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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Among Youth

Fast Facts Youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 26% of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2010. Most new HIV infections among youth occur among gay and bisexual males; there was a 22% increase in estimated new infections in this group from 2008 to 2010. Almost 60% of youth with HIV in the United States do not know they are infected. Youth in the United States account for a substantial number of HIV...
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Problems with Previous Regimens

Dear Dr. Young, thanks for your kind response to my March 18-2014 post about Truvada and 3TC. In your explanation you mention that the key question is why I haven't been able tolerate previous regimens. The answer for this is because of...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for your post.I've asked my friend and expert HIV specialist from Mexico City, Dr. Juan Sierra-Madero to respond to your question. His response follows:It looks like you have tried most of the choices that currently exist... Read more »

Bees killing HIV

Recently I have read an article about how bees can kill HIV virus, do you know anything about it?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for your post. It's not that bees can kill HIV but rather a protein in be venom has been shown to kill HIV in a test tube. For more information see this <a href="http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/25061.aspx"... Read more »

Zero viral load

I have been taking Isentress and Truvada since 2008. According to my Infectious Disease doctor, my latest viral load is zero. How can this be true? I have tested HIV+ twice. Also, FYI: I developed severe pain in my hands and feet. Without my...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
HIV level less than the standard detection level (often < 50 copies) is often termed undetectable (fancy research tests can often find a very low level of HIV RNA in that situation such as 1-2 copies/ml). The HIV antibody test remains positive in... Read more »

how long can she live

My mom has full blown aids it started to set n the brain...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Survival with HIV/AIDS is widely variable. Access to good care with effective use of antiretroviral medications is a key factor to be hopeful for a good long term outcome. Brain involvement from AIDS is a very serious issue that can be due to a... Read more »
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Mixed Marriages Pos & Neg share about life together

Posted by riverprincess, 1 Reply
I think this is a great time for mixed marriages to share how life is lived together.Inspired by those that have already spoken about managing life together with love. Read more »

Disclosure to Doctor before surgery

Posted by privatepos, 3 Replies
Hello everyone, I'm not sure if I should post this on Ask a Doctor or if anyone has any input/ I'm having weight loss surgery in a few weeks and several months ago when I met my surgeon, I privately disclosed to him that I had HIV to be safe. This... Read more »

Curious about fingering

Posted by BrknAngl, 1 Reply
Well I was wondering if there's any risk with it? With cum or pre-cum? ( this is for a girl bing fingered) Heard on the main doctors forum that it takes two minutes to two hours to become degraded or killed. I was wondering if somebody jacked off... Read more »

Preocupado, mi novia y yo presentamos sntomas

Posted by Inigo, 2 Replies
Holas a todos espero puedan ayudarme:
Hace once semanas mi novia tuvo contacto de riesgo con instrumentos quirurgicos, al da siguiente del contacto tuvimos relaciones sin proteccin y desde entonces a la primera semana hemos tenido una serie de... Read more »