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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Introduction Mycobacterium Avium Complex (my-koe-back-teer-ee-um ay-vee-um com-plecks) disease is among the most common bacterial infections in people with HIV. In one study, MAC bacteria were found in the blood of 43% of people within two years of diagnosis with AIDS. MAC is most likely to occur in people with CD4+ cell counts below 50 and at least one other opportunistic infection (OI). Routine blood tests from people with low CD4+ cell...
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borderline reaction

what does borderline reaction mean in an HIV test result...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
This term is sometimes used by people to describe the situation of having a positve ELISA test followed by an "indeterminate" Western blot. The Western blot is a serologic test that shows antibody reactions to various antigens associated... Read more »

Allergic reaction after taking Atripla

I recently was diagnosed as being HIV+ and just over a week ago started on my first meds, Atripla. I developed an allergic reaction to the meds (severe lumpy red rash all over my body), went to the hospital, and they told me to stop taking them and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Ideally you should speak to someone in your HIV doctor's office. Rash is common with Atripla and often is treated through (such as with antihistamines). Stopping Atripla after a week can occasionally lead to resistance but most often does not.... Read more »

Depression post HIV diagnosis

Hello,I'm a 16yo HIV + girl who was diagnosed 6 years ago. I didn't really go through much of a grieving period then, but now, aggravated by pressures of study I'm going through a bit of a rough patch - crying often and generally...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Frequent crying and irritable mood are symptoms of depression. This is not necessarily a reaction to the HIV+ diagnosis 6 years ago. Depression occurs in about 15% of women at some point in their lives. You should seek help by finding a... Read more »

Medications reaction to alcohol?

Hello Doctors: Thank you for all the work that you do! My son is 21 and recently diagnosed with HIV (recently infected). He is on Sustiva and Combivir. His numbers are great 1100 CD4 and Viral load undet. He recently turned 21 and as any 21...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post and question.Your son is certainly on a very potent and generally speaking, extremely well tolerated HIV treatment regimen. Alcohol in moderation should not be a problem and is not thought to directly affect the potency of... Read more »
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Horrible Allergic Reaction to Atripla

Posted by MikeInPhilly2, 1 Reply
Hello All,

I was diagnosed HIV + on July 5th, 2011.

My doctor and I decided to move immediately and aggressively against the virus and she prescribed Atripla.

I did OK for the first week or so. Then I broke out in a rash that while not very sightly,... Read more »

Life and love after diagnosis?

Posted by hellenwhite0808, 1 Reply
My first reaction to receiving a diagnosis of HIV was the feeling of having a bucket of ice water dumped on my head. I was well beyond rational thought; all I could experience in that moment was a profound chill and the certainty that I was a dead... Read more »

Sex after diagnosis

Posted by efive, 3 Replies
I have a question I would like the answer to (if anyone knows) before my next doctor's appointment. If you're on meds and have sex with another positive person, what is the level of danger that you might acquire a resistant form of the virus? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 11 Replies
WELL .,HERE i AM AT 52....having survived the first and second waves of HIV as a gay man in NYC in 1975-1983..and find myself 2006 facing this disease you all are.. I am a hep c survivor...took that treatment and tolerated it... Read more »