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What Does The Beginning Of Herpes Look Like

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Like other herpes viruses, the varicella-zoster virus has an initial infectious stage, (chicken pox) followed by a dormant stage. Then, with no warning, the virus becomes active again. About 20% of people who have had chicken pox will eventually develop shingles. This reactivation of the virus is most likely to...
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when to begin treatment if numbers look good??

I am a recently diagnosed HIV+ male. I count on early because I noticed that my lymphnodes were swelling and that concerned me. I have recieved my first set of lab results, and though I believe my doctor is very thorough I want a second opinion or...
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
The current treatment guidelines suggest that HIV treatment should be started when the CD4 count is < 350 and the viral load is > 30-55,000. Thus, current guidelines would suggest you could monitor and wait. Go to for the... Read more »

shall I begin?

Viral load hovering slightly above undetectible; cd4s remain in the 500s with 40. But I'm finally beginning to feel extreme fatigue - maybe it's just the weather? Besides that, I have been losing lean body mass for about a year now, and...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I wonder if you could have an HIV-related colitis - a bowel disease caused by the virus itself that is leading to poor absorbsion of nutrients and subsequent weight loss, fatigue and the other symptoms you are experiencing.I would make sure a blood... Read more »

A Pretty Crappy =) week, looking for help from the B-Man

Last May I had sex with a stripper. I did not even begin to ponder the side-effects of doing this, but about 3 months ago i started getting itchy all over my body and have had patches of dry skin that itches all over my body. There is a small red...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello TICO,First off, thanks for your kind comments! They are warmly appreciated.Next, I wouldn't jump to any conclusions about herpes or hepatitis based on what you've told me so far. Your exposure was in May and you didn't begin... Read more »

Looking for advice: Recurrent Yeast Infections/HPV

Hi Doctor,Thank you very much for your time. I am overcome with a sense of worry and dread and looking for next steps. My worry stems from contracting oral gonorrhea in 2006 from unprotected oral sex. I did not have vaginal sex nor was I at the time...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Thanks for writing and congratulations on your accomplishments. Your risk of HIV based on the exposure in 2006 is extremely low/virtually nonexistent. For peace of mind you could take a second test at a testing center (results are back in as... Read more »
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Posted by healthyPOZbttm, 5 Replies
8 years POZ now, super healthy and still on my first meds Combivir and Viramune. I've recently lost a lot of weight and drastically changed diet habits. I was a horrible couch potato and munched on chips and pints of Hagen Daaz all the time.

Now... Read more »

When to begin treatment

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I know lots of people say to begin treatment before t-cells fall to 200. Mine are 200 and my viral load is 50,000. I guess I have to start. Anyone out there waited without consequence?

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let's take it back to the beginning.

Posted by howard, 4 Replies
Since i posted my entry I've got some really nasty replies. Which is understandable for the most part, seeing as though the caliber of people could be condsidered by some to be abominations to God. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of the... Read more »

Let the meds begin!

Posted by Anonymous, 10 Replies
I am 27 years old and have been positive for nearly 2 years now. I am very successful for my age, travel non-stop for work and have just purchased my second home. My career is VERY stressful and I know that I tend to add excess stress to my life... Read more »