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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Hiv How Long Does It Take To Get Diagnosed After Contact

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Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

...twice a day to keep HIV in check for many years. Side effects are milder and less common than they've ever been. It's completely possible for many people with HIV to live their lives no differently than they had before their diagnosis (although healthier living becomes more important, and having safer sex is always critical). However, because of the stigma and guilt that still surrounds HIV, because HIV was so long thought of as a death...
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recently diagnosed with hiv but no viral load

Hey DR. Frascino. I am newly diagnosed with HIV with a repeat of 2 tests. The reason both tests were repeated because my western blot and elisa were positive but both times i had an undetectable viral load with a cd4 count of 741. My doctor looked...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,It is possible you are an "elite controller." See below. Regarding your partner, your undetectable HIV plasma viral load significantly decreases but does not eliminate his HIV-acquisition risk. He should have HIV-antibody testing Read more »


Hey....I am thirty years old..have never done an hiv test.....found someone who is just remarkable....who insist that we have one done before we become intimate......he did his today it was negative.....but I'm scared to death in doing mine......I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...know" you are HIV positive???? No, absolutely not. In fact what you don't know in that situation could kill you. Delayed HIV diagnosis is still the number one cause of HIV morbidity and premature HIV-related mortality. Knowledge is power! If you... Read more »

just diagnosed

I have just been diagnosed, am in stage 3. I have KS lesions, wasting, severe fatigue and no insurance what is my prognosis and what should i do? i also have started getting irate and I am a veteran
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your post. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. With Kaposi's sarcoma, wasting and fatigue, you have an active AIDS diagnosis and need to start HIV treatments in the very near future. Without treatment your long-term prognosis is... Read more »

Newly diagnosed with HIV

I am male and straight. I was diagnosed with HIV just recently. My CD4 cells are 94, virus load is "very high" (over 3 million) but apparently they need to recheck this.I need to urgently contact previous partners, women, who may have been...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your post.It's very difficult to determine when someone acquired HIV on the basis of their labs- if your HIV test is fully positive (not indeterminate), then we can assume that you've been infected Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vital Signs: HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adults -- United States, 2001 - 2009

...essential to identify persons early in their course of infection to prevent progression to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and death, and to reduce transmission. Methods: CDC used 2001 - 2009 data from the National Health Interview... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Newly Diagnosed HIV/AIDS Cases in U.S. Disproportionately High Among Blacks, MMWR Report Says 24 (Reuters South Africa, 3/9). According to the report, black men were seven times more likely to receive a new HIV/AIDS diagnosis than white men and twice as likely as black women. AIDS-related illnesses were the fourth-leading cause of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Incidence and Diagnoses of HIV Infection -- Puerto Rico, 2006

...of diagnoses of HIV infection (i.e., HIV diagnosed with or without a concurrent or later acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [AIDS] diagnosis) was based on the 1,021 diagnoses in 2006 among persons aged > 13 years reported to CDC by the Puerto... Read more »
The Body

From Me to You: Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

... From Me to You: Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis HIV/AIDS Advocates Offer Their Tips Click here to view our collection of tips from HIV-positive people. Read more »
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Hiv-diagnosis about two months ago

Posted by Noa, 7 Replies
...girls/women of more or less the same age as me, or who got infected at the same age. I'm infected since june last year, but got the diagnosis at the beginning of this year (not a very happy newyear...!). You can contact me in English, Dutch,... Read more »

Diagnosed with HIV and AIDS at the same time!!!!

Posted by icantbelieve, 9 Replies
Last April, viral load over 500.000 and cd4 count 191. Overwhelming. I've been sad, lonely, on meds, always tired, lost weight, appetite, no one knows, live away from my family, no partner, with an infection on my skin since April that impairs my... Read more »

My dad was just diagnosed with advanced AIDS

Posted by ontariogirl, 5 Replies
...results. Even though I knew in theory that he was likely HIV + I was devastated to hear he's been diagnosed with "full-blown" AIDS as he put it. His life has been hell for a long time, and I'm afraid he won't even both to seek more... Read more »

Just Diagnosed 12/12

Posted by dotman32, 15 Replies
...they'll be supportive .. but feeling so guilty, ashamed, etc. Not to mention SCARED. I haven't been able to read much about HIV so far .. not sure how much I can handle. But glad to know about this site. I've read a few posts and found some... Read more »