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When to Start Anti-HIV Medications

Terms Used in This Fact Sheet Antiretroviral: A medication that prevents a retrovirus, such as HIV, from making copies of itself. Anti-HIV medications are also called antiretrovirals. Antiretroviral therapy (ART): The recommended treatment for HIV. ART involves taking a combination of three or more anti-HIV medications from at least two different drug classes every day to control the virus. CD4 count: The number of CD4 cells in a sample...
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Fun with Numbers

Help!I'm very worried about a particular heterosexual exposure incident, and trying to research as much information as possible. Too early for tests, which I know is the best way to put worries to rest. Some studies refer to number of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Analytically Challenged WW,"Triangulation" is never "fun," unless you are talking about a mnage a trois. Trying to equate HIV risk in the way you suggest is not only statistically impossible; it's also not the least... Read more »

Sucking is great fun

Dear doctor, I'm a gay male who engages in cock sucking at the exclusion of any other sexual activity, and I do not intend to ever change that. I've met many gay men and I don' t know anyone who would use a condom in oral sex. The...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The risk of HIV from oral sex is very low. This has been known and widely accepted for many years. Certainly many folks (particularly gay men) have decided the low risk for oral; sex is "low enough" that they choose not to latex coat... Read more »

strip club fun.......not so fun after all

Am I simply going crazy? I think so. I am so scared of HIV it is insane. I must first commend you on your acheivemants as a HIV positive man(325000 dollars raised that awesome). I think the world could use more people like you. Now to the point.I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello "Super Worried Well,"Thanks for your very kind comments. Relax; I think you are just fine. Your risk is so low as to be essentially non-existent. Lap dancing is not considered risky behavior, except for maybe ruining a nice pair of... Read more »

DOES size matter??? CDC FACT SHEET -- EFFECT OF ANTIRETROVIRAL THERAPY ON THE RISK OF SEXUAL TRANSMISSION OF HIV AND SUPERINFECTION, 2009)

I'm a gay male form Vermont, 54, have been pos 22 years and finally, after all of the myriad meds, highs and lows and being brought back from the abyss in the mid 90's, have tested undetectable during the past year. It feels good. And...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,There is no question that being on effective combination antiretroviral therapy that drives HIV plasma viral load to undetectable levels significantly decreases the risk of HIV transmission. However, and this is a very big however, it does not... Read more »
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AIDS Walk SF - Soooo much fun!

Posted by ai77, 1 Reply
Hey all! Hope you had a nice weekend. I just wanted to let you know what a huge success the AIDS Walk was on Sunday. I volunteered at one of the checkpoints (keeping the masses hydrated and happy with water and Snapple). It was so fantastic to... Read more »

2 Minutes Fun Made Me Go Crazy?

Posted by WorriedWell, 2 Replies
hey guys,
i know i am driving you all crazy by asking same question again and again...but i m sorry ..
i wanna know wether kissing with a HIV POSTIVE Person for 2 Seconds Lip to LIP and not french kissing and if it was a dry kiss can cause u... Read more »

Well Limbo is fun

Posted by Kiltedone, 2 Replies
So my blood was taken yesterday, they said at the clinic (UK) if they dont call by 5pm tonight then its all good and I can asume a -ve test. Got tested for syph too since thats more likely from my exposure than HIV. So today is going to be an... Read more »

I'm trying not to scare anyone, but facts are fact

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
In fact I'm not trying to scare anyone, and I don't want to make a kid's game out of the Bulletin Board. I'm just trying to make everyone realize that 99,9% of people doesn't cover all individuals, when talking about tests... I'm sure that 999 of... Read more »