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Hiv Medications And Behavioral Changes

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The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

...occurs in less than 2% of HIV-positive people and generally when the immune system is failing. HAD is not really a disease, but a mental and physical state where a person cannot function. HAD can show up suddenly as a dramatic change in behavior, thinking, and movement or MCMD can progress to HAD as the immune system declines. People who have a CD4 cell count below 200 are at risk of developing HAD -- generally the lower theCD4 count, the...
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Smokey The Bear (SMOKING and HIV, 2009)

Hey Doc.,I'm positive, a bit overweight (a bear, lol), and I smoke cigaretts. Do I really have to quit? Hell, I'm already HIV positive, aren't my Marlboros now a rather minor issue??? I'm doing OK on my HIV meds. My HIV doc hasn't mentioned my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...eight times more likely to develop lung cancer. In a more recent analysis of the large Data Collection on Adverse Events of Anti-HIV Drugs (D:A:D) study, HIV positive current smokers were three times more likely to die of cancer than nonsmokers,... Read more »

Can a HIV- partner decrease chances with antivirals?

I am an HIV- partner in a discordant couple (mixed HIV status) relationship. We just recently found out that he was positive. We always practice safe sex, but I was wondering if I can decrease my chances of contracting HIV by taking anti-viral...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...day (over four million per year). In the United States alone, an estimated 40,000 people become infected each year. Although behavior change programs have contributed to dramatic reductions in the number of annual infections in the United States... Read more »

behavior change in HIV positive person

One of my closest friends was diagnosed with HIV in 1986. He almost died in 1994 and was saved by a drug trial w/ a protease inh and two other meds. Lately, he has some behavioral changes and I'm concerned. He is forgetful and he mixes his words...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
It's perfectly acceptable to talk with your friend about what you've observed. You can say in a kind and caring way that you've noticed some changes in his memory and maybe he should have this evaluated to see it's significant or not. You don't do... Read more »

Why has personal behavior structure not been discussed as to HIV infection?

Although I have 2 major medical conditions I activley participate in behavior to maximize the quality of my life and that it has involved behavioral change.What good does it do to continue the same behavioral structure which causes HIV infection...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
I agree that responsible sexual behavior is extremely important. Your point is well taken. Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Behavioral Changes Associated With Testing HIV-Positive Among Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic Patients in Cape Town, South Africa

...informing HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention programs, the researchers set out to examine behavioral risks and behavioral changes associated with testing HIV-positive among a population of STI clinic patients. The subjects of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Dynamics and Behavior Change as Determinants of the Impact of Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatment on HIV Transmission in the Context of the Rakai Trial

...and across a range of scenarios of HIV/STD transmission dynamics. The slight decline in STDs over time in simulations without behavior change indicates that HIV-attributable mortality contributes only modestly to the changing role of STDs. The... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Africa: Behavior Change in Generalized HIV Epidemics: Impact of Reducing Cross-Generational Sex and Delaying Age at Sexual Debut

...heterosexual HIV transmission to predict the population-level affect of reducing cross-generational sex and delaying sexual debut. Behavioral change's impact on HIV transmission is sensitive to the structure and reaction of the sexual network,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Social Marketing Used to Promote Behavior Change Related to HIV, Other Issues in Kenya

Several advertising organizations are conducting social marketing campaigns in Kenya that address the country's health and social issues -- including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and domestic abuse -- Kenya's Nation reports. Kenya's... Read more »
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Am I Infected

Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... Read more »

Late presenter......

Posted by Anonymous, 15 Replies
Hi. I have just been diagnosed in the last week. I had been feeling fairly rough the last few years, but I put it down to being severly overworked and having a few issues in my personal life. When I got my first set of meds, I was astonished. It... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10511-are-we-prescribing-hiv-drugs-properly.html Are We Prescribing HIV Drugs Properly? In cash-starved regions of the world, deciding who should get anti-retroviral drugs for HIV is a tough call. Now it... Read more »

HIV & STD's

Posted by Carrie, 3 Replies
My boyfriend who is poz was just at a dr appointment today because of a large growing lump they think is cancer in his lungs, and they suggested he also get tested for syphilis. He freaked and left the dr without having the tests for the lump or the... Read more »