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Does Hiv Make You Feel Different

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feeling different

Posted by Anonymous, 20 Replies
Hi, I have been HIV positive for a year and a half and am doing well taking my medications. I am undetectable and my t cells are up. The problem is I have really felt different since I have aquired this disease and I always feel like nobody... Read more »

Different Q & A about hiv testing:

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
clarificatoin on testing?
Posted: Apr 2, 2001

is a negative result at 4 1/2 months on a salive test goor/reliable after a low risk exposure(fingering?) thank you

The OraSure testing system is generally thought to be an excellent... Read more »

testing differences???

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was just wondering what the differences were between "generations" in the tests. Why would I feel less confident with a 4.5 month post exp. negative with a home access as opposed to getting 14 different tests at my doctor's office??? Also, is it... Read more »

Fighting the battle on many different fronts!

Posted by dbport, 4 Replies
I was diagnosed as HIV+ 17 years ago and a PWA for the past 14. When I first found out, there was very little else I could think about, other than the fact I had HIV, I'd seen many friends die of it, and was waiting for my turn to go too. My turn... Read more »

stop acting like we'er different

Posted by lilmisskathy, 4 Replies
man im really tired of people talking bout being dignosted with this thing... i mean i have been living with HIV my whole life so just suck it up man its not the end of the world just take the meds and get over it you already have it aint no use in... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Different faiths, different outlooks

Dear Rev. Pieters, A friend of mine has been HIV+ for fourteen years and recently underwent though is recovering from, a serious bout of pneumonia. He is a devout Christian. I am a believing, but struggling, Catholic. At times I find it difficult...
Steven Pieters

Response from Steven Pieters

Metropolitan Community Church of LA
Yes, it can be very difficult to deal with someone who is apparently quite rigid in his beliefs. And fundamentalists can be very rigid about their beliefs. There are some who feel that this kind of religious rigidity comes from a deep-seated... Read more »

Different strains = Different RNA/DNA?

Doc, Keep up the good work. I recently read that Qualitative PCR was negative for the LA Group O infected lady until Group-O specific peptides were used for the test. I thought that PCR looked for the RNA/DNA of the virus. Do different strains then...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.The group "O" strain of HIV-1 is very unusual. This unusual strain will notusually be picked up by conventional PCR tests. However, the PCR tests thatare in use, should pick up most other strains of... Read more »

Different Answers by different Docs (WHEN TO START TREATMENT, 2009)

Ok, this isn't a safe-sex question. I've read many of your replies to people and respect your wisdom. My CD-4 has been 800 to 1,000 this year and VL not above 24,000. It has been a big decision whether to start meds. I've had 2...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The reason you have gotten several different opinions on when to start combination antiretroviral therapy is that we really don't know the exact answer! If you were to follow the published recommended guidelines for when to begin treatment,... Read more »

Difference between HIV 1 and 2; HIV survival in a syringe

Could you explain what the principal differences are between HIV 1 and HIV 2? Secondly, could you explain how long HIV will survive in a syringe?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.As far as HIV-2 is concerned, this virus is only rarely found outside ofWestern Africa. This is a separate virus from HIV-1 (not a strain of HIV-1). The major differences between HIV-1 (found worldwide) and HIV-2,... Read more »

HIV & Me: A Woman's Guide to Living With HIV: HIV in Women and Men: What's the Difference?

It's true that HIV doesn't discriminate. It's also true that HIV treatment works just as well in women as in men. However, there are differences between men and women when it comes to living with HIV -- in fact, living with HIV as a woman can often... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Studies Find Few Differences in Health Outcomes for HIV-Positive Patients Cared for by Nurses Versus Doctors

HIV-positive patients who receive care from trained nurses fare just as well as those who are treated by physicians, according to two studies released at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Reuters reports. Delegates at the... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Ask the HIV Specialist: What Is the Difference Between My Doctor and the NP Who Sometimes Sees Me?

Mary Beth Alder, Ph.d., A.P.R.N., A.A.H.I.V.S. Dear HIV Specialist, The clinic where I get my HIV care is a really great place and I am very happy with my doctor there. Sometimes when I go for my routine visits, and also on some occasions... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

Blood Brothers

Like many who find out they are HIV- positive, I thought my life was over. Overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, depression, and fear permeated all facets of my life. My feelings and emotions and many of the drugs I have tried and the side effects... Read more »