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How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested After Wrestling

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HIV Testing

... What Is HIV Testing? How Do I Get Tested? Who Should Get Tested? When Should I Get Tested? Do Any Tests Work Sooner After Infection? What Does It Mean if I Test Positive? Are the Test Results Confidential? How Accurate Are the Tests?
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a big woohooo

About 7 months ago i had a brief encounter of the risky kind, in Bangkok. unprotected Oral and protected vaginal sex with a prostitute. Since that day i have been completely freaked out and convinced i had contracted HIV. i had several symptoms that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...( Both are warmly appreciated.As for the Bush gags, well we'd all be better of if someone had gagged him long ago! Don't you think we all deserve a president who is fluent in at least one language? It seems every day... Read more »

latex or not - can one tell?

Dr. Bob,Thank you for the wonderful and comprehensive work you do, especially in your forums.My question which I have not managed to locate within the archives is as follows. I had penetrative vaginal sex with a sex worker at a spa 4 weeks ago now....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...workers need to protect themselves from whatever STDs their clients might have. Otherwise they wouldn't stay in business very long. I have no doubt your sex worker used a latex condom. They are the most cost effective and protect not only against... Read more »

Kivexa vs. Truvada

Hi,Greetings from Canada. My CD4 count hovers around 250 and my VL is 35,000. My doctor has informed me that I should start thinking about medication. He suggests that I start with the once daily Truvada + Sustiva. The government sponsored drug...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
My own personal preference is to not start on too many drugs that have some overlapping toxicities at once if there are other options available (for example abacavir and efavirenz are good drugs together but both can cause early rashes and it can be... Read more »

College student confused...

Hey, I used to have HIV, until I was put on a cocktail of medicines and ever since then there is no trace of the disease in my blood stream. I have always hesitated being physical with anyone. Well recently I had my first kiss, last night actually....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Merely exposing someone to HIV you don't have to have actually transmitted the virus can land you in jail! So in these states, as long as you know you're HIV-positive, you can be arrested just for having sex and not disclosing. These laws, as you... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...cells. When CD4 cells multiply to fight an infection, they also make more copies of HIV. When someone is infected with HIV for a long time, the number of CD4 cells they have (their CD4 cell count) goes down. This is a sign that the immune system... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...test, which can be "negative" for 2 to 6 months after HIV infection. (See Fact Sheet 102 for more information on HIV antibody testing.) For prognosis , viral load can help predict how long someone will stay healthy. The higher the viral load,... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...lower costs, which is why their tests are free or low-cost. It is the transit (turnaround) time, not the actual test that takes longer. Some people with high anxiety about exposure may be tempted to use this faster service. Testing Issues... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Resistance Testing

... What Is Resistance? How Does Resistance Develop? Types of Resistance Phenotypic Testing Genotypic Testing Virtual Phenotype Cross-Resistance Problems With Resistance Testing What Is Resistance? HIV is Read more »
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He/she is love or not to love.

Posted by mandaree23, 10 Replies
...they should do about the person they are in love with due to the fact that they are HIV+. I want to say that anyone who has tested positive for HIV/AIDS is a person, no different than those of us who are fortunate enough to not have contracted... Read more »

Newly diagnosed. Need to chat, find support

Posted by Amadoda, 6 Replies
I was diagnosed in February and went through I guess all the usual reactions. More anxiety/fear, depression etc etc. Started meds (due to High viral load close to 200 000 and low CD4 around 100)and it seems like I almost immediately started to feel... Read more »

Disclosure-Round #2 = TKO

Posted by Choosing2Liv, 5 Replies
...make things bearable for her. At one point the receptionist looked at me as asked if my wife spoke English. The ride home was long. Every song on the radio or CD player addressed a part of our situation. I turned to talk radio and their... Read more »

My husband was sick with PCP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...get better? Will he get worse? Will he tolerate the drugs (AZT,3TC, and Crixivan)? (AND WHERE did he get HIV?!) And to go along with all this, I have to work, take care of my husband, the kids, the house, the yard, and find a little time for... Read more »