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Effects Of Zosters Shingles On Eyes

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...results. In addition, in 1999 the FDA approved a patch form of the anesthetic lidocaine. The patch, called Lidoderm, provides pain relief for some people with shingles. Because it is applied to the skin, it has less risk of side effects than pain medications taken in pill form. Other Pain Medications: Some drugs normally used to treat depression, epilepsy, or severe pain are sometimes used for the pain of shingles. These can have a variety...
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Hi Dr Bob.2 weeks ago i had a routine blood test whch gave low neutrophile counts 1.200 X mm3 an d low Hb 11 and Hematocrit of 34 I got concerned and had an HIV test, this came back positive. My viral load is 6.000 and my CD4 257, the Dr says I must...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...earlier (CD4 count under 500). The survival benefit, however, must be weighed against the chances of drug toxicities and side effects. There is also the risk that poor regimen adherence could breed a drug-resistant strain of virus. There are,... 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 different docs...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...variables. For instance, how do we weigh the benefit of preserved immune function against the risk of short- and long-term drug side effects and toxicities which only occur in certain individuals? Also, combination antiretroviral therapy requires... Read more »

Updating you on my Question from April and Donation

Dr Bob -- You are great. Did i tell you that? lol..and your response to the "terrified Canadian" had me rolling on the floor! I just donated 50 bucks to you because I think what you do is great service. So, I told you back in April that I had a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...function. Certainly the potential benefits of earlier intervention need to be weighed against the risks of drug toxicity, side effects and cost of medications. It's a discussion you should have with your HIV specialist. In addition peruse the... Read more »

Im HIV positive and scared about whats happening to me

I dont know whats happening to me, I've been positive for 6 months and i had thought my sero conversion was over but i keep getting blisters in my mouth on my back and chest on my legs between my toes and on my palms; I cant keep going to the doc my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Unfortunately, I can't diagnose the cause of your rash over the Internet.You are HIV positive and your insurance company dropped you???? That's immoral and unconscionable! I'm sure there is a special place in hell reserved for insurance... Read more »
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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...diagnosis will consider the failed treatment of the current infection, a possible new infection or malignancy, and drug side effects (especially with hepatitis). One important thing to consider after starting therapy is the amount of decrease in... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...capsules Manufacturer contact: Bristol-Myers Squibb, , 1 (800) 321-1335 Potential side effects and toxicity: Dizziness and lightheadedness. Elevated levels of unconjugated bilirubin (produced by the... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...$1,101.42 / month for 150 mg or 300 mg tablets Manufacturer contact: ViiV Healthcare, 1 (877) 844-8872 Potential side effects and toxicity: Most common include cough, fever, cold, rash, muscle and joint pain, stomach pain, and... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...month for 400 mg, 180 capsules Manufacturer contact: Merck and Co., , 1 (800) 850-3430 Potential side effects and toxicity: Headache, fatigue or weakness, malaise (general ill feeling), nausea, diarrhea, stomach pains,... Read more »
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shingle will happen twice or more?

Posted by JHIV130306, 3 Replies
help!!! i had shingle few weeks ago but it seems recovered,however,i today felt that i have the same symptom of developing shingle the other side of my body!!! will this happen this way? anyone had this situation before? please~~~~i'm so... Read more »


Posted by scaredtodeath, 2 Replies
...them (without ejaculation) and had protected intercourse with them. With one of them, a small amount of his semen got in my eye when he ejaculated. Both of them say they were negative, but that doesn't mean anything. I KNOW, if either of these... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Someone told me that shingles is one of the first indications of being HIV positive. I had shingles in 2002, and has felt fine since then. Although I do occassionally Read more »

Shingles = HIV?

Posted by grcboy30, 4 Replies
...Hi there. I had chicken pox at 5 years old so can develop shingles. I haven't been to the doctor yet but have what I am pretty sure is shingles on the side of my chest (a pink rash which is itchy Read more »