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How Long Can Hiv Stay In A Drop Of Blood

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Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

Introduction Lab tests, or blood work, can give important clues about your overall health and HIV disease. Many of these tests should be done shortly after learning that you're HIV-positive. This will establish a "baseline" measure of your immune health and show how active HIV is. Knowing this information will help you watch for changes in your health over time as well as check the impact of any treatments that you take. Factors such as age,...
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Keep immune system up or stay of meds til drop?

Dr. Pierone: My son is HIV+ 1+ years and doing great. On meds from beginning with CD4 now at 1400 and Viral load 0 (never knew what his true numbers were). I spoke with his Dr. the other day about the controversy of staying on meds from the get...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
We don't know the best approach for your son's situation. We are attempting to weigh the potential costs (side effects) of antiretroviral therapy versus the potential benefits and we don't have the data to fully inform us on this... Read more »

How Long can you stay undectable

Hi Dr. Wohl I was dignosed with HIV in Feb 2005. I have been on antiviral drugs for the last year and I am now undectable. I was wondering how long will I have to stay on meds and if i can come off of them how long will I stay undetectable. My last...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
If you continue to take your HIV meds faithfully your viral load can stay undetectable for years. On the other hand, if you stop your meds the virus will pop back up within days. I tell my patients that HIV therapy is like stepping down on a snake... Read more »

How Long Should I Stay Off Drugs

Until May 20, I was treated with HAART, (Viracept, Epivir, Zerit) for more than four years. My original baseline CD4 950, and baseline viral load was 5,000. Thereafter, with one or two blips, my viral load was undetectable (less than 50) and Mr CD4...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
I would not be too concerned about a CD4 decline of 200 in the face of a count over 1000. Given all the potential side effects, I favor not being on HIV meds unless one is symptomatic from HIV or has a CD4 count less than around 300. The choice is... Read more »

How Long Can I Stay On A Drug Holiday?

Due to fatigue, I would like to take a drug holiday so I can catch up on much needed apartment renovations. How long is a safe drug holiday? Is two months okay? What are the risks? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,"Drug holidays" sound like fun, but in reality they can be quite dangerous and are strongly not recommended. See below. Also review the additional information in the archives pertaining to treatment interruptions.Rather than risk... Read more »
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Stay Strong Stay Strong -you may be negative.

Posted by magnum, 1 Reply
I have delayed getting tested for 10 years.

I am a black male. I had unprotected sex with a sex worker in Atlanta, and contracted gonorrhea in 1999.

One week later I got the worst sore throat I ever had.

Four years later, I got post nasal drip from... Read more »

How long before CD 4 drops

Posted by goloka, 2 Replies
If you are recently infected, how long before your CD 4 is droped and WBC and CD 8 is up and ratio is inverted ?

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for how long and some questions...

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
1) If one gets into its hand a small, very small drop of blood or precum or semen and stays with it for about 1 minute in the open air and then touches its eye or a mucuous membrane can he/she get infected?
2) Do you really have to see and feel the... Read more »