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What Happens When Hiv Disease Goes Untreated

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Untreated HIV Associated With Less-"Elastic" Arteries, Raising Heart Disease Risk, Study Finds

The heart and coronary artery --> We know all too well that HIV causes bad things to happen in your body. But lately, we've seen increasing evidence that it particularly affects your heart. A new study published in the September 2009 issue of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Africa: Bacterium Targets Untreated HIV-Positive People

Researchers are warning of an intestinal disease in sub-Saharan Africa that is affecting immune-compromised individuals, including mostly HIV-infected individuals who are not in treatment and children who are malnourished or infected with the... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Study Suggests Immune Systems of Untreated HIV-Infected Individuals May Deteriorate Faster Than Previously Thought

The immune systems of untreated HIV-infected individuals appear to deteriorate faster than previously thought, according to preliminary results of a small clinical trial. This finding suggests that clinicians may need to monitor people with recent... Read more »
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Why CD4 goes down while CD4% goes up (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%, 2009)

Hi Dr. Bob, it is a real pleasure to read your answers full of help, professionalism, generosity and fun. I started therapy at an absolute CD4 of 405 and 26% and VL above 100k, I started Atripla six months ago after the first three months my CD4...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,When it comes to monitoring HIV disease, it's important to look for long-term trends rather than worry about transient swings, especially in absolute CD4 counts. Absolute CD4 counts are calculated from the absolute lymphocyte counts. The... Read more »

Untreated HIV and low cholesterol

I have read some articles suggesting that untreated HIV infection often causes lower cholesterol levels.Is this true and, if so, do they know why?Many thanks....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Untreated HIV is associated with low HDL (good cholesterol) levels and can be associated with low LDL (bad cholesterol) if the HIV disease is advanced (partially as a marker of deteriorating nutritional status). Why is not well worked out. Going... Read more »

Untreated HIV

I have a close friend who said he has been diagonised with HIV, he is on no treatment(no drugs). Is this normal not to be prescribed anything for HIV positive??...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
HIV+ persons who are asymptomatic with reasonable CD4 counts (> 350), and with viral loads < 100,000 are frequently monitored without initiating antiretroviral therapy due to low short term risk for developing AIDS. Exceptions include if the... Read more »

Untreated HIV 2yrs

My son has HIV and has gone untreated for 2yrs. Can this turn into full blown Aids? Also he has facial lesions over his eyebrows and chin is this part of HIV. He weighs about 130lbs and gets cold very quick in the house with the AC on. I am a...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.It's really good to hear of a parent raising concerns for their child's health and HIV.Yes, untreated HIV can lead to AIDS complications. HIV treatment (antiretroviral medications) is now recommended in the US... Read more »
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Suffering unknowingly from untreated STDs

Posted by Anonymous

Subject: Symptomless STDs Go Untreated

CDC Daily Update
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Symptomless STDs Go Untreated

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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
not sure how to ask this so here goes, i know after you have been exposed to hiv it usually takes 2 to 3 weeks before the onset of symptoms such as flu like symptoms and they go away after a short period, my question is then how long on the average... Read more »

this goes with the question below VVV

Posted by Anonymous
about lymph they generallly go up and down in hiv infection or once they have gotten over the being swollen part does the body pretty much bypass them and not use em Read more »

Is this really happening?

Posted by optimistic, 5 Replies
I just went to emergency last sunday for a appendix acute infection, nothing out of common, they decide to take the appendix out with a surgery. But while making tests prior the surgery I needed at the time, the doctors came with an ELISA positive... Read more »