What Measures Can Be Taken To Prevent Infections With Hiv

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Viral Load Tests

...Is the Test Used? How Are Changes in Viral Load Measured? Viral Load "Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral Load? The viral load test measures the amount of HIV virus in your blood. There are different techniques for doing this: The PCR ( p olymerase c hain r eaction) method uses an enzyme to multiply the HIV in the blood sample. Then a chemical reaction marks the...
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Effects of cd4 count less than100

Effects & symptoms of CD4 count less than 100 and effective measures to be taken immediately
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
...Anyone with a CD4 count AIDS by definition and is at serious risk of developing opportunistic infections or death. HIV treatment should be started immediately, as well as antibiotics to prevent some of the more serious infection... Read more »

If HIV lives in the gut is there any way to measure it

Dear Doctor HolodniyI have read that only 2% of HIV lives in the blood, the reaminder resiging in our lymph nodes, gut, brain, testicles etc.The majority I believe lives in the gut and judging by the rumbling in my stomach since I was infected this...
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
...It can be measured, but is not practical, given the need for invasive procedures to acquire tissue by endoscopy. Read more »


My partner and I have been monogomous since we started dating five years ago and we are both HIV positive. We believe that my partner was positive before we started dating, however, because we were young and foolish we didn't get tested. I was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...occur more frequently early in the course of infection. (And that may be where you and/or your partner are.) It is true that if HIV medications are used and successfully drive the HIV plasma viral load down to undetectable levels, the risk of HIV... Read more »

Time period of HIV

Hi, I was wondering if there was any way you could estimate on how long you had HIv? I was recently diagnosed and I cannot remember my last negative test.
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...are used primarily in research studies that are attempting to determine the incidence of HIV infection, or the number of new infections occurring in a population. Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Increased HIV-Prevention Measures Could Reduce Projected Number of New Infections Over Next Decade, Study Says

... Spending more money on HIV-prevention programs could help to reduce the projected number of new HIVinfections globally between 2005 and 2015 from 60 million Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Couples With Mixed HIV Status

...Special Issues for Mixed Couples? Reducing the Risks Using a Condom Other Ways to Reduce Risk If You Are Exposed to HIV ... Having Children if the Man Has HIV Having Children if the Woman has HIV Serodiscordant Couples ... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...help you and your health care provider keep track ofhow you are doing in the following areas: Immune System Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

...problems from anti-HIV drugs, but your health care provider can choose drugs that easier on the liver. People with both infections are more likely to be depressed. Depression is a symptom of hep C. This can cause missed doses of... Read more »
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HIV and MRSA I need info.

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...My daughter is HIV positive. Last year she gave birth to a healthy little girl. I was there for the birth and went into the delivery room. She soon Read more »

Should You Get HIV Care Only If You "Deserve" It?

Posted by TheBody, 12 Replies
...host of reasons. Have you always, always, always been completely 100% safe? Think of it this way Ricky: half of all new HIVinfections in the U.S. are in young adults aged 13-24. Young people who think they are in love (and not really at risk for... Read more »

HIV controversy

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...Recently there have been anonymous postings here on The Body as well as other web sites - these posts are telling us that the AIDS/HIV relationship is a myth and that the meds are the real culprit, killing us while we're being told it is the HIV.... Read more »

Infected while testing- Is it possible?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...I recently went to the local clinic for testing and was told that my exposure was so low risk that I need not even test for HIV, but I should test for everything else. Since I was there I asked to be tested for everything. When I went in I... Read more »