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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

Introduction What Is Inflammation? What Is IRIS? How Is It Diagnosed? Who Is at Risk? What Are the Symptoms? How Do You Treat IRIS? What Can Help to Ask My Doctor? Special Concerns for People Living With HIV Special Concerns for Women, Children and People Over 50 What Does the Research Show? Commentary Introduction It's a mouthful of a phrase, but immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) is a serious...
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Dont know what is happening

I am currently pregnant- about eight months. During one of my visits to the doc, I was given an HIV test- I do not know if it was Elissa or WB. However, I was told that it was positive. However, my Viral load was okay and CD4 count was fine. I have...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
I would strongly advise you to very quickly get a second opinion with a doctor who is very experienced with HIV disease. (Check with your health department.) It is important to take the actual lab reports with you, so the doctor can help your... Read more »

what happens when cd4/cd8 ratio is 0.24

sir, i am hiv-2 positive patient and also affected with TB (which has been treated recently before 3 months).taking treatment for hiv ,before my cd4 and cd8 ratio was 0.49 but now it has been drastically changed to as belownow my cd4 cells-177and...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
I am not clear as to whether you are currently receiving TB and HIV meds and what your CD4 count was before. If so, it might be a drug reaction causing a decline in your cell count. On the other hand, if your CD4 count has not changed, but just your... Read more »

Can My Doctor Refuse Treating My HIV

I'm a hetero married HIV+ patient and a Pulmonary Hypertension patient. However when I was diagnosed with HIV I began seeing an Infectious Disease doctor to begin treatment of my HIV. My wife is HIV- and she goes with me to all my doctors...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello Nathan and thanks for posting.Sounds like you've had challenges in communication with your care providers- yes, with that very low CD4 and viral load it was indeed time to start medications. Indeed, HIV medications are now recommended... Read more »

Treating HIV in all body compartments

Hello doctors. Just wondering what your thoughts are about choosing a regimen that is effective in all body compartments. Does such a regimen exist? Can you please provide a list of potential drug combinations that would do this. I have done a...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I very much applaud your enthusiasm and the amount of research you have done. As you state, there are theoretical advantages to regimens that can target HIV in different areas of the body where HIV can reside. Although trying to hit the virus in... Read more »
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Has anyone had this happen?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Four months ago my rectum began to bleed and became swollen to the point where it keeps me from going to the bathroom on a regular basis. In response to me not going to the bathroom, my appetite has been cut in half and over the course of four... Read more »

Testing Nightmare - Has this happened to any of ya

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi all,

I took an HIV test at a local planned-parenthood last Monday (had to wait around for 2 1/2 hours). Well I go in to get my results ... the girl at the counter says it will be 20minutes. Well ... an HOUR goes by and I go up to her and ask her... Read more »

AbacavirLamivudine to treat HIV infection.

Posted by jenniferdraper
AbacavirLamivudine is used to treat HIV infection. This combination medication is used with other medications. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Read more »