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How To Manage Diarrhea And Hiv

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Diarrhea and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Diarrhea and HIV How Does Diarrhea Affect the Body? Treating Your Diarrhea Taking Care of Yourself Diarrhea and HIV Diarrhea is one of the most common problems for people living with HIV(HIV+). It can affect as many as 80 percent of HIV+ people. While diarrheacaused by advanced HIV disease has decreased, many HIV+ people have diarrheafrom their HIV drugs. Diarrhea occurs when you have bowel movements more...
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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 »

Chronic Diarrhea

I have had chronic diarrhea for 4 months now. Nothing in my diet has changed, I went off dairy for 4 days, and off my Truvada/Sustiva for 6 days with no change. I had a colonoscopy and everything looks fine. I just realized that when the diarrhea...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Stopping Sustiva at the same time as your other HIV medications runs a significant risk for the development of resistance to Sustiva so one has to be very careful (involve your HIV specialist) when that is done. I assume you have been checked for... Read more »

Will cornstarch stop diarrhea

I have heard of people eating corn starch, mixed with water, to control diarrhea. Is this a good option or just an elaborate excuse for pica? ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The forum is for the discussion of side effects of HIV treatment. What is your HIV status and which HIV drugs are you taking. Management of diarrhea in the setting of HIV treatment depends on numerous individual factors. KH... Read more »


I've been having a heck of the time w/Diarrhea which my doc said was diet related. However I tend to disagree as it seems whatever I eat, I still have it or at least gut gurglings! Any suggestion as how to combat this? It is having a major...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
What is your HIV status and which HIV medications are you taking.?... Read more »
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Morning diarrhea and other issues.. a sign?

Posted by worried_dude, 2 Replies
Right, so here is what happened.

About 10 weeks back, whilst on holiday, I had sex with a sex worker. At the end of the session, I withdrew and was shocked to see that the condom had totally slipped off; it was inside the girl. I immediately washed... 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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
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 »