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Drug Abuse Extenuating Circumstances Late Seroconversion

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The Well Project

Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

...opportunistic infections (OIs) such as MAC (mycobacterium avium complex), TB (tuberculosis), CMV (cytomegalovirus), or cryptosporidiosis Hepatitis usually caused by infection with the hepatitis A, B, or C virus Alcohol or drug abuse Liver Disease and Women Some liver problems occur during pregnancy or affect women more often than men. These include: Gallstones Biliary cirrhosis (bile duct damage) Autoimmune liver diseases ...
Ask the Experts

Drug abuse and the effects to the fetus during pregnancy

I have been seeing this guy for about 8 months. He promised me that he quit drugs, and I believed him. I am now pregnant and I found out he was doing marijauna and cocaine. I don't do any drugs, but is there anyway that it could harm the baby...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Thank you for your question.You will find a lot of information on substance abuse in pregnant women, and the effects of recreational drugs on the fetus in pregnant women who are using drugs. However, there Read more »

Drug abuse and HIV/AIDS

Thank you so much for your help in this forum. I tested negative for HIV in August and October 2000. I was however, hospitalized in October 2003 with pneumosistis pneumonia with an AIDS diagnosis, cd4 of 25 and a viral load of over 1,000,000....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
... viral load over a million plummeting to undetectable and CD4s skyrocketing from 25 to over 319! BRAVO! Regarding substance abuse and HIV progression, yes, certain illegal substances had indeed been shown to accelerate HIV replication, which can... Read more »


I live in poughkeepsie,ny and want to know if anyone can help me find a mental health doctor that takes medicade or wellcare,who deals with hiv people who are trying to stay in recovery and deal with this disease.I was in recovery,and I have started...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...Psychiatric Association and see if they have anyone on their referral list who could meet your needs.You can also go directly to a drug abuse program by trying to find the local Narcotics Anonymous or asking the mental health agency for a... Read more »

I had sex with a drug abuser

I am a male Like 6 months ago i had sex with a female drug abuser don't know what kind of drugs she was on but we did it and the condom broke. a little after that i pulled out because i notice it felt diffrent. i was scared. i took the at home test...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Whenever HIV infeted fluids come into contact with your mucous membranes, transmission is possible. So, if your partner was infected with HIV and your penis came into contact with her vaginal secretions, transmission is possible.It is important to... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV/AIDS Researcher Says Poverty, Bisexuality, Domestic Abuse, Drug Use Contributing Factors to Southern HIV/AIDS Epidemic

...Several factors -- including poverty, bisexuality, domestic abuse and drug use -- contribute to the increased incidence of HIV/AIDS among blacks in rural Southern states, according to a University Read more »
U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse

Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction

... Many people do not understand why individuals become addicted to drugs or how drugs change the brain to foster compulsive drug abuse. They mistakenly view drug abuse and addiction as strictly a social problem and may characterize those who take... Read more »
Mid-Atlantic ADA & IT Information Center

Employing and Accommodating Individuals With Histories of Alcohol or Drug Abuse

...individuals who are erroneously perceived as abusing drugs illegally, but are not doing so. Because of societal attitudes about drug abuse, many individuals who have had drug problems in the past are perceived as still being drug dependent.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Longitudinal Study of Sexual Risk Behavior Among the Adolescent Children of HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Drug-Abusing Fathers

...environmental, social, personal and substance use factors as longitudinal predictors of sexual risk behavior in children whose fathers abuse or are dependent upon drugs," the authors concluded. "The importance of perceived environmental... Read more »
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So WHAT does cause late seroconversion??

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...People are saying that it is definitely possible for someone to seroconvert later than the 4 or 6 week guideline. So what causes this? What diseases? What conditions?? Read more »

poppers? *DELETED*

Posted by hopefulone, 1 Reply
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abuse from loved one

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Hello everyone. Hope you are having a great night. I am having problems with my husband and his rage. He is so angry at being so ill. Yet, he is taking it out on me. The doctor said he has some neurological damage, yet I also know he is using drugs... Read more »

I need advice about informing abusive ex-boyfriend

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...What do I do? I was involved with a guy last summer. He was verbally abusive, but I tried to make it work. In late August, he started to complain of a "burn" he'd sustained near his groin area, and a swelling in his testicles. A month later, Read more »