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Potential Long Term Effects Of Hiv Infection

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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PEP long term effects vs. Risk

18 days ago, I had two separate sexual incidents on the same day. One was unprotected receptive anal sex (condom break) with person A, the other was mutual masturbation with urethra exposure to precum with person B.Person A, who believed himself to...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The risk for persistent serious side affects after 28 days of your PEP regimen is very small-stomach side effects and any lipid/fat problems generally clear soon after stopping the medications. KH... Read more »

Quality of life for long-term HIV+ Persons. What to expect if diagnosed with multple HIV related illnesses?

I have been HIV+ for about 10 years now. Ive been on several different medication regimes, since I was first diagnosed, and my counts have all been excellent over the years (CD4 above 400 and Viral load undetectable). Ive also had the same Doctor...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The Side Effect of therapy forum is focused on brief discussions of side effects of specific HIV medication. In general there is continued concern that long term infection with HIV can lead to premature aging and maybe associated with a wide range... Read more »

long term effect of HIV meds

What are the long term effect of HIV treatment on the liver, body and how long can one live with HIV infection. These meds seem to be very toxic. Sometimes I feel I was told the effects aren't that bad and that I can have a long life, just to...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
The truth is actually good news. We have gotten much better at understanding how to manage the side effects of the medications. Although it is true that some of the agents might affect the liver or cause the blood cholesterol levels to go up, we... Read more »

long term effects of hiv meds

have been on meds on and off for 12 years was diag. within 2 months of being infected, have been suffering from inflammtion thru out my body and positive for ana have been told by dr nothing to do with meds or hiv i am not sure i agree i have a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
You don't mention which HIV meds you are on. Diffuse aching actually fairly common in general population so tough to pin down cause in many instances. You are in excellent hands with Dr Fineberg. I am not aware of any report linking a specific... Read more »
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psychological effects with long-term survivor

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I guess I am needing to know if there are any people out there who have really been in some sort of denial for years until first symptoms hit. I feel like a fool, but I've been positive since 84 and really have been in denial until getting so so... Read more »

Long-term HIV and Aids survivors' health worrying

Posted by ScotCharles
From KaiserNet

January 8, 2008

Some experts and doctors recently have voiced concerns that people who were diagnosed with HIV and Aids in the early years of the epidemic are experiencing "premature[e]" or "disproportionate numbers" of ailments... Read more »

Experiences from a 25 year long term survivor!!

Posted by Mojo, 1 Reply
I was diagnosed HIV positive in October of 1988! I have had my share of infections that nearly took my sight, wasting, going from one job to the other, parasites, pneumonia three times! The first time I ever went to Alabama to see my family, I was... Read more »

long term progressor - not

Posted by DUDE
9/15/99- Updated 12:30 PM ET



Weakened AIDS virus show damage

By the Associated Press

Several people in Australia who caught a weakened form of HIV in the
early... Read more »