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Once Exposed How Quickly Does HIV Disease Progress

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Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) Fact Sheet

What Are the Symptoms? How Do You Diagnose PML? How Do You Treat PML? Potent Anti-HIV Therapy Cytosine Arabinoside (Ara-C) Experimental Treatments Commentary The Bottom Line PML is a rare AIDS-related condition of the brain, caused by the JC virus. World wide, more than 4 in 5 adults are exposed to this virus, but it only causes disease in people with weakened immune systems. Before AIDS, PML was rarely seen except in people with...
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VL and HIV disease progression

Hi Dr. Holodniy:I seroconverted last fall ('99) and my current numbers are CD4 >700 and vl 150K, this is down from the first test when the vl was 750K! My doctors think I may not yet have reached my "set point" for the viral load,...
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
Your viral load would be considered quite high. In natural history studies and in the absence of treatment, this kind of viral load would be associated with a very high risk of AIDS progression. There is no association to my knowledge between flu... Read more »

Effect of alcohol on efficacy of HIV meds &on disease progression

I have AIDS. I have not had alcohol since my diagnosis 8 months ago, at which time I began taking HEART meds. Would it be okay to have one glass of wine with dinner every 2-4 weeks? Even if the risks to my health are low w/ 1-2 glasses a month, what...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Drinking too much alcohol can weaken your immune system, which means that you will have a harder time fighting off AIDS-related infections. A weaker immune system also increases the chance that you will experience side effects from your HIV... Read more »

disease progression and life expectancy

I am one of the unfortunate infected that was not diagnosed until an aids defining infection occured while at a cd4 count of zero and a viral load near the million mark. I began HAART shortly after and have struggled with fatigue, abdominal...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,None of us have an infallible crystal ball to accurately predict the future. However, what I can do is remark that if your CD4 count was zero, your viral load at the 1 million mark and you had an AIDS-defining opportunistic infection at the... Read more »

Husband Dentist Exposed to HIV on Job Yesterday

Dr. Bob,My husband is a dentist and was exposed to HIV while drilling a patient's tooth. Blood/saliva squirted into his eye (he was not wearing his protective eyewear. The patient was HIV positive (as noted in his file, which my husband did...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Concerned Wife,Your husband told you "the doctor would have looked at him like he was stupid, since they both know so much about how the disease progresses"???? Hmm. One wonders why the same doctor didn't give him a similar look... Read more »
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disease progression timeline?

Posted by suspicious, 1 Reply
my husband was diganosed and his cd4 count was 85, cannot remember the viral load. 3 years ago before we got married he said he was tested and it was negative, i did not actually see test results...& i know that was where i went wrong. he did... Read more »

Exposed to HIV 4 days ago & need advice

Posted by jnewt79, 1 Reply
I am trying to be pragmatic about this, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't incredibly distressed. 4 days ago, I met man online for sex. I asked him his status, and he told me he was negative. We kissed a lot (tongue in mouth) and then I gave... Read more »

When exposed to HIV you are exposed HEP also?

Posted by Anonymous
I heard this is true because most people with HIV are coinfected with Hep. This means that the window period is at least 6 months, right? Anyway, if you have more questions go to and FEAR of HIV forum. Ask them the window period fo... Read more »