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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Table of Contents Introduction How Is CMV Spread? How Do I Prevent CMV Infection? How Can I Tell If I Have CMV Infection? How Do I Prevent CMV Disease? Can I Ever Stop Preventive Therapy How Can I Tell if I Have CMV Disease? How Do You Treat CMV Disease? Concerns for Pregnant Women Concerns for Children Your CD4 Cell Counts How Can I Get the Medicines to Treat CMV? What About Resistance? What Research Is Being Done on...
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HIV vs AIDS??? (DEFINITION HIV VERSUS AIDS)

BIG question. I have been getting conflicting info on this.What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? I thought (think) there is a huge difference between the two....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No, actually there is not a huge difference. Everyone with AIDS (Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is HIV positive (Human Immunodeficiency Virus positive). AIDS is diagnosed when an HIV-positive person's immune system deteriorates to a... Read more »

AIDS vs HIV (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2008)

Dr Bob,First I would like to thank you for all the wonderful work you have done for HIV/AIDS. I enjoy your wit also. My question might soundstupid to you but I don't know if I stillshould be labeled as having "AIDS" or not. I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,First off, 55+ is not an "oldie" and can still be a "goodie" (as well as a "hottie!"). Next, I agree folks shouldn't get hung up on labels, particularly HIV versus AIDS. AIDS is a somewhat arbitrary definition... Read more »

AIDS diagnosis (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION)

12 months ago I was diagnosed with AIDS as a result of an NHL diagnosis. My CD4 was 40 and VL was 750,000. After 12 mos, my CD4 is 274, VL is <40 (new testing has triggered and no longer undetectable) I'm on Atripla and take 100-200mg of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Congratulations on your improved health status. Regarding the AIDS diagnosis, that remains even if your CD4 count rises above the 200 mark. (See below.) As far as how much immune reconstitution (rise in CD4 count) you can expect on effective... Read more »

Chemo and CD-4 counts (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2009)

I am a HIV+ 37 year old male who is very healthy except for fighting KS in my colon and stomach. I have been undergoing Taxol treatment for my KS since Dec 08 until now June 1, 09. My oncologist and I decided to take a break till Mid-July because my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,You seem to be most worried about the diagnosis of AIDS because your CD4 count has dropped below 200. Actually you qualified for the AIDS diagnosis when your Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) was first diagnosed (even though your CD4 count was 450). KS... Read more »
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Definitive Signs

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can anyone tell me what are the DEFINITIVE signs that you are HIV infected? I don't mean full blown AIDS. Are there any early symptoms that will be synonymous with early HIV infection? Read more »

HOW do you know 9 week is definite

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is it true that a 9 week test is definite, what is the proof , is there actual CDC documintation. Read more »

Definite Results?

Posted by hello123, 2 Replies
I tested five years post possible exposure with a rapid Oraquick and it was negative. I am getting a blood test for all STDs soon and am wondering if my HIV test with the Oraquick is definitly negative. I don't want to get a blood test and have the... Read more »

Definitely Positive

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I don't have the results yet but I know I'm positive, didn't sleep at all last night, this morning my right groin node swelled up to the size of a bean. I inspected my mouth and found that I have thrush, I was taking solace in the fact that I... Read more »