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Pros & Cons From Not Taking Medications

I have recently tested HIV positive. I take no medication. What are the pros & cons of continuing without medication. Can a person within their first year of HIV encounter significant medical issues, if so, what might they be? Currently my...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The current threshold for recommending starting antiretroviral therapy in the US for asymptomatic patients is a CD4 count < 350. There is yet no consensus as to whether it is overall benefical to start ART at higher CD4 counts partly since short... Read more »

Flu Vaccine Pros and Cons

What do you think: How necessary do you think it is that someone with HIV get a flu vaccine? Should... Read more »

Should I start treatment? Pros/cons of two suggested treatments

Dear Dr.I have been living with HIV for almost a year. I am sure I got infected last summer, and I... Read more »
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AIDS Project Los Angeles

To Treat or Not To Treat ...

Let's say you have just received an HIV diagnosis, due to Pneumocystis pneumonia, a CD4 count of 120 and viral load at 260,000. Ask 100 doctors if you should be treated with antivirals (in addition to antibiotics and subsequent prophylaxis for the... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Home HIV Testing -- The Good and the Bad

Recently a new option for HIV testing became available. You can now takethe HIV test at home. However, home testing is not for everyone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved HIV home tests are as accurateas the antibody tests done in... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

FDA Approves at-Home HIV Test, Available in October

The FDA has approved an at-home HIV test that gives results in under 40 minutes. The tests should be available in stores in October. The New York Times : Rapid H.I.V. Home Test Wins Federal Approval After decades of controversy, the Food and Drug... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reasons for Not HIV Testing, Testing Intentions and Potential Use of an Over-the-Counter Rapid HIV Test in an Internet Sample of Men Who Have Sex With Men Who Have Never Tested for HIV

The correlates of the main reasons for not HIV testing, HIV testing intentions, and the potential use of an over-the-counter rapid HIV test (OTCRT) among men who have sex with men who have never tested for HIV (NTMSM) are unknown, the authors wrote.... Read more »
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Posted by worried22yo, 2 Replies
Hey guys. Have a dr. apptmnt monday and may do a home access, what do u think? Oh and my fave guy om the Body wrote me, made me feel a lil better. check it out!!

http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Fatigue/Current/Q96075.qna





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Need help with testing from the pros

Posted by Anonymous
I had a recent exposure (unprotecd vaginal and oral) with a woman of unknown status. I want to get tested but I'm not sure which route to choose and how long to wait. I have talked with several testing facilities and my doctor and I'm still confused... Read more »

Hiv/test

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
How long after sexual contact should you wait to have an Hiv test,to have an accurate result? I've hear 6 months is long enough but should I wait longer?

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A theoretical risk for the pros

Posted by Anonymous
I keep seeing numbers indicating risks (like the .1-3% and .1-.3 percent and whatever) for infection, so I was wondering if anystudy had shown what would happen if someone accidentally injected themselves with around 1 cc of infected blood in a... Read more »