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Is Diarrhea A Sign Of 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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Hi,What is chronic diarrhea?I am a 27 year old female.I have been getting diarrhea for the last 6 months now and it concerns me. I only get it once every 3 daysand only first thing in the morning. The rest of my stools are normal in between. Is hiv...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
This would be a very unusual presenting sign of HIV; you should consult with your physician.JLS.... Read more »

Bowel Inflammation, Diarrhea Dehydration and Weight Loss

My dear friend has had bleeding from the rectum for some time and has to go to the restroom about every 20 minutes. A recent colonoscopy revealed patches of inflammation throughout the colon from the anus on up. The Dr. suspects hiv and there is a...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Dear Concerned,The diarrhea sounds serious. Over the counter imodium will help and you can usually take more than the package states. The best re-hydrating solution is gatorade, whatever color he likes! Your MD should also consider colitis, not... Read more »

What type of diarrhea is this?

03/99 tested positive: VL 49,000 and CD4 183 (15%). Mostly asymptomatic, except for molluscum contagiosum and zoster once.04/99 began HAART: 3tc, abacavir, efavirenz03/00 increasingly good results: VL <13 and CD4 427 (25%)06/00 things have gotten...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It's impossible to know for certain without a stool test, but the 'bad' diarrheal OIs tend to happen at CD4 cell counts much lower than yours. You may well have picked up some germ from sexual contact or from food. If your symptoms... Read more »

Endless diarrhea

I have been positive for 2.5yrs, on treatment (sustiva+kivexa) for 8months and have been plagued by diarrhea for about 18months. I have tried all of the following-stool tests (several!) for parasites, none found-removed wheat and lactose from my...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I assume you have tried a lactose free diet or lactase supplements as well?? Any other meds you are taking that could aggravate your loose stools (such as some antidepressants). In cases like yours I would often consider a planned switch to an... Read more »
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diarrhea - sign of recent infection?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have had a few encounters with other men over the past few months. Giving and getting fellatio without taking cum(although maybe precum) and kissing and having analingus performed on me. That is it, nothing else. Anyway, I have developed really... Read more »

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 »

My doctor is refusing to treat my HIV until I sign

Posted by Garth, 2 Replies
Hello world,
As a newly diagnosed HIV gay man, living in Edmonton Alberta, ( diagnosed 1 year now) I am facing what I beleive to be discrimination and bullying by my doctor. My counts when first diagnosed were CD4 500 and viral load 16,000. Over... 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 »