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How Long Does Diarrhea Last I Hiv

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Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Gut Basics The Gut and HIV Diarrhea and HIV Coping With Diarrhea Nausea, Vomiting and Loss of Appetite Gas, Bloating and Heartburn Taking Care of Yourself Gut Basics The gut includes the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, andanus. It is also called the gastrointestinal or GI tract. The gut plays an important role in keeping you healthy. It is where food isdigested and nutrients absorbed...
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HIV Diarrhea

Dear Dr,How long since infection would a HIV+ person, who is not on medication, normally experience diarrhea, and what are the characteristics of the conditions? Thank you and Merry X'mas and Happy New Year....
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
There are many causes of diarrhea in a person with HIV, some serious some not so serious. Evaluation is mandatory!Opportunistic infections of the GI tract typically cause diarrhea. These include parasites such as cryptosporidia (picked up in... Read more »

re: Is diarrhea from HIV med inevitable?

To the person who asked this question: I was terrified for so long to take hiv meds - terrified of the side effects, diarrhea, fat displacement - you name it...i was terrified - so much so I nearly died from PCP complications. I let myself get so...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Patrick, Thanks for your post and inspiring words. BY... Read more »

HIV Diarrhea is ruining my life!

Dear Dr,I am 31 and have been HIV for a very long time, practically growing up with it. I have always been healthy and never gotten sick until recently over the past 2 years. On and off I have had bad diarrhea. More on then off. It is horrible. I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I assume you have an an extensive GI work-up including looking for lactose deficiency, gluten sensitivity, parasites, etc? There are a number of new HIV medications soon to be available (such as the Merck integrase inhibitor) that should have quite... Read more »

Management of diarrhea

Are there long term affects in the use of standostatin? If there is what are they, and how long can it be used? Is it better or no difference to use opium tincture? I have a patient who has 3 t-cells, cryptococcus, v/l over 150,000 and can not take...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Fortunately I haven't had to use Sandostatin much recently but your questions brings back old memories for 5-10 years ago. Sandostatin used over a long time period is associated with a high rate of biliary/gall bladder problems (@ 12 months... Read more »
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Hey there everyone. FIrst of all i wanted to say I appreciate what everyone does in this forum, supporting each other and giving confort. I hope it will remain this way for ever since it brings ALOT of relief to people who worry about HIV, including... Read more »

never-ending diarrhea

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
hi, i had a possible exposure from unprotected sex just over 3 months ago. After a month i had many symptoms of seroconversion (not diarrhea though). Now, after three months i've experienced diarrhea for almost 2 weeks straight! I haven't been in... Read more »

diarrhea in hiv

Posted by anonymous123, 3 Replies
can diarrhea be the only symptom for hiv or do u have to have multiple symptoms? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I live in Los Angeles and has HIV since 1982, I've had diarrhea for three weeks and got on a vitamin supplement with herbs, probiotics,colon cleanser, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidents and enzymes. My diarrhea went away in one and a half days and I... Read more »