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AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...total hemoglobin by the total number of red blood cells. Platelets (PT) help stop bleeding by forming clots and scabs. If you don't have enough platelets, you might get internal bleeding or you could bruise easily. People with HIV disease sometimes have a low platelet count, also called "thrombocytopenia." Taking HIV medications usually corrects this problem. Platelets are almost never so high that they cause health problems. White...
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Why CD4 goes down while CD4% goes up (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%, 2009)

Hi Dr. Bob, it is a real pleasure to read your answers full of help, professionalism, generosity and fun. I started therapy at an absolute CD4 of 405 and 26% and VL above 100k, I started Atripla six months ago after the first three months my CD4...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...concern? Thank you. Response from Dr. Frascino Hi, I see it's time for a review of what CD4 cells are and how we monitor them in HIV infection. So beginning with the basics, a CD4 cell is a type of lymphocyte, which in turn is a type of white... Read more »

Sudden drop in CD4 count

I have been HIV positive and on Atripla since August 2009 and have blood work done every 3 months. My VL has been undetectable since November 2009. Below is my CD4 count and CD4% count since I've started Atripla:8/26/2009 CD4 66CD4/100 cells 3VL ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...the narrow range of 329-338 with your CD4% gradually rising from 12% to 15%. Absolute CD4 counts fluctuate for many reasons. HIV disease is a very slow process. You need to view long-term trends rather than worrying about a transient shift up or... Read more »

HIV for 20 years without meds?

When people say that someone has lived with HIV for 15 or 20 years, that person has lived with or without meds? Is it possible to live 20 years taking the meds (considering they are very toxic)? Thank you.
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...years without taking HIV medications. There are individuals who have stable CD4+ lymphocyte counts in the face of long-term HIV infection. Long-term non-progression is the terminology which is used to describe this phenomenon. One of the most... Read more »

progressing long term non-progressor: when to start treatment?

I've been positive for probably 24 years. I tested positive in 1986 but my last unsafe sex before that was in 1983. I am not on treatment. My CD4 cells have slowly dropped some over the years but seem to be staying in the upper 500s for the last...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...better initial therapy. In fact, when I informally ask my colleagues in HIV medicine what they would personally do if they had HIV infection and a CD4+ lymphocyte count above 500, the great majority would start treatment straight away. For the... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...OIs continue to cause considerable morbidity and mortality for three primary reasons: 1) many patients are unaware of their HIV infection and seek medical care when an OI becomes the initial indicator of their disease; 2) certain patients are... Read more »
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Immune Responses in Long-Term Non-Progressors

...years or more without therapy) and another control cohort of 50 HIV-infected patients who demonstrated progression of their HIV disease. Studies of immunologic markers in these cohorts found an association between the intensity and diversity of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and HIV Medicine Association/Infectious Diseases Society of America

Treating Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...contribution of non-adherence and drug failure. AIDS 2000;14:2559-66. 51. Wolff AJ, O'Donnell AE. Pulmonary manifestations of HIV infection in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy. Chest 2001;120:1888-93. 52. Kovacs JA, Hiemenz JW,... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...researchers to document the presence of HIV genes in virtually all patients with AIDS, as well as in individuals in earlier stages of HIV disease. Postulate #3 has been fulfilled in tragic incidents involving three laboratory workers with no... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous
...proper laboratory testing. Patients with the syndrome may have fever, fatigue, rash, pharyngitis or other symptoms. Primary HIV infection should be considered in any patient with possible HIV exposure who presents with fever of unknown cause. The... Read more »

Acute HIV Infection Overview

Posted by Anonymous
...magnitude before reaching a viral setpoint. This set-point following resolution of the acute infection is a strong predictor of long term disease progression rates [1]. Several factors can influence viral replication during acute infection and... Read more »

Read the stories but I think I'm still +

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I've read all the uplifting stories and still cant stop thinking I'm positive as well as some of my family members. I've posted before so some of you may rememeber. My risk was slight oral exposure (on her) to a stripper that was from Russia. It... Read more »

HIV?

Posted by Anonymous
...exposure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), they do not specifically determine current infection...The number of peripheral blood lymphocytes expressing viral RNA, as detected by in situ hybridization in an infected person is less than 1 in... Read more »