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How Can Abstaining From Alcohol And Other Drugs Prevent Hiv Infection?

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International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care

The Role of Alcohol and Drug Relapse Prevention in the Treatment and Prevention of HIV Disease

Although HIV disease and alcohol and drug abuse are distinct illnesses, each profoundly affects the other. Alcohol and drug abuse have been associated with high-risk sexual behavior such as unprotected sexual activity. (1-7 ) Although the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dangerous Intersection of Drug Use and Sexual HIV Transmission Points to Critical Need for Comprehensive HIV Prevention Among Drug Users

Sharing needles for drug injection is a well known route of HIV transmission, yet injection drug use contributes to the epidemic's spread far beyond the circle of those who inject. People who have sex with an injection drug user (IDU) also are at... Read more »
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Reducing New HIV Infections by Half -- What Will it Take: Injection Drug Users

Current Statistics CDC estimates that injection drug use directly accounts for 25% of new HIV infections among men and women. IDUs, their partners and children account for at least 36% of all AIDS cases reported through 1999 and 31% of cases... Read more »
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Comment on "Abstain from sex for now?"

Hello, Bob.We are in virtually 100% agreement on almost all issues. (I visit your forum regularly.) Why would you not recommend abstinence during the first few weeks of HIV, when there is reliable reason to believe infection is indeed new, and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello H.,I've blocked out some of your original question to insure confidentiality but still allow me the opportunity to respond briefly to your concerns.You ask why I wouldn't recommend abstinence during the first few weeks of HIV... Read more »

Advisable to abstain from sex 3 months after risk? "window period"

sir, is it presumed (for the tests beyond window period) that the person getting tested has abstained from sex during the window period? if he has sex with safe partner in this period has he to wait clear 3 months again? ...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for the question,You're hitting on a nuance of testing advice. We usually say things like "all sexually active people should get tested on a regular basis" or "get tested for HIV 3 months after sex to get your... Read more »

Should we abstain from sex for now?

I am 44, had been monogamous with my husband 13 years, until an affair in late Dec./early Jan. when hubby and I separated for a short time. We got back together 1/13, and on 1/31 I got sick. Fever, extreme fatigue, malaise, rash on my chest,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Sorry to hear about your recent HIV diagnosis. Regarding HIV-transmission risk, it is true that "infectiousness" is higher when plasma HIV viral load is higher (and vice versa). At this point, you and your husband are a magnetic couple... Read more »


I've been in HIV meds for 4 mths now. Sustive;Emtriva;Vread and Virex. My liver GGt no's now are over 2000. My NH3 is very high/also protein levels. I'm taking Lactulose to reduce NH3 and reduce animal protein. I still drink alcohol...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
For you alcohol is poison! Stop it now! The Liver numbers are very high. You may be taking too much Videx (DDI) if you are taking Viread (tenofovir). With a bad liver I would also ask for a lactate level and if elevated stop the Videx. The elevated... Read more »
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Preventing the increasing rate of HIV infections

Posted by PeaceandLove, 3 Replies
So Ive been thinking about this for awhile and wanted to post this but wasnt sure if I should, but after reading an article today that I noticed on CNN, I thought it was a sign that I should post it. The article was basically about how HIV... Read more »

Anti viral drugs + alcohol

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is there any information that due to the effect of anti viral combination treatments that the liver& kidneys cannot process alcohol as quickly ? Read more »

Alcohols effect on progression

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am 27 and I was just diagnosed positive on March 4 of this year. I am trying to educate myself as much as possible and I have been reading a great deal about nutrition and it's effect on the progression of the disease. I, however, have not... Read more »