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What If Cryptococcosis Does Not Show In Spinal Fluid

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The Well Project

Fungal Infections

...Confusion Nausea Vomiting Let your doctor know if you experience any of these symptoms. (Bacterial, not cryptococcal, meningitis causes a stiff neck.) Diagnosis: Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to gather a specimen of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the fluid that surrounds the brain and spine Blood tests will usually show a high level of serum cryptococcal antigen Treatment: In most cases, a two-week regimen of intravenous...
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csf exposure (CSF EXPOSURE, occupational exposure to cerebral spinal fluid)

while helping an intern during an LP on an HIV+ pt, csf leaked onto my scrubs. i didnt think much of it at first, but remembered that I had a scab about the size of a nickel on my shin where the csf leaked. does this pose a risk? what if i...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...evaluate and manage occupational exposures to bloodborne diseases.I'll repost below some information from the archives dealing with cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) exposure.Good luck.Dr. BobCSF exposure, PEP not recommended by HIV docsSep 25,... Read more »

Psycological response to longterm HIV diagnosis?

I read a most interesting and self confirming article in the May/June Issue of PA (Positively Aware) magazine. It was titled, "Is it all in your head?" Since I have been diagnosed now being over 16 years, I have been finding myself depressed, mood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...CHARTER study, HCV coinfection was a significant predictor of worsening impairment over time, along with detectable HIV RNA in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).Researchers studying a small cohort of patients at St. Mary's Hospital in London reported... Read more »

CNS penetration of Atripla/Ziagen/Isentress

AIDS patients need CNS penetrating anti-vral drugs, right Dr.? In order to bettter fight dementia, memory loss, etc., right? so, how do isentress, Ziagen and 3-in-1 Atripla stack up? Thanz!
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...CHARTER study, HCV coinfection was a significant predictor of worsening impairment over time, along with detectable HIV RNA in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).Researchers studying a small cohort of patients at St. Mary's Hospital in London reported... Read more »

Stepped on a Needle on A Beach and Get Infected

Dear Dr. Bob,I am 64, married, and have been positive for over 14 years. I was infected in a most bizarre fashion....I stepped on a hypo needle on a Florida beach. I started on Crixivan and Combivir 13 years ago, and am still on them. CD4 is 1300...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Contracting HIV from stepping on a discarded hypodermic needle is indeed a very rare occurrence. With your normal CD4 count and undetectable viral load, one wonders if indeed you are really HIV infected. Was your initial test ever reconfirmed to... Read more »
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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

...helping macrophages kill MAC bacteria. A study combining azithromycin with granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is looking at this, and interleukin-12 (IL-12) is in early studies as well. For more information on cytokines,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Cryptococcal Meningitis

...cryptococcus may develop these symptoms as part of the immune reconstitution syndrome (see Fact Sheet 483 .) The tests use blood or spinal fluid. Health care providers get spinal fluid by doing a spinal tap. A needle is inserted into the middle... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy (PML)

...PML can be diagnosed using a scan of the brain by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Another way to test for PML is by checking spinal fluid. The sample is taken by inserting a needle into the spinal canal. This procedure is called a spinal tap. ... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

...developing HAD -- generally the lower theCD4 count, the greater the risk. Also, having a high viral load in the blood or in the spinal fluid can be a risk factor. Diagnosing MCMD and HAD The initial signs of MCMD or HAD can be very... Read more »
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Am I Infected

Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... Read more »

Excessive Mastubation

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Ever since I found out that I'm poz, I've been spending a lot more time mastubating. Is that normal? Or could it be because of the amount of time I've been spending reading posts about sexual issues? Pleasing myself has become an every day thing... Read more »

Two weeks down and a life time to live

Posted by trulife, 2 Replies
Well folks...it's the end of two weeks on Atripla and so far things are going well. Side effects have been limited and are now subsiding. My biggest problem so far is swallowing the pill. I have always had trouble swallowing pills...go figure...a... Read more »

Lost

Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »