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Does Chest Cold Mean I Have AIDS

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

What Is Herpes? Herpes simplex refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see Fact Sheet 509 ), herpes simplex causes painful skin eruptions. Itching and tingling are usually the first signs, followed by a blister that breaks open. The infection stays dormant in nerve cells. This is called "latency." However, it can become active again with no warning. Herpes can be active without symptoms or visible signs....
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Black Spots: Does it Mean I have AIDS?

I have brother who is HIV +. He is only using feed supplements at the moment. He recently started developing some black spots on his skin (forhead, chest, and back). They do not pain him but make him uncomfortable, as he is worried that he may be...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
Changes in the skin are a concern for all of us regardless of whether or not we have underlying health problems. You raise two different issues in your question. Let's talk about these "black spots" first.There are many different... Read more »

Any OI similar to cold?

Hello, can you tell me if there are any opportunistic infections whose symptoms are similar to a typical head/chest cold? After just a week on meds (CD4 below 50, viral load over a million), I'm feeling much better in terms of energy and...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
There is no AIDS-associated OI that has symptoms identical to a common cold. HIV+ people do tend to have colds and other upper respiratory infections more often than HIV-s.... Read more »

What does LOW RISK mean to you and what ELISA trying to tell me?....tail between legs

First of all I, I owe you an apology... I feel that I did not explain myself correctly and some of my comments/questions may have come off as ignorant and/or offensive to you personally and others who are HIV+. For clarification, I donate blood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Welcome back to the forum. Thank you for your clarification and comments. I was pleased to read that you would not be so irresponsible as to risk the blood supply simply to get an HIV test. If you read the archives, you'll find others... Read more »

does this mean I have TB

I am 34 male hiv+ with 52 cd4 count and have been put to ARV's(Tricten,Stocrin) and Cozole I now feel heat (as if I will sweat) and cold feet (toes)my Dr said they found nothing on my blood when checking cd4. should I worrydo I have TB?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Your symptoms are very nonspecific and could be from many things. I assume your doctors screened you for TB, which is unlikely unless more symptoms or findings are evident.... Read more »
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Negative means Negative!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I was a frequenter to this board almost two years ago. For all the worried well, please read this.
In Oct '99, I had a low risk exposure with a man who I found out two weeks later was poz.
About a week after my exposure, I noticed a small... Read more »

recurrent colds

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Are recurrent colds (within the first 5 months of infection) a sign of HIV? I mean, my immune system is clearly weakened since I've been getting sick so often. I've had about 3 or 4 since having unprotected sex twice with someone of unknown status.... Read more »

a tenacious cold?

Posted by pozartistsd, 2 Replies
Hi all... I just caught some kind of bug from one of my family members when i was visiting. I had a flu shot but still got some kind of flu/cold like illness, more like a cold actually. I was worried for about a week since i only have around 300... Read more »

constant cold

Posted by sadface, 1 Reply
Hi friends...
I have had a chest cold with a barky cough for almost 3 weeks now, I am miserable. It scares me that my immune system can't seem to fight this off. The cough is so loud...
I think I am going to finally go for my 8 month conclusive since... Read more »