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Pros Of Telling Patient Doctor Has Hiv

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Telling Others You're HIV Positive

Special Situations People You May Have Exposed to HIV: It can be very difficult to disclose your status to sexual partners or people you shared needles with. However, it is very important that they know so they can decide to get tested and, if they test positive, get the health care they need. The Department of Health can tell people you might have exposed, without using your name. Employers: You may want to tell your employer if your HIV...
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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 have been monitoring my CD4/viral load level since January. I am currently living in the US, but I am not a resident and I may eventually need to go...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,For folks with counts similar to yours, there are no absolute rules for when to begin combination antiretroviral therapy. Many factors come into play: published guidelines; the potential benefit of decreasing HIV replication (viral load) and... Read more »

telling doctors

My sister's riend works for a it true that an HIV paients has to tell her that he/she has the virus???...
Lynne Gabriel

Response from Lynne Gabriel

WorkPositive, Inc.
Dentists and other healthcare workers use universal precautions. This means using a barrier (latex gloves)whenever blood is present. This protects them, not only from HIV, but from a host of other bloodborne pathogens. This eliminates the need... Read more »

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 »

Does my cat think I have HIV?: Show and tell.

Hi Dr. Frascino,I summarized my three previous posts and asked Dr. Joel Gallant his thoughts (
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Francophobe,Well, it's now two against one that you are indeed whacked. So I guess that settles that, right? (By the way, I think Dr. Gallant is an exceptionally insightful and knowledgeable HIV spiciest! I would strongly suggest you... Read more »
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Posted by worried22yo, 2 Replies
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scared shitless-tell parents of possibility of HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I had a low risk encounter (condom, no break no slip) with a high risk person (many sex partners status assuming HIV+ positive in retrospect) just 2 1/2 weeks ago, should I tell parents of possible exposure i.e. had one night stand?

Currently I... Read more »

telling others you date

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
recently infected I haven't been able to tell. Am 26. Lost my nerve, not my looks. So I just stay away from possible encounters. Getting tired of that. How do you break the news. OR do you?

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Telling my teenager

Posted by pecanqtee, 4 Replies
I have been living with HIV for almost 3 years. The only people who know my status are my mother, her husband, my aunt, my best friend, and my partner. I am the mother of a wonderful 15 year old son and sister to a fantastic younger brother. I... Read more »