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Veterans And Hiv

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Sen. Coleman Introduces Bill to Compensate Families of HIV-Positive Veterans Infected Through Service-Related Blood Transfusions

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) on Tuesday introduced a bill (S 1509 ) to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that would provide compensation to the families of military veterans who became HIV-positive through military service-related blood... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Veterans Affairs Offers Quick HIV Tests for Vets

The Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is hoping to encourage more veterans to get tested for HIV by offering 20-minute HIV tests at its downtown ambulatory care center. "HIV testing is the gateway to life-saving therapy," Dr.... Read more »
The Center for AIDS

HIV Raises Risk of Lung Cancer 70 Percent in Large U.S. Veterans Group

Having HIV infection raised the risk of lung cancer 70% in a study of more than 110,000 U.S. veterans, even after researchers accounted for the impact of smoking. 1 By itself, smoking boosted lung cancer risk more than 6 times. This large study... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Veteran infected

Dear "Doc" .... I've been living with HIV+ since 1995. I'm taking Combivir, my viral load keeps going up and down the lowest was 314 the highest was 3600. My VA Doctor say's that the stress in my life play's a part in...
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
Although we have no good studies addressing whether "stress" in ones life can affect viral load, there are plenty of anecdotes from doctors who have seen this phenomenon. What is not clear is whether this is related to the stress and... Read more »

Vietnam veteran with PTSD

Dr. Bob, My ID doc says ptsd is an immune suppressing condition that could affect antibody production. She wants to test me out to eighteen months. Definite exposure, PGL for twelve months, other symptoms. Negative Abott Eia 1/2 (3A77) at three and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No, in my experience PTSD will not affect the body's ability to make anti-HIV antibodies, the duration of the window period or HIV test results.Perhaps your doctor may have other reasons to recommend testing beyond the usual window... Read more »


Hello I just got approved for 100% permanent and total disabled rating by the Veterans Affair mostly due to being HIV positive (AIDS)with opportunistic infections like Neuropathy, Chronic fatigue, arthritis, skin conditions, malaise, chronic...
Lynn L. Franzoi

Response from Lynn L. Franzoi

Worldwide Benefits for Fox, Inc.
I think you are taking the right steps. However, you should be prepared to be denied by the SSA and be forced to appeal their denial. If this happens, there are law firms that assist people with appealing SSA denials. Contact your local Legal Aid... Read more »

colonoscopy risk of hiv ( Donation Reference xxx)

Dear doctor,i had a colonoscopy procedure 15 days concern its about the horror notice about de Veterans in i have to worry about? Do you recomend hiv test after this kind of procedures?y had a kind of diarrea, since 2 days after the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Relax Max. What happened at the Miami Veterans Hospital was an aberration. The endoscopy equipment being used there was not sanitized according to the manufacturer's instructions. In essence they were not adhering to universal precautions... Read more »
Connect With Others

veterans vs. newbies...let the fists fly.....

Posted by Lovinlife, 2 Replies
I have been reading a lot of posts back and forth where the veterans bash the newbies and then somebody tries to throw in a neutral post to the effect that the veterans really have all the info.
But--here's a thought--HIV has changed quite a bit... Read more »

Question to all the veterans in this forum

Posted by Nelson44, 3 Replies
It is me again...

From your experience being in this forum and otherwise how
many people have infected with the HIV virus from one single
exposure due to a condom failure? and if how long the ARS
symptoms supposed to last? Read more »


Posted by nightsunami
how many post needed to be a veteran??? Read more »

HIV is behind me

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello everyone, i am a veteran of this board and although i rarely posted, this board has helped me a great deal. its been approxamitly 14 months since my risk. I had every single symptom including some that were believed to be "indicative". the... Read more »