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Hiv Steps To Treatment

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HIV & Me: A Woman's Guide to Living With HIV: Step 8 - Dealing With HIV Treatment

You've made the commitment to begin treatment and settled on your first HIV medication regimen. To ensure that your meds keep working, you'll need to take the exact dose and exact number of pills in your regimen on time, every time. But there may be... Read more »

HIV & Me: A Woman's Guide to Living With HIV: Step 5 - Learning About HIV Treatment

Your HIV-positive test result only lets you know that you've been infected with HIV. To find out if it's time to get HIV treatment, you'll have to visit a health care provider and get two additional tests. Most HIV-positive people can live many... Read more »

HIV & Me: A Woman's Guide to Living With HIV: Step 7 - Choosing the Right HIV Treatment

Doctors have not yet discovered a single combination of HIV medications that's best for everyone. Each combination has its advantages and disadvantages. For people who are starting on their first HIV treatment combination, each treatment regimen... Read more »
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New big step?

HelloCould you detail the potential consequences of what is presented in France as a new possible huge step in the hiv...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.The French group have identified a protein, called human phosphate binding protein, that appears to inhibit HIV growth in the test tube. (Though I find it interesting that as of this point, there are no English-language... Read more »

Do I need to take another step to determine my status?

Dear Dr. Bob, I read your thoughtful reply to Ms. Smarty Pants. I thought I'd ask your advice on whether I needed to take another step to determine my HIV status. As I have outlined in previous fearful emails, I had a severe and long-lasting...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Janie,A dozen negative HIV-antibody tests, normal T-cell subsets, undetectable quantitative RNA PCR and qualitative DNA PCR out to 22 years (22 years!!!) and you're still worrying about HIV??? Janie, my dear, you may have just set a new... Read more »

Best next step...

Hello Doctors!I am hiv+ for 9-1/2 years. From 6 to about 3 years ago, I took d4t, 3tc and viracept. About 3 years ago when beginning to have marked withdrawl in the face (and limbs)my doctor removed the viracept. The condition has not changed...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question and comments.If I understand your question, you are currently on d4T and 3TC with an undetectable viral load and CD4 count greater than 1000. The complication of lipoatrophy (fat wasting) is especially troubling to many... Read more »

Best first steps

I recently was diagnosed as HIV POS, my first tests revealed undetectable viral load and cd4 0f 600. Six weeks later my viral load was 1500 and mt cd 4 was at 703. Should I try to put off meds as long as possible, or begin them. I have a follow up...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
The general recommendations regarding starting therapy are to wait on treatment with CD4 counts above 350 unless there are HIV-related symptoms. Given you excellent numbers - low viral load and high CD4 count, your specialist will probably suggest... Read more »
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2 steps back (emotionally)

Posted by ai77, 4 Replies
Hi all. Just want to warn you that if you're feeling kind of down, you might not want to read on. I have to release some of my frustration and fear, don't really have anywhere else I feel comfortable doing it.

Today one of my nurses called and... Read more »

I made the first stepped

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I finally called a local clinic to ask about HIV testing and to see when it is offered. Now, all I have to do is go in and take the damn test instead of worrying all the time about it. I posted earlier this week about a sexual relationship I had... Read more »

Step 1: Finally got tested!

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Well its been over three months since my last sexual encounter with a woman. I finally got the balls to go buy a home access hiv-1 test kit and sent out the sample blood this past friday( took a load off my chest just by getting it done). I don't... Read more »

Stepped on a nail

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Can yout get hiv from stepping on a nail?
I've had a tetanus shot recently.

Thanks! Read more »