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What Is The End Result Of Hiv If Left Untreated

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHO Warns Gonorrhea Might Soon Become Untreatable

Today in Manila, the World Health Organization met with public health experts to devise an action plan for addressing the growing threat of drug-resistant gonorrhea. Improper use of antibiotics to treat gonorrhea has resulted in resistance to... Read more »

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 »
Ask the Experts

Untreated, CD4 < 500, VL 1000-5000. What to do next?

Hello Dr Young. I've been infected for 7 years and am still not on meds. My VL has always been varying between 1000 and 5000 copies/mL. So has been also my CD4 count, which was ~450 near seroconversion, gone > 700 three months later (without...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello Alex and thanks for posting.Current US (and other countries) HIV treatment guidelines no longer use CD4 count as a criterion for starting treatment. With your counts below 500, even the more conservative World Health Organization recommends... Read more »

Children Untreated

How long does a child born with HIV begin to show symptoms if they are left untreated because the parents had no knowledge that the mother was positive? What is the survival rate of a child like that? ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.Just like with adults, there's no way to predict if or when a particular child develops symptoms of HIV. Most will develop symptoms if not treated within a few years of life.The only way to know about the child's... Read more »

untreated for 7 years

My daughter just shared with our family that she has known for 7 years that she was HIV positive. Her t-cell count is 33 and she has only been on the meds for 5 days. she says she is not in pain but she has the thrash in her mouth and in 2monthsgone...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,It's certainly sad that your daughter has known about her infection for seven years but only started treatment five days ago when her counts had fallen to dangerously low levels and she had become symptomatic (thrush and severe wasting).... Read more »

Untreated and low viral load

Hi,Firstly, thanks for all the information you provide on this site. It is thankfully a wealth of information when trying to come to grips with being newly HIV +.I'm 34 and have been HIV +ve since March 2007. Seroconversion around 2-3 weeks...
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
1. I think your body is doing an above average job of controlling the infection on its own. Your numbers are what we would expect after acute infection, where we see the CD4 count come back up and the viral load go down to some level (commonly... Read more »
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Untreated PCP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

I have a friend who has made it known that he is refusing any further medical treatment. He has recently been diagnosed with PCP. Knowing that untreated PCP is a one way street, can anyone tell me what to expect, or even tell me what to tell... Read more »

Scared but 5 days left for results

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I recently took a trip overseas and upon leaving realized how lucky I was to have my wife. And how shameful and guilty I had felt for seeing a transvestite streetwalker. While here it suddenly dawned on me that I could have extracted a disease... Read more »

waiting for results

Posted by reaching18, 1 Reply
went to the doctor last week for an hiv test. If infected its been over 10 years of living in ignorance. I think i may be experiencing some symptoms. I have twitching going on in my eye, my face tingles and some numbness around my lips? I know... Read more »

Coming to an end...

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Well friends, and to those who are not friends, my world of uncertainty is coming to an end...I'm going
to be tested very soon.

To say the least, I'm wrought with fear, terror and anger. I probably would have postponed my 6
month test for another few... Read more »