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The First Stage Of HIV Disease

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

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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What medications are available to someone with AIDS & Stage 4 Kidney Disease

Thank you Dr. Young. I have AIDS (17 years), and now I have been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease. My renal doctor tells me it is because my high blood pressure was never treated by my HIV doctor. I was told that HIV does not cause kidney...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.Kidney disease (or it's risk) is unfortunately not uncommon among persons living with HIV. Untreated HIV infection alone can be a risk; though other important factors, like family history, diabetes, or as in your... Read more »

Hodgkin's Disease: What do you think about this staging and dosing?

Dear Doctor, I am a healthy 34 yo male living with HIV for almost 12 yrs now. My last tests showed an undetectable viral load and a CD4 in the 900's (IL2 study) I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease about 2 months ago after I discovered a...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Two very important questions about Hodgkin's disease (HD). 1) Although HD in HIV-negative patients tends to be contiguous (i.e. doesn't skip from the neck to the spleen), it is not uncommon to have such skip areas in patients who are HIV+.... Read more »

hiv accute stage

hello sir , my friend got hiv infection , he is suffering with loose motions and loss of apetite . doctor saying he is in advanced stage . his immune count is 58 .is there any life risk or how long he will survive ? he is treating with viraday now...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Your friend certainly has advanced HIV infection and symptomatic AIDS (with a very low CD4 cell count). He has however, started on a very effective first-line treatment for HIV (Viraday is also known as Atripla)-- one... Read more »

Stage 1A Hodgkins Disease-- Is radiation enough?

I have recently been diagnosed with Stage 1A Hodgkins Lymphoma as a result of a Biopsy, CT Scan, MRI, Bone Marrow, and PET Scan. I have been undectable for 5 years with a CD4 of 400. My Oncologist is recommending Radiation Therapy without Chemo,...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
This is not such an easy question as there are several approaches ALL of which are quite good.I am missing one piece of information and that is what type of Hodgkin's disease do you have (there are 4 types, nodular sclerosis, mixed cell,... Read more »
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4 stages to HIV disease

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
AMFAR AIDS HANDBOOK (Chapter 4, Page 53 )

There are four stages to HIV disease

1) Acute Infection Stage (500-1200 CD4s)- begins immediately after hiv enters the body and starts multiplying in infected cells. Acute infection ends about 2-6 weeks... Read more »

The 5 Stages of Pos

Posted by riverprincess, 4 Replies
A way to see and understand about life being pos. There are 5 stages that we mentally/emotionally go through once you pass through just the senseless fear of being tested.

Stage 1-- You think being diagnosed as pos means a death sentence. Your fear... Read more »

my friend is now in the final stages...

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Watching my best friend die, it really hurts

My friend is now in final stages of aids, I try very hard to stay
positive for her sake. We have been friends for over 20 years, I
am telling myself that I should be grateful I have had her for
this long,... Read more »


Posted by cute_butterfly, 3 Replies
In a sensational development that will bring hope to millions dying of Aids, 25-year-old Andrew Stimpson has miraculously tested NEGATIVE for the disease after having it for more than a year.

The results so dumbfounded doctors they repeated the test... Read more »