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Men On The Down Low

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Media Examine African-American Men on "Down Low"

The Washington Post today examines black men on the "down low," an expression that describes black men who have sex with men but who never mention their male relationships to their female sex partners, friends or family members. In the black... Read more »
Black AIDS Institute

HIV in Black Women: It's Not About Men on the Down Low

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, media hype about men on the so-called down low prompted considerable finger-pointing in the Black community. A series of high-profile newspaper and magazine articles were written in response to a widely... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Questions and Answers: Men on the Down Low

What Are the Origins of This Term Down Low and What Does It Refer To? The most generic definition of the term down low , or DL , is "to keep something private," whether that refers to information or activity. The term is often used to describe... Read more »
Ask the Experts

low down of fat recovery

Dear Dr MoyleWhat is the low down on fat recovery? There seems to be conflicting opinions on it. What is the current data so far regarding treatment switches or drugs to avoid? Has fat actually recovered in patients?ThanksThanks...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
It can recover. There are 3 studies which have shown fat recovery in persons switching from d4T or AZT to Abacavir where fat mass in the limbs recovered slowly (but surely) over time. No other treatments for lipodystrophy have shown limb fat... Read more »

Low pill count. What's the Down Side?

I tested positive in 11/01 and have been very good with taking my meds. I currently have an "undetectable viral load" and am on a combination that includes Sustiva, Videx EC and Viread - all once a day. Taking these pills once a day is...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Not too good to be true. We now have very simple, low pill count, once daily regimens. Indeed, look for the 600 mg one pill, daily efavirenz in the near future. The biggest challenges for these newer regimens are to understand the patterns of... Read more »

CD4 down but % up but still low

Hello Doc, Thanks for all your help and time.Started Atripla March 2013 no problems.Results in Sept 2013,Cd4= 495,VL= undetectable,CD4%= 15%. Results in Mar 2014 CD4= 404, VL= undetectable,CD4% = 18%.I am healthy and no illness nothing at all. I...
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 concerned. The absolute CD4 count is a calculated product of the total lymphocyte count and the percentage of lymphocytes that are CD4 lymphocytes determined by a flow cytometry. There are numerous sources of variability among the measured... Read more »

VERY WELL ,VIRAL LOAD DOWN BUT CD4 LOW

DR MARK,I WAS DEDECTED HIV+ IN 1997 WITH ONLY CD4 COUNTS AT 44. AFTER THE TREATMENT OF AZT,DDI AND NORVIR,I AM VERY WELL AND MY VIRAL LOAD TESTED 5 TIMES SHOWED: (1)550 (2)650(3)3600 AND TWO TIMES INDETATABLE. BUT MY CD4 COUNTS IS NOT GOOD AT ALL...
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
You did not say how long you have been on this regimen. It sounds like you have had a wonderful response with respect to viral load reduction. Your T cells have doubled. It's not great, but it is something. Sometimes is may take several months... Read more »
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These Guys On The Down Low

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
They live on the down low says J.L. King, author of the Down Low.

Well in the African American community this lifestyle is completely off the hook.

These are men who have sex with men and women---whether they are married, have a girlfriend or just a... Read more »

On the Down Low...Myth or Reality?

Posted by faithandlove, 1 Reply
Hello Everyone, I don't know, but I hope their might be some other women out there in my situation so that we can talk, share, vent, and even scream if we want to about this subject of the "Down Low" men in the African American community.

First, I... Read more »

gay men are more clever!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
thats why im asking here.!i had like lots of tests,what is the chances of getting through bdna,dna pcr,and various antibody checks till 12months.would i be a freak if i converted now?would it be very rare.ive been unwell,with high liver enzymes,and... Read more »

putting men at risk?

Posted by swuitninnacent, 9 Replies
I havent been able to find much information on how easy it is for a woman to infect her male partner. I'm hoping someone has some good true factual info?? I've heard that its common and easy for a man to infect his partner but very difficult for a... Read more »