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Do People With Hiv Lose The Ability To Fight Off Infections

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...Treating Acute HIV Infection Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage of HIV disease is called "acute HIV infection" or "primary HIV infection." About half of the people who get infected don't notice anything. Symptoms generally occur...
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Thanks for your comments and information about the possibility that people with undetectable viral might be able to infect HIV negative people and contribute to HIV superinfection, but is there any research revealing the actual numbers of such...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(or otherwise) of patients being treated with antiretroviral drugs. French investigators report in the August 20th edition of AIDS that 5% of antiretroviral-treated men with an undetectable viral load in their blood had detectable HIV in their... Read more »


Hello Dr. Rob,This is my first visit to your forum. I have read only a handful of your posts and have gotten a lot of valuable information from them. The one question that I have is regarding your political views. You are in a place to give so...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...improve health outcomes for Americans living with HIV/AIDS. Across the nation, we also need to prevent the spread of HIV and get people into treatment by expanding access to testing and comprehensive education programs. This report also... Read more »

Super infection HIV+ couple

I am still trying to understand whether super infection is possible between spouses who are HIV+ and faithful to each other? We are a couple HIV+ my wife started taking medicines (Trimune 30) more than three years ago when her CD4 count dropped to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...both people must use latex condoms for prevention. I heard that if one HIV positive person could have one strain of the HIV/AIDS virus and the other HIV positive person could have a completely different strain of the HIV/AIDS virus. You could be... Read more »


My partner and I have been monogomous since we started dating five years ago and we are both HIV positive. We believe that my partner was positive before we started dating, however, because we were young and foolish we didn't get tested. I was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...for me, OK? Aloha, Dr. Bob HIV reinfection (REINFECTION, SUPERINFECTION, DUAL INFECTION, BAREBACKING RISK) Mar 5, 2008 If 2 people were HIV + and had unprotected sex, could they become reinfected and would they have another sero-conversion?... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

To Prevail in Fight Against HIV/AIDS, "Every Country Must Take the Leadership Role"

...had in South Africa, including connecting patients with antiretrovirals and support services for children made orphans by HIV/AIDS. He also outlines PEPFAR's strategy in the country: "In this phase of PEPFAR, the U.S. will support the prevention... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System your body that recognize the repeat invader. This allows the immune system to go into action right away. This also is why people get some diseases, such as chickenpox or measles, only once. And, this is the basis for how vaccines work -- they... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...CD4 Test? What Factors Influence a CD4 Cell Count? How Are the Test Results Reported? What Do the Numbers Mean? "Non-AIDS" Illness and Death The Bottom Line What Are CD4 Cells? CD4 cells are a type of lymphocyte (white blood... Read more »
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Researchers Use Chemical From Medicinal Plants to Fight HIV

...HIV-fighting function for much longer. This gene-therapy approach, however, is not a practical way to treat the millions of people living with HIV. For the present study, rather than utilizing gene therapy, the researchers used a chemical called... Read more »
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Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
...HIV and AIDS- NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS In many countries throughout the world, people are going to naturopathic physicians when faced with Read more »

New HIV therapy shows promise

Posted by losing_it, 1 Reply
...infection. The drug also provided some benefit to the very sick. Merck is studying some integrase inhibitor candidates in a few people to see whether the pills seem safe and to check for any early signs of viral suppression. Results, due by... Read more »

?? on SSDI fight, recs on jobs at home

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I have filed for SSDI, been denied, now at hearing stage. Long story short, HIV since 1990. No opportunistic infections, but several health problems: severe depression insomnia anxiety allergies female problems Read more »

Going outa my mind

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...been able to pull myself out from under this ominous dark cloud. My circle of friends depends on my ability to "handle" my HIV distress privately. Any advice on how to shake the creepies and get back to fighting the good fight? Read more »