. I am a hep c survivor...took that treatment and tolerated it... Read more »