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First Visit To Infectious Disease Doctor

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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Response for finding a more competent Infectious Disease Specialist for my daughter..

Dr. Frascino,I wish it were that simple.......you see as a result of all this lack of knowledge or caring from her doctor.....we buried my daughter January 18, 2009.......so from October to December she was treated as a stroke patient by then.....it...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I'm very sorry to learn about your daughter's passing. I now understand your anger and frustration. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Dr. BobFollow up to my question on PML Nov 2, 2009The Infectious Disease Specialist (my... Read more »

First HIV Specialist Visit

I was diagnosed with HIV infection in August and CD4+ is 274 and Viral load (bDNA)186,000. I have sores on my skin that do not heal and am very fatigued with night sweats and insomnia at times. My F.P. physician says that I will need to start...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Finding out some of your HIV specialist treatment philosophy is a useful discussion point. Finding out about which research studies are available and which questions are being addressed in active research studies is another good talking point.... Read more »

RE: Any infectious disease clinic or hospital in Europe, please?

Dear Dr. Bob,Thanks for your prompt answer.It's a great luck that you've had such great pianists over there last week.I love Kristian Zimerman playing Chopin and Brahms and the other two are also amazing and very talented pianists!!. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Inma,I certainly understand the frustration of feeling sick, especially when an exact diagnosis hasn't been identified. A thorough evaluation at a medical center will hopefully determine the underlying cause for your ongoing symptoms.... Read more »

PML mis-diagnosed by Infectious Disease Specialist

How in God's name can someone who calls themself an Infectious Disease Specialist not recognize or atleast consider that his own immunosupressed patient could have PML????...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Although PML is an opportunistic infection all HIV specialists should be familiar with, making a firm diagnosis of PML can be challenging, as it requires not only a compatible clinical history and MRI findings, but also a brain biopsy... Read more »
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Update after first Doctor's visit

Posted by Blixer, 5 Replies
Thanks to everyone for your support here. It has been a blessing this first week. I just got back from my first visit with the HIV specialist. Basically it was... let's draw blood, check you over, send you on your way, and see you again in six... Read more »

Alternative to Using an Infectious Disease Special

Posted by Choosing2Liv
As I may have mentioned, Ive been EXTREMELY disappointed with my Infectious Disease doctor and his staff. They have canceled two of my last appointments without notice or apology; they typically schedule blood work AFTER my visits and have been... Read more »

Infectious or Intoxication Diseases?

Posted by Anonymous
AIDS, Hepatitis C, BSE:
Infectious or Intoxication Diseases?

Claus Khnlein, Germany

English translation and English edit by Jrgen Faas, Kathy McMahon and Fintan Dunne. With kind permission by the
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what can I expect at my first dr visit?

Posted by tippytu, 2 Replies
I'm just wondering what I should expect at my first Dr visit other than blood work? I'm I going to have to get undressed & all of that? I just want to be prepared.

Also I'm just wondering when I go to the Dr for something non HIV related are they... Read more »