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Disadvantages Of Hiv

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Data on HIV Prevalence Among Disadvantaged Youth in the 1990s

Young disadvantaged women, particularly African-American women, are being infected with HIV at younger ages and at higher rates than their male counterparts, according to a new CDC study published in the September 1998 issue of the Journal of... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Living in Disadvantaged Urban Neighborhoods Increases Likelihood of Injection Drug Use, HIV Infection, Study Says

"Neighborhood Social Disorder as a Determinant of Drug Injection Behaviors: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach ," Health Psychology , January 2005: Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that living in a... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

African Children With HIV/AIDS Face Disadvantages, Receive Little Attention, Advances in Treatment

Although "enormous strides" have been made in treating HIV-positive adults in sub-Saharan Africa -- including the provision of low-cost medications and more effective treatment -- "[n]othing like that has happened for children," the Toronto Globe... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Am I At A Disadvantage When I Start Meds?

I was diagnosed with HIV a year ago and had a CD4 count of 420 and a VL of 20,000. A few months ago I had syphilis which progressed to the secondary stage before it was treated. This caused my CD4 count to drop to 200.I was very concerned by this...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.While there are some disadvantages to starting medications for HIV later in the game, the response rates to treatment are actually quite similar among those with normal CD4s and those starting with counts as low as 50.There... Read more »

10 Year Latentcy before detection - At A Disadvantage

Dear Doctor: On January 1, 2001, my partner and I will have been together for 10 years. I was/am HIV- and we believed my partner was as well. However, several weeks ago he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with PCP. As I am negative,...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Relax -- there is no evidence that people who are diagnosed with HIV at an advanced stage will not respond well to HIV medications. As soon as his PCP is resolved, he should strongly consider starting combination therapy for HIV, with your full... Read more »

Advantages and disadvantages to phenotypic and genotypic resistance testing

What are the advantages and disadvantages to phenotypic resistance testing and genotypic resistance testing and what's a virtual phenotype? What do you use and why? Thanks!Are all these tests still in use?Genotype TestsTrueGene HIV-1 Genotyping...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Genotypic resistance testing generates a list of mutations that are known to confer resistance to anti-HIV drugs. From this, an expert can infer the presence or absence of resistance to individual drugs or drug classes. Phenotypic resistance... Read more »

Mandatory vs Voluntary HIV testing

What are the advantages and disadvantages of mandtory vs voluntary HIV testing?...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
In what setting? I can give you only the most general answer: when testing for a stigmatized condition is mandatory, those at highest risk often find ways to avoid the test because of perceived punishment. Voluntary testing allows people concerned... Read more »
Connect With Others

interesting news story of man with HIV?

Posted by RPH, 7 Replies
Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Exposing Woman to HIV
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
ST. JOSEPH, Missouri A man who spent five years in jail for exposing sexual partners to HIV was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for knowingly exposing another... Read more »

Why women are at the highest risk for HIV

Posted by 2FarGone
I've really been struggling with this idea as of late. I live in Vancouver which (in terms of HIV/AIDS demographics) is largely gay or IV drug using. I'd imagine there are also women in the city who have HIV although if they aren't drug addicted... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
Can anyone else share my agony? I am 24 years old and positive. I am an attractive woman but I am having extreme difficulty meeting other positive men to date. I have been through all of the online matchmakers and I cannot find anyone remotely close... Read more »

4th Generation HIV Test

Posted by Trophy

An arsenal of laboratory methods are available to screen blood, diagnose infection, and monitor disease progression in individuals infected by HIV. These tests can be classified into those that: (a) detect antibody, (b) identify antigen, (c) detect... Read more »