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Decline In Quality Of Life Due To Long-term Hiv Infection

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...and your doctor a better picture of your immune health and disease progression, and can help you make smart choices about treatment . Seeking early care for HIV disease can give people better chances of survival and improved quality of life. People with HIV are encouraged to see a doctor regularly, even if they feel fine at the moment, because the virus could be already damaging the immune system. Early and regular care enables HIV...
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Psycological response to longterm HIV diagnosis?

I read a most interesting and self confirming article in the May/June Issue of PA (Positively Aware) magazine. It was titled, "Is it all in your head?" Since I have been diagnosed now being over 16 years, I have been finding myself depressed, mood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...link between improvement and lower CSF viral load or being treatment-naive. "[T]o minimize impact of HAND on productivity and life quality, drug regimens with the estimated CNS penetration ... should be selected when possible based on treatment... Read more »

Stepped on a Needle on A Beach and Get Infected

Dear Dr. Bob,I am 64, married, and have been positive for over 14 years. I was infected in a most bizarre fashion....I stepped on a hypo needle on a Florida beach. I started on Crixivan and Combivir 13 years ago, and am still on them. CD4 is 1300...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...moderately well. That said, Crixivan plus Combivir is a rather outdated antiretroviral regimen. Crixivan can be difficult to take, due to food restrictions and its side effects/toxicity profile (kidney stones, etc.). Combivir also can have a wide... Read more »

CNS penetration of Atripla/Ziagen/Isentress

AIDS patients need CNS penetrating anti-vral drugs, right Dr.? In order to bettter fight dementia, memory loss, etc., right? so, how do isentress, Ziagen and 3-in-1 Atripla stack up? Thanz!
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...link between improvement and lower CSF viral load or being treatment-naive. "[T]o minimize impact of HAND on productivity and life quality, drug regimens with the estimated CNS penetration ... should be selected when possible based on treatment... Read more »

Atripla and CNS penetration

Greetings from Charleston, SC! I'm a bit confused by your recent answer to the Florida gentleman who inquired about CNS penetration. If Atripla is only "moderately" effective in penetrating the CNS, shouldn't those of us currently taking Atripla...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...link between improvement and lower CSF viral load or being treatment-naive. "[T]o minimize impact of HAND on productivity and life quality, drug regimens with the estimated CNS penetration ... should be selected when possible based on treatment... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...early 1990s, the use of chemoprophylaxis, immunization, and better strategies for managing acute OIs contributed to improved quality of life and improved survival 1 . However, the widespread use of ART starting in the mid-1990s has had the most... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...and abundant evidence that antiretroviral therapy, when used according to established guidelines, can improve the length and quality of life of HIV-infected individuals. In the 1980s, clinical trials enrolling patients with AIDS found that AZT... Read more »
U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse and the Link to HIV/AIDS and Other Infectious Diseases

...disease is important to the timing of therapy initiation for both infections, as is long-term medical followup in order to improve quality of life. TB and HIV/AIDS TB is a chronic and infectious lung disease. Through major public health... Read more »
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HIV JournalView

...Time-Limited Fumaz CR, Munoz-Moreno JA, Molto J, et al. Long-term neuropsychiatric disorders on efavirenz-based approaches: quality of life, psychologic issues, and adherence . J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. April 15, 2005;38(5):560-565. ... Read more »
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HIV is not for sissies

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...editor that while the new meds allow people with HIV/AIDS to live longer, that life is by no means healthy and that avoiding HIV infection was the best course. That editorial is indicative of what I see as a glossing over of the serious nature... Read more »

Are They Right?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Why do some people insist that HIV does not cause AIDS and that test is not accurate? Read more »

Alternatives?

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HIV Infections ARE RISING!

Posted by bradford, 7 Replies
...HIV Infections ARE RISING! Many people still have the belief that HIV and AIDS only affects homosexuals! However, 75% of the world population Read more »