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St. John's Wort (Hypericin)

What Is St. John's Wort? What Are the Benefits of St. John's Wort? Why Do People With HIV Use St. John's Wort? How Is St. John's Wort Used? What Are the Side Effects? How Does It Interact With Other Therapies? The Bottom Line What Is St. John's Wort? St. John's Wort is a flowering plant. ("Wort" is an old English word for an herb or plant.) It grows in many parts of the world. Its scientific name is hypericum perforatum. All of the...
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Personality effects of HIV

I have a very close relative that has had HIV since the 1980s. I don't know if it has moved over to full blown AIDS. He is ill and extremely thin. He used to be loving and caring and now hates all of his family including me. Is it the HIV/...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
It could be a number of things. It is true that HIV affects the brain and can cause changes in thinking and personality. Some of the infections that complicate HIV (such as toxoplasmosis and syphilis as examples) can do the same thing. But quite... Read more »

AIDS Vaccine for HIV + Persons

Dr. Wohl,I have a very stable viral load and high cd4 count. Not requiring treatment for a while. I am curious as to whether you believe that say in the next 10 years we may have an effective vaccine that will prevent the onset of AIDS in hiv +...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Dear Marco-A therapeutic HIV vaccine is possible and maybe will help augment immune responses to the virus. This may actually be the most sucessful application of an HIV vaccine in the near term. DW... Read more »

How long can a person live with HIV/AIDS?

What is the longest time that someone has lived with the AIDS virus active in their body? does HIV always turn into AIDS? Is it possible for a person with AIDS or HIV to live a full long life? What is the average life span?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. At this time, we cannot say what is the longest amount of time a person can live with HIV. This is because there are some people who have been infected for many years (since the epidemic was first recognized in... Read more »

can a person go from aids back to hiv

if i was diagnoised with aids with a low CD4 count placed on the meds and now have been undetectable with a high CD4 count for over 7 years, can i go from having aids back to just having hiv? will i have a longer more normal life?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Although you can not go from an "AIDS" diagnosis back to "HIV positive," this will not affect your morbidity or mortality. See below. Dr. BobChemo and CD-4 counts (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2009) Jun 22, 2009I am a... Read more »
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what to eat for HIV/AIDS person?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi all,

I understand that I should eat BETTER... But I really don't know what are the good meals/food for HIV/AIDS people? Any anybody share your experience with me?

And what kind exercise do you guys do? I feel my body is very senstive to... Read more »

Ever wondered why so few HIV+ post personal ads?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
If you have ever wondered why so few of the 1.9 million diagnosed HIV+ post ads on dating sites view this link too web page it might open a possible idea on the subject.
http://www.geocities.com//rvhobo1954/page1 Read more »

Looking for personal stories for HIV class THANKS!

Posted by collegestudent, 2 Replies
I'm currently taking a course on HIV and have also recently bought a great book by Carl Zimmer called "A Planet of Viruses." I have grown increasingly interested in the HIV and for my final project I would love to get some personal stories on coping... Read more »

New to HIV. A Few (personal) Questions.

Posted by StillSearching, 2 Replies
After getting incredibly sick and landing in the hospital I was diagnosed with HIV last month. I simply couldn't believe the doctors when they told me I could still live a normal life and that I didn't need to worry. But the more I researched,... Read more »