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List And Describe Different Effects AIDS Can Have On An Individual?

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St. John's Wort (Hypericin)

What Is St. John's Wort? What Are the Benefits of St. John's Wort? Why Do People With HIV Use St. John's Wort? How Is St. John's Wort Used? What Are the Side Effects? How Does It Interact With Other Therapies? The Bottom Line What Is St. John's Wort? St. John's Wort is a flowering plant. ("Wort" is an old English word for an herb or plant.) It grows in many parts of the world. Its scientific name is hypericum perforatum. All of the...
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Financial planning for the HIV+ individual

Hello, I was recently diagnosed as HIV+ and am looking for a good reference on financial planning for the HIV+ individual. Of course this has changed the way i view every aspect of my life and I need guidance on how to plan accordingly regarding...
Steve Berg

Response from Steve Berg

Insurance & Benefits Advocate AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)
Chad, unfortunately, I don't have a referral for you and financial planning is not my expertise. Have you contacted your local AIDS Service Organization for referrals? You might want to check the advertisments in your local gay publications or... Read more »

Losing individual insurance coverage

I am losing my BCBS of FL coverage paid by FL Aids Insurance Continuation Program as of 6/30/2012 because I have Medicare A, B & D. I called several Medigap providers and was told I cannot purchase their plans because of my HIV/AIDS pre-existing...
Jacques Chambers, C.L.U.

Response from Jacques Chambers, C.L.U.
Every state is having to deal with reduced funding and each state tries to accommodate it differently, and, unfortunately someone always suffers when funds are cut (assuming you're in the 99% with most of us). Moving from individual health... Read more »

Describe your first time experience

Hello Shannon. First of all I'm sorry to know that you've been living with HIV for last 20 years but my question to you is what were your early symptoms and how long did it take to show up since your exposure to HIV?...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThanks for your question.Everyone experience symptoms and signs of HIV differently. If you have a specific question about HIV or from your own experience I will be happy to answer it for you.Be well and stay safe, Shannon... Read more »

Describe CD4

Could someone please explain what CD4 is exactly in simple terms? Also, what is a normal CD4 in a non-HIV infected individual? Thank you....
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
CD4 refers to a type of t lymphocyte, responsible for helping contain various infections. The CD4 refers to a receptor (a molecule) on the surface of the cell that we use to identify this type of cell. It also is the receptor that HIV uses to attach... Read more »
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Please describe symptoms

Posted by Anonymous
After reading through all these questions and storys of people worrying over symtptoms they have, I was wondering if anyone with HIV could share any symptoms they had before they got tested? I can research the internet for hours and all I can find... Read more »

Looking for HIV positive/AIDS individuals to model

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm a photography student located on Long Island, in NY. I'm doing an editorial project on individuals living with HIV/AIDS. I would like to compassionately photograph you in your natural environment, as well as possibly in the studio. I... Read more »

What are the words to describe what has happened

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Dear Anybody:

My name is Rosa. I am 41 years old, black, fat, and depressed. It is the fact that I am depressed which prompts me to ask for the words which describes what has happened to me?

Before you answer, let me give you a little history. Five... Read more »

Would you take 15 minutes to help change the life of another HIV positive individual?

Posted by adamneedsupport, 1 Reply
Hello everyone, my name is Adam and I am a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate trying to finish his dissertation. This is the last step I need to complete before receiving my degree. I have been HIV positive since the age of 16 and have struggled... Read more »