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Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

For most people, the hardest part of adjusting to life with HIV isn't the physical issues -- it's the emotional ones. HIV treatment has changed so drastically in recent years that the medical side of HIV has become much easier to tackle in most parts of the world. Newer HIV meds have increasingly few side effects, people on HIV treatment may live just as long as their HIV-negative counterparts , and many people need only take medications once or...
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AIDS diagnosis (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION)

12 months ago I was diagnosed with AIDS as a result of an NHL diagnosis. My CD4 was 40 and VL was 750,000. After 12 mos, my CD4 is 274, VL is <40 (new testing has triggered and no longer undetectable) I'm on Atripla and take 100-200mg of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Congratulations on your improved health status. Regarding the AIDS diagnosis, that remains even if your CD4 count rises above the 200 mark. (See below.) As far as how much immune reconstitution (rise in CD4 count) you can expect on effective... Read more »

Does 13% CD4 (< 14%) give me an AIDS diagnosis? (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2009)

This site has really been my best source of information and education and for that I am very grateful...Thank you! I've recently been diagnosed with HIV and I can't seem to get my head around the numbers and what they mean? From what I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,A CD4% less than 14% is an AIDS-qualifying condition, even if the absolute CD4 count is still above 200. Consequently yes, you do have AIDS. Does it make any difference? No, not really. HIV disease comprises a spectrum from the early, often... Read more »

AIDS vs HIV (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2008)

Dr Bob,First I would like to thank you for all the wonderful work you have done for HIV/AIDS. I enjoy your wit also. My question might soundstupid to you but I don't know if I stillshould be labeled as having "AIDS" or not. I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,First off, 55+ is not an "oldie" and can still be a "goodie" (as well as a "hottie!"). Next, I agree folks shouldn't get hung up on labels, particularly HIV versus AIDS. AIDS is a somewhat arbitrary definition... Read more »

Defining AIDS (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION, 2010)

If a persons cell count bounces back up above 200, or they beat an opportunistic infection, they are still considered to have AIDS. Why is that? I found out that I had HIV 17 years ago when I became extremely ill with flu-like symptoms but I also...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,See below. The information you requested was already waiting for you in the archives.Dr. BobCONFUSED ABOUT YOUR ARTICLE (DEFINITION HIV VS AIDS 2009) Feb 17, 2009In your answr to a patient , you said that the current definition of AIDS is not... Read more »
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On the rise 3.5 years post HIV/AIDS diagnosis

Posted by PositiveInPVD, 5 Replies
Well, just some words of encouragement for anyone who is particularly new to this whole thing. After diagnosis in Dec 2002 when I was in very bad shape by the time we found out it was HIV (CD4 = 50, VL &gt;650,000, thrush, wasting, all that bad... Read more »

HELP !! CD4 170 AIDS DIAGNOSIS-- IS THIS THE END?

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I have been positive and healthy on no meds for the last 8 years. Now my cd4 count which was about 600 is down to 170 and my once undetectable viral load is now detectable. What's the average timeframe a person survives after an AIDS diagnosis ? I... Read more »

Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

Posted by Hneedlove, 1 Reply
My advice to someone who just found out that they're positive would be to tell them, don't feel like it's your fault that you made a mistake, and it's your fault and that life is over.

Life is not over. Seek support wherever you can get it, from... Read more »

Recent AID's Diagnosis: What should I expect?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I am a hetereosexual, non-drug user who has been living with HIV for 13 years. I was just officially Diagnosed with AIDS because of my percentages (11%). My CD4's are 262 and Viral 1801. I didn't realize how uneducated I was on AID's until now. ... Read more »