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How Long Should One Wait Before Starting HIV Meds

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Ask the Experts

long term HIV meds

I am in a lot of pain daily. Bones feel liked there breakin all lab work come out good. Can this pain be caused by the 13 years on HIV meds?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Bone or diffuse pain is common in general population and may be more common on HIV+ persons. Many factors can contribute so a through assessment looking a bone/joint/muscle health is recommended (work up may Read more »

long term effects of hiv meds

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Project Inform

What You Should Know About When to Start and What Meds to Use

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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

...positive pregnancy. Let your doctor know that guidelines exist for the care of HIV positive women during pregnancy. CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange, or 1-800-263-1638) can direct your doctor to the most... Read more »
Project Inform

IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

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Labwork, Lymphnodes and Meds

Posted by Iwonder, 1 Reply
... I am a 25yo male who tested positive in April, I know for a fact I contracted HIV in March. A week before I got tested in April my lymph nodes began to swell on both sides of my jaw and and under my jaw, after Read more »

Having trouble staying med compliant

Posted by longislandfuzz, 6 Replies
...meds? Was looking to find a Med buddy/peer" that would check in to make sure that I have taken them and just to talk to about HIV and related issues, but the area where I live is pretty sparce with available people. I basically am dealing with... Read more »

Starting meds for the first time.

Posted by glowstixboyoh, 15 Replies
...right now. I was diagnosed poz on march first of this year. I just got my lab results back and people think I should start meds. Its seems to them the virus is newly aquired, but it also looks like my immune system was low to start out with. ... Read more »

Starting Medication

Posted by flekkzz, 1 Reply
...Hello everyone I am HIV positive for over two years now but still not taking any meds when I was first tested my CD4 is 878 VL of 140,000 my doctor waited Read more »