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Definite Signs Of HIV

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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 »

What's the definition of open wound for HIV

Posted by sweetangel, 1 Reply
What's the definition of open wound when it comes to HIV transmission. Does it have to be bleeding? Or how recent to be considered open?

I had sex with my HIV + partner yesterday, He came on my chest but little did I realize that that previous night... Read more »

Devastated: All of the hallmark signs of HIV

Posted by DSKMan, 8 Replies
I though oral sex was low risk, but I was wrong. Now I have all of the hallmark signs of HIV ARS. fever, cough, rash, mouth ulcers, odd rash, painful nodes in the neck. I just know I have HIV now, and I am in shock. I am planning on doing an HIV... Read more »

Is losing one's voice every 3 months a sign of HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
My friend's voice is lost again. Fever, chills and then it goes away without any medication after 4 days. It then happens again 3 months later. What is going on? Read more »

sign of hiv? very scared

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I have been with my bf for a little over two years and we have had unprotected sex. I now have a swollen throat and swollen lymph nodes in the neck that have lasted about nine months. I have also been having other problems such as frequent urination... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Re: Definition of a full blown aids

Dear Dr:I refer to your email on Jan 7,2005 regarding the subject:What is the purpose of that definition, when with proper treatments, many Aids patients can have their T4 cell level recovered to above 200, and the various OI can now be effectively...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
The definition of AIDS was put in place many years ago as a means to differentiate between someone who simply had HIV infection versus someone else with HIV infection who was also showing signs of immune deficiency. Knowledge was limited then and... Read more »

definition of wasting and lipodystrophy

can you please define wasting and lipodystrophy?recently hiv + (one year) cd4 450 and vload undectactable.... is a swollen abdomen,and a concave butt a sign of these conditions brought on by meds?(combivir viracept one year)thanks........
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Wasting is defined as a loss of 5-10% of body weight. Lipodystrophy is usually characterized by loss of peripheral body fat in the arms and legs and accumulation of visceral fat(in the abdomen). Loss of muscle mass in the butt can also be part of... Read more »

Legal definition of: "active communicable disease?"

I am HIV+ and I was recently offered a conditional offer of employment for a school district in Florida. This offer is pending completion of certain paperwork.One of the forms I am required to submit is a Health Certificate. It reads: "This is...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Remember, we're not lawyers here, but my impression of such a question is that it's digging for TB. Your physician should be able to sign the document. HIV would not prevent you from fulfilling all of the essential functions of the job.... Read more »


I am not a person who goes around sleeping with a variety of people. I reunited with an ex boyfriend, of three years, and had unprotected sex with him twice, as a result of his coaxing, convincing me that he was tested every six months. Six weeks...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
I am a little confused about the chronology of events that you present. If you were negative three months after your exposure, I would trust that result. The clinic acted irresponsibly in not testing you at 13 weeks.Like I have said in other... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

No Definitive Link Between Hormonal Contraceptives and Increased Risk of HIV Infection Among Women, CDC Says

"There is no clear link between the use of contraceptives such as the birth control pill or Depo-Provera shots and an increased risk that a woman will contract HIV, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday," Reuters ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV Would "Remain a Threat" Even If World Achieved "AIDS-Free Generation" by Any Definition

Lawrence Altman, former senior medical correspondent for the New York Times , writes in an opinion analysis in the newspaper that while there was much discussion about "ending the AIDS epidemic" and an "AIDS-free generation" at the XIX... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

CSIS Blog Examines Definition of "AIDS-Free Generation"

"Charged by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with developing a blueprint for the next phase of the [U.S. government's] involvement in the fight against HIV and AIDS, [U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby] ... will lead an... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Supporting Earlier Antiretroviral Treatment "Not Definitive," NEJM Editorial Says

Although the results of a study comparing early and deferred antiretroviral treatment scheduled to be published in the April 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine are "striking," they "cannot be considered definitive evidence that... Read more »