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How Long Does It Take To Be Affected By Hiv

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Recreational Drugs and HIV

How Does Recreational Drug Use Affect HIV? Recreational drug use can make people more likely to be infected by HIV. Also, for people taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs) to fight HIV, there can be some serious interactions between drugs and ARVs. These interactions can lead to under- or overdoses of ARVs or recreational drugs. Some of these may be fatal. Drugs And Getting Infected With HIV Drug and alcohol use increases the likelihood...
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Long term affects of newborn treatment

My adopted son was born to an HIV positive mother, tested positive at birth, was treated, has tested negative twice. Now that we can rest easy about his HIV status, are there any later side affects or other health risks related to his early...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Good questions. There have been some studies (mostly from Europe) noting some evidence for persistant mitochondrial toxicity in babies exposed to AZT during gestation/post delivery. The vast majority of infants have done well after such exposure... Read more »

how long have I been affected

i found out that I was hiv+ Feb of this year! My cd-4 count is 667 and my viral load is 657. My doctor says that I may have been affected about one and half to two years ago! Could this be true? I am trying to narrow it down to the source of how I...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
It is really impossible to say when exactly you were infected. Your low viral load makes it even more probable you could have been infected many many years ago since CD4 cell counts drop very slowly at low viral load levels. The good news is that... Read more »

RE:how long have I been affected

I know that there is no way to find out how long I have been affected, but how long can I look forward to and how long can i stay off meds. also, when i got my lab work back, i tested negative for hiv-1 antigen! what does that mean?? (my cd 4 count...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
It is difficult, if not impossible to accurately predict when someone was infected with HIV (save for those who are acutely infected).A negative HIV antigen in your situation (positive antibody and viral load) probably is reflective of your very low... Read more »

How long for the immune system to become affected by virus?

Hello i have a question. This past weekend i noticed a rash on my palm, and on monday i went with a dermatologist and she said it was herpes simplex 1. She said that it was strange to see herpes on the palm of the hand. She also mention about...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
No, if you were infected 6 months ago, you would not develop symptoms like Herpes due to HIV so quickly. However, Herpes infection can occur in people who are HIV negative. It is unusual on the palm. If your concerned about HIV, you should get... Read more »
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for hiv- people with long lasting symptoms

Posted by Jambasher, 4 Replies
And for anyone interested. Its my first post. Great site, helping probably millions of people. Wonderful work!

This is maybe not the right place to do this but still:

There seem to be the rather frequent occasion of people suffering from long lasting... Read more »

I have MS so would it affect the test results?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
All,

I have mild MS and i had a recent exposure with a woman of unknown status. It was unprotected oral and vaginal sex. It's been almost three months and I want to get tested. However, I've read that MS could cause my body to not produce antibodies.... Read more »

Gonorrhea Affecting CD4 & Viral Load Count

Posted by jjdietz, 3 Replies
Hello,

I was diagnosed with gonorrhea last Saturday. I was given a shot and I'm taking medication. I'm feeling alot better, but I have to finish my medication for another week.

As of April, 2012, my CD4 count was over 2,000 and my viral load was less... Read more »

7/9, New York, NY: Spiritual HIV Support Dinner Forum for all affected by HIV and AIDS

Posted by bartleby
Spiritual HIV Support Dinner Forum for all affected by HIV and AIDS
Monday, July 9
6:30pm - 9:00pm
The Riverside Church NYC
90 Claremont Avenue, Room 10T
New York, NY

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm / Light Refreshments and Networking
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 90 Minute... Read more »