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Children and HIV

How Serious Is HIV for Children? How Are Children Different? Research on Children Treatment for Children Children and Adherence The Bottom Line How Serious Is HIV for Children? Where antiretroviral medications (ARVs) and good medical care for pregnant women are available, new infections of children are rare. There were about 2 million children around the world living with HIV in 2007. Anyone age 13 or younger is counted as a child in...
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Latent HIV - risk of infection

Dear Dr. Young,I understand that currently available ARVs only target free circulating HIV in the blood. HIV DNA integrated into the host cells DNA remains unaffected.My question is, assuming that the amount of integrated HIV DNA is very substantial...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Konnichiwa and thanks for posting your interesting question from Japan.Your point is a good one, and might apply for blood exposure or injection drug exposures- but most sexual exposure does not involve body fluids with a lot of white blood cells... Read more »

Shots instead of Pills?!? Is cure realistic?

Morning Doctor! Is this buzz of monthly injections to treat us already infected HIV'ers any part true. Could this be? How great would it be to just have a once monthly injection shot instead of having to worry about pill taking. Traveling with...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.Yes, there is truth to the buzz. Injectable medications for prevention and treatment are in development- phase 3 clinical trials of maintenance therapy with 2 drug injectable, once monthly medications will start this... Read more »

Atripla, then Complera, now back to Atripla?

Hi Dr Young! I am 38y/o, HIV+ for 9 years, monitored but not medicated for the first 5, and then on Atripla for the past 4 years. My viral load was always undetectable and CD4 average count was 500. About a month ago I switch to Complera to reduce...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi Adam aand thanks for posting.I can see no reason why the switch in medications is responsible for the change in your CD4 counts. With your continued viral suppression, I'd doubt that there's a problem. Has your CD4% changed? My... Read more »

Allergy shots, Exzema/ Rosacea, Cosmetic Treatment

Dr. HenryThis is all new to me; I've posted and few questions and wanted to thank you for responses. I'm receiving public care, although I'm appreciative, but as the saying goes "you get what you pay for". With that said,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I do recommend informing your doctors about your HIV status. Many allergy treatments/shots may not work well while the CD4 count is low. Your caution about adding more medications for the time being is warranted since the highest priority should be... Read more »
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anxiety how do you mange living with HIV?

Posted by Kriss, 6 Replies
I was born with it. I'm 23 now, but when I get emotinal for longer than a day, I start thinking about the struggles I'be been through esp living with HIV. I never been in a real romantic relationship because of the fact of being born with HIV and... Read more »

The tests so far and questions

Posted by LnrGirlAZ
I did the usual test at four weeks. This was a HIV 1/0/2 Abs, Qual ( if anyone knows the name for this one, i would love to know)that was a negative. My primary doctor felt it was important for me to test with pcr rna at 20 copies per mL at 8 weeks.... Read more »

What to do?

Posted by littlejax, 2 Replies
So, this is my first time here and I need some advice. I have been positive for 3 years and and it's been a year since I left the relationship that made it happen. Then, I met someone that sparked my interest. Never having to tell an SO about my... Read more »

Used tissue.

Posted by worriedwoman, 1 Reply
I went to the bathroom (number one and two) yesterday in a public toilet.There was no toilet roll or paper towels anywhere and I needed to wipe.Was desperate so I used a bit of toilet roll that was in the top of the bin next to me to clean both... Read more »