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Opportunistic Infections

What Are Opportunistic Infections? Testing for OIs OIs and AIDS What Are the Most Common OIs? Preventing OIs Treating OIs What Are Opportunistic Infections? In our bodies, we carry many germs -- bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and viruses. When our immune system is working, it controls these germs. But when the immune system is weakened by HIV disease or by some medications, these germs can get out of control and cause health...
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Re: Afraid to get OI's

Hi there Dr Bob! Thanks a lot for your answer regarding OI's. Yes, all you said was extremely useful for my decision. Talked to my Hiv doc and I finally made the decision of keep working at the emergency room. It's something I really like and that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Lisbon-Doc,You're very welcome. You've made the same decision I would have made if I were in your position.Yes, I'm going to Mexico City for the World AIDS Conference. In fact, my flight leaves at 6:15 AM. So it's time for me to find my passport... Read more »

Toxoplasmosis with CD4 count of 340 and Undetectable VL?

I was recently released from the hospital and am being treated for toxoplasmsosis. I am HIV-positive, but I have a CD4 count of 340, and my viral load has been undetectable for several years. I just ask, how could this happen? I've done...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
We are used to a threshold of 200 CD4 cells/ml for the development of the most severe opportunistic infections (OIs), but in fact there is a range of CD4 cell counts at which OIs such as toxoplasmosis (toxo) occur, and it can exceed 200 cells, and,... Read more »

waiting for an OI to hospitalize me so that I'll be finally diagnosed correctly

Hello DR. Bob,I feel like crying. Especially since I've written to you several times with my concerns but you have not answered yet answer some dude asking about a man-purse. God I feel like shit.Anyways, after testing negative on 3 seperate...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Scared of the uncertainty??? What uncertainty??? You've had three negative HIV tests out to six months. Those tests are definitive and conclusive. There is no uncertainty about this whatsoever! You are HIV negative and yet you "feel like... Read more »

Brief treatment interruption with Atripla OK? (STRUCTURED TREATMENT INTERUPRTIONS) (STRATEGIC TREATMENT INTERUPRTIONS)

Hi,First I want to say what a valuable and informative resource this website is. My question is this: I would like to take a brief, supervised treatment interruption of approx. 6 weeks in order to travel without having to bring my HAART meds with...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I would very strongly advise against a supervised (or unsupervised) treatment interruption (STI). We now have several well-designed long-term clinical trials that have consistently found that STIs, particularly in situations like yours (previous... Read more »
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The Well Project

What Are Opportunistic Infections?

Table of Contents Basic Facts Preventing and Treating OIs OIs and Women Most Common Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in HIV-Positive People Basic Facts While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system , HIV targets and... Read more »
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Salvage Therapy

What Is Salvage Therapy? How Can You Avoid Salvage Therapy? When Does Someone Need Salvage Therapy? What Is a "Holding Regimen"? Getting Access to New Drugs The Bottom Line What Is Salvage Therapy? Antiretroviral therapy (ART)... Read more »
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Immune Restoration

What Is Immune Restoration? How Can the Immune System Be Restored? Are New CD4 Cells as Good as Old? What Is Immune Restoration? Immune restoration means repairing the damage done to the immune system by HIV. In a healthy immune system,... Read more »
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What Is AIDS?

What Does "AIDS" Mean? How Do You Get AIDS? What Happens if I'm HIV Positive? How Do I Know if I Have AIDS? Is There a Cure for AIDS? For More Information What Does "AIDS" Mean? AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency... Read more »
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symptoms

Posted by Anonymous
Theres seems to be a little confusion on hiv symptoms.Most of you are correct but just incase anyone is confused symptoms of ars (seroconversion) usually occures 2-4 weeks after exposier.Once you seroconvert then you are hiv posative.People do not... Read more »

Now I must concern for loved one...

Posted by oi812Help, 4 Replies
Had sex with hooker, we used a condom, told female partner (both of us have herpes) this and she said it was low risk and during holidays we had unprotected vaginal sex. She said let it go don't worry about it. Are we both at risk now? Please... Read more »

What are odds unprotected vaginal with herpies sor

Posted by oi812Help, 1 Reply
What are odds of transmission being insertive partner doing unprotected vaginal sex with herpies sore if lady friend is poz? Thanks Read more »

i wanted to know something about the testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I would like to get tested but i want the one that takes 20 mins to find out cause i cant wait around for 1-2 weeks and panic i just want it done and over with. A few more questions how longs does it take HIV TO BECOME aids if you are not on any... Read more »