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What Are The First Steps Of Herpes

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First Steps

Posted by houston_77008, 5 Replies
I'm a little weary, but I made my first steps by contacting local counseling centers. For everyone that said honesty with my partner would be the best approach, thank you. He is still a little weary and hurt, but he sees that I am putting in so... Read more »

I made the first stepped

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I finally called a local clinic to ask about HIV testing and to see when it is offered. Now, all I have to do is go in and take the damn test instead of worrying all the time about it. I posted earlier this week about a sexual relationship I had... Read more »

Making the first steps

Posted by Momchild, 1 Reply
Im a single parent with the fear that I don't know how Im going to get thru this life chaning journey that Im going to have to face. I fear for my child future like any parent and my own stability. I hope to do all I can in time to save and put away... Read more »

Acne or Herpes strain?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I believe I contracted something from a risky exposure several months ago and now I'm worried I might have passed it on to my girlfriend. I've tested negative for HIV after 6 months. So Im not worried about that. However, I noticed my girlfriend is... Read more »

2 steps back (emotionally)

Posted by ai77, 4 Replies
Hi all. Just want to warn you that if you're feeling kind of down, you might not want to read on. I have to release some of my frustration and fear, don't really have anywhere else I feel comfortable doing it.

Today one of my nurses called and... Read more »
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HBsAg Reactive (First Step)

Test result shows a HBsAg reactive. A note below suggests a repeat HBsAg for confirmatory. Do this mean the same procedure of test will be conducted or a much higher level of test for HB is required?Thanks....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
When a test shows that the surface antigen is positive, a confirmatory test of greater stringency is supposed to be done to confirm the results.... Read more »

First Steps when diagnosed HIV-Positive?

I live in Thailand and my brother-in-law recently learned that he was HIV-Positive, he found out only when his wife became gradually more sick until, about 3 weeks ago, she was diagnosed with the virus--she has just been sent home from the hospital...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. I know that antiretroviral medication is available in Thailand through government sponsored programs that produce generic antiretrovirals. His doctor should be able to guide him into the system so that he can... Read more »

what are best first steps?

I recently was diagnosed as HIV POS, my first tests revealed undetectable viral load and cd4 0f 600. Six weeks later my viral load was 1500 and mt cd 4 was at 703. Should I try to put off meds as long as possible, or begin them. I have a follow...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question.For purposes of discussion , I will assume that you are not acutely seroconverting (having acute retroviral syndrome). This being the case, recent guidelines have suggested that persons with CD4 counts above 350 and low... Read more »

whats the first step?

I am an 18 yr male and just found out yesterday that i am HIV positive. I have no idea what to do. I need information on how to take care of myself....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post and sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis.The first things to do are to locate your local AIDS service organization ( and an experienced HIV care provider (try the American Academy's website:... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Blog: H1N1 Vaccine Donation "Hopefully" a First Step to Improving Health Systems in Developing Countries

The Obama administration's recent decision to "take a global leadership position in sharing a significant proportion of the U.S. H1N1 (swine) influenza vaccine supply with the people of developing countries ... seems to signal a new level of trust... Read more »
AIDS Action Council

Clinton Initiative Includes First Step Toward Enactment of Reinventing Medicaid Plan

Contact: or call: 202-986-1300 Washington, D.C. -- AIDS Action won the first step toward enactment of its Reinventing Medicaid proposal when President Clinton included a scaled-down version in a broad health care proposal... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

South Africa "Witnessing First Steps of AIDS-Free Generation"

In this Business Day opinion piece , Donald Gips, the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, examines progress made in the country's fight against HIV/AIDS, writing that, through the coordination of governments, civil society, nongovernmental... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Starting HAART: When to Take the First Step?

Transcript (.pdf) For more information on this session, including access to speaker presentations, please see the conference Programme-at-a-Glance . Recent guidelines are all recommending that HIV treatment be started at a higher CD4... Read more »