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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Seroconverting After Getting Scratched

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The Well Project

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Table of Contents Health Insurance AIDS Drugs Assistance Program Medicaid Drug Company Programs Clinical Trials Buyers' Club Seeking Help Health Insurance Health insurance usually covers most of the cost of your prescription drugs. The best way to get health insurance is to go to work for an employer who provides it. If you do not work, or your employer does not offer health coverage, check if you qualify for any...
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Re: Concerned Grandfather

Thank you Dr Bob. As far as I could see, in the dim light at night, the skin was intact but you know how young grandkids are - they touch this and that, and I am concerned he might have touched his eyes or dug his nose. I just hope everything is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Gerry,I certainly apologize for my assumptions based on incomplete information! Contracting HIV from a blood transfusion is now extremely rare, even in resource-poor countries.The virus found me at work in January 1991. I was performing a... Read more »

Window Period

Dear Doctor Bob, so much has been said about window period and I know it is a tough issue to be 100% sure about. But, in your clinical practice experience, have you ever seen any late seroconverters? I mean, people who took longer than 12 weeks to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,This question comes up frequently. (See below for an example from the archives.) Using the newer generation (3rd and 4th) HIV-antibody testing assays and without extenuating circumstances, I have not seen anyone test HIV-antibody negative at... Read more »

seroconverting to hiv negative

I saw online a dr. Sebi that has 80 documented cases of seroconverting hiv positive to negative. Is this possible?
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
Still waiting to see the peer reviewed publication in a reputable journal about this "accomplishment". Read more »

just tired

Hey Doc.I have a few questions and concerns about fatigue. I tested positive back in March of this year at that time, after a really bad time with the flu I had a viral load of 87,000 and a cd4 count of 308. In April I started treatment of,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Dear DC Friend,A recent study found that fatigue was the most common complaint among people living with HIV. Of all the side effects I've experienced since seroconverting in 1991 (and like most HIVers I've had my fair share -- kidney stones,... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Safer Injection Guidelines That Can Reduce Health Risks Including Getting Infected With HIV or Hep

It is safest to use a new, sterile syringe and equipment (including cotton, filters, caps, spoons, cookers and alcohol swabs) every time you inject. You can get new syringes in exchange for used ones at needle exchange programs or you can... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

How is HIV passed from one person to another? Which body fluids transmit HIV? How well does HIV survive outside the body? Can I get HIV from anal sex? Can I get HIV from vaginal sex? Can I get HIV from oral sex? How can I... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Window Period Interpretation of Test Results ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


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Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

Seroconverted on April Fools Day

Posted by AZSouthBay, 4 Replies
I seroconverted on April Fools Day. Even before receiving the news, talking about going to get tested would give me what I just found out is a panic attack- lan overwhelming feeling I'm going to faint and hurl. Of course when receiving the news... Read more »


Posted by jeffo444
What is the longest period ever seen in the world for someone to suffer seroconvertion? Read more »

to the RN who seroconverted after 18 months

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi there. I hope you are well. I read your posts about you taking much longer than the stipulated window period to seroconvert---18 months! May I ask about your testing history? Did you test at 3, 6, 12 months? And then the final test at 18 months?... Read more »