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Does Hiv Causes Pitted Nails

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arm pit swelling

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
So, I've been palpating my armpit a lot recently (kinda OCDish I guess) feeling for lumps. No lumps there or my groin, but they're starting to hurt a bit, and possibly swell (it's been 4 weeks since a possible contact with HIV--didn't know the... Read more »

Risk of HIV infection from nail salon?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

I've frequented the same nail salon from summer of 2002 until winter of 2005. It's somewhat clean, with the pedicure tubs being washed after each use, but they don't regularly sterilize the clippers or electrical buffer/filer cylinders after each... Read more »

Aching feeling in the groin and arm pits

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Had protected encounter with sex worker in late December. Tested at 4 weeks and 8 both neg. All these while with very painful toncils on my left side. Saw an ENT and he said that there are some swollen lymph nodes and might be tongcilists. I... Read more »

Question Concerning Nails

Posted by NW715, 1 Reply
Hiv symptoms include nail changes: what kind of change may occur? Read more »

Stepped on a nail

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Can yout get hiv from stepping on a nail?
I've had a tetanus shot recently.

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Nail Clippers, scabs, and HIV transmission

I have a habit of using nail clippers to peel of scabs on my body..which usually results in bleeding. Me and my room mate share the same nail clipper. Recently, I found out that my room mate is the type at sleeps around. Do u think my habit would...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. I do not understand why you are doing this in the first place. Opening up your cuts like this can cause many unnecessary problems, the least of which is secondary bacterial infections and possible scarring on your... Read more »

hiv discoloration of palms, heels and nails

my wife has been on nevirapine, zidovudine, lamivudine and septrin ARVS combination for the last 7 months. she developed palm, nail and heel discoloration. often also experiences unusual tiredness and pains in the back side of the neck and knees....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The zidovudine can cause discoloration in the regions you describe. That effect is most often seen in African Americans or persons of African descent. In my experience if there is discoloration due to zidovudine it often persists unless the drug is... Read more »

brittle nails

hi, i've had hiv for about three years and about 6 months ago began taking kaletra and combivir. i'm scheduled for labs in a couple of weeks, but at last count my viral load was undetectable and my TCs were at a steady 300. my only...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Some patients seem to develop brittle nails on antiretroviral therapy (most often seen with indinavir--also the AZT component of Combivir). I am not aware of a correlation with osteopororis and brittle nails. If concerned you could get a bone DEXA... Read more »

Therapy and bad nails

Hello?I know I shouldn't complain about my bad nails and be happy about my great results.I've been taking crixivan 3tc and epivir for 3 years I'm undetectable and cd4 600.Have any suggestion what supplements I can take to improve my...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
AZT can do that in some folks and so can Crixivan. I don't have an easy fix other than talking to your HIV doc to make sure there is no fungal infection or vitamin deficiency and then considering switching your drugs around to ones that might... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Africa: Border "Pit Stop" Teaches Truckers and Communities They Pass Through About AIDS

UN World Food Program trucks bringing desperately needed supplies may also be helping spread HIV in some of the world's most infected countries. To counter the problem, WFP said Tuesday it is setting up "pit stops" that provide HIV prevention... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

African Traditions at Risk in AIDS Fight that Pits Healers vs. Drugs

South African researcher Kensese Mossanda, speaking at the 16th International AIDS Conference, said that although it is difficult to blend ancient holistic treatments and modern medicine, "it is better if we work together." Mossanda cited a recent... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Working My Last Nerve

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Well, my feet and I have been on poor terms ever since 1964 when I snagged a toenail under the door and destroyed any potential they had for becoming high-fashion open-toed shoe... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding HIV/AIDS Table of Contents

Overview How HIV Causes AIDS Transmission Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment of HIV Infection Prevention Challenges in Designing HIV Vaccines Population-Specific Information HIV Infection in Infants and Children HIV Infection in... Read more »