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What Is Articol

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What Is Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)?

What Is ART? What Is the HIV Life Cycle? Approved ARV Drugs How Are the Drugs Used? What Is Drug Resistance? Can These Drugs Cure AIDS? When Do I Start? Which Drugs Do I Use? What's Next? What Is ART? ART means treating retroviral infections like HIV with drugs. The drugs do not kill the virus. However, they slow down the growth of the virus. When the virus is slowed down, so is HIV disease. Antiretroviral drugs are...
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What's really important...viral load, cd4 cells or what?

I contracted the HIV virus in Dec 2006. I went on Atripla in November 2007 when my cd4 cells his the 400s. Here I am now with my viral load at undectable for almost a year now (it went to undectable within a month) and my cd4 cells are at 828 now....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
The viral load is the most important indicator of how well your antiretroviral regimen is working. It reflects how well your medications are controlling HIV replication. That your HIV plasma viral load declined rapidly within one month on Atripla to... Read more »


Dr. Bob What info. can you give me about PMMA which is a filler done by Dr. Marcio Serra in Rio de Janeiro, Pros and Cons.ThanksGary
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Gary,PMMA is polymethyl-methacrylate and has trade names including Articol, Artefill and Metacrill. The product is not approved for lipoatrophy in the United States; therefore I have not personal experience with it. Here's the way it's designed... Read more »

what is hiv dementia? what are its symptoms.

i sometimes feel that my lack of ability to understand simple things is cause to concern myself about having dementia. Simple things like traveling or buying things seem to confuse me. What are classic symptoms of hiv dementia? thanks
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
HIV-associated dementia has 3 types of symptoms: cognitive, motor and emotional. The cognitive symptoms include slowed down thinking, memory impairment, impairment in carrying out tasks (especially complex tasks that require planning or multiple... Read more »

what to think? what to do?

Hi DoctorI wrote to you a couple weeks ago but got no response. Since then my news is even more strange so I beg of you to please answer this, because I have no idea what to think. First of all I am a heterosexual male. I had unprotected sex with 2...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
This forum is dedicated to HIV-positive folks, particularly those who have concerns related to fatigue and/or anemia. Questions related to HIV transmission, prevention, safer sex, HIV testing and risk should be sent to Dr. Bob at his "Safe Sex and... Read more »
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What Is AIDS?

What Does "AIDS" Mean? How Do You Get AIDS? What Happens if I'm HIV Positive? How Do I Know if I Have AIDS? Is There a Cure for AIDS? For More Information What Does "AIDS" Mean? AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency... Read more »
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What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

When it comes to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, there are three major points to keep in mind: There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of advanced HIV, also known as AIDS. It's what you do that puts you at risk for HIV... Read more »
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Amprenavir (Agenerase)

What Is Amprenavir? Amprenavir is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is also called Agenerase ┬« . It was manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Manufacture of amprenavir was discontinued in October 2007. It is being replaced... Read more »
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Zalcitabine (Hivid, ddC)

What Is ddC? ddC (Hivid┬«) was a drug used for antiretroviral therapy (ART). It was manufactured by Roche. ddC was also known as zalcitabine or dideoxycytidine. ddC was a nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or nuke. ddC was... Read more »
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Figures? what`s normal?... confused!

Posted by Dreamer76, 2 Replies
Hi Everyone, Hope this message finds you well!! i`m looking for the openion of people who have more experience than myself living with HIV. I was diagnosed on 20th Mar `09 (with a virus that`s resistant to alot of drugs) and have had 3 blood tests... Read more »

I just don't know what or how to do what comes nex

Posted by jp2626, 5 Replies
I tested positive yesterday. My mind is spinning, body aches, all i want to do is vomit. I don't even know who to call. I pick up the phone to call a hotline, it rings and i hang up. I know i want to start what ever i need to do as soon as... Read more »

what are the chances

Posted by fearfulbear, 5 Replies
I have had med risk about 6 months ago. Had a Oraquick saliva test done at 90 days neg, than had an Oraquick fingerstick at 6 months , again neg, what are the chances that these can be false neg, as i have been sick with symptoms for 3 months. Thank... Read more »

What is this... really, what is it?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Okay I had protected vaginal with a girl, plus she gave me unprotected oral for a few minutes. Two days later I notice some pimple-like bumps in head of penis. The same thing happened the last time I was with this girl about 6 months ago; now. Is... Read more »