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Why Does Hiv Cause Diarrhea

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Diarrhea and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Diarrhea and HIV How Does Diarrhea Affect the Body? Treating Your Diarrhea Taking Care of Yourself Diarrhea and HIV Diarrhea is one of the most common problems for people living with HIV(HIV+). It can affect as many as 80 percent of HIV+ people. While diarrheacaused by advanced HIV disease has decreased, many HIV+ people have diarrheafrom their HIV drugs. Diarrhea occurs when you have bowel movements more...
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hysterectomy causing diarrhea?

Five weeks ago I had a radical vaginal hysterectomy. I got along very well until last week, when extreme heartburn, diarrhea and dehydration occurred bad enough to send me to ER. Could the diarrhea be linked to the hysterectomy?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
This Body forum is exclusively for discussion of side effects of antiretroviral therapy (HIV treatment).... Read more »

Any meds that do not cause the Diarrhea?

I am on my 2nd cocktail of drugs however all seem to start to fail even if I am faithful in taking them. I have had problems taking the viracept until they came out with a new type of pill that did not gag me when taking them. I am now on viracept...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Making a recommendation about your HIV therapy is difficult in the absence of information about your current meds, your past meds (whether you could not tolerate them or experienced virologic failure), and what your goals for therapy are. The good... Read more »

Diarrhea cause meds to waste?

How concerned should an HIVer be with wasting their meds due to diarrhea? Generally, I am not watery; just loose. I avoid milk, etc. on day before and during my zythromax (once a wk). I also take bactrim on daily basis. I've found...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Most patients with persistent loose stools seem to do well with good responses to HIV medications despite the concern about decreased absorption from the gut. For most medications that doesn't generally pose a problem. If you have some degree... Read more »

Diarrhea caused by Entomoeba Hartmanni

Dear doctor:I was diagnosed on Dec 2003, my first labs showed CD4: 421 and VL: 11.000, I did labs again after 3 weeks, that was in January 13, my CD4 showed: 565 and my VL went up to: 28.000. I think the raise of the CD4 can be due to a multivitamin...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
This parasite is considered to be non-pathogenic (meaning not disease causing) - even in people with immunosupression. See CDC website fact sheet on th ebug at: its presence... Read more »
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diarrhea in hiv

Posted by anonymous123, 3 Replies
can diarrhea be the only symptom for hiv or do u have to have multiple symptoms? Read more »

Question about Diarrhea Symptom

Posted by scared83, 1 Reply
When someone gets a symptom of Diarrhea, how bad is it normally? Is it on and off? I haven't been eating anything out of the ordinary or taking any meds and I seem to have to need to visit the bathroom twice daily and the stool is sometimes loose... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hey there everyone. FIrst of all i wanted to say I appreciate what everyone does in this forum, supporting each other and giving confort. I hope it will remain this way for ever since it brings ALOT of relief to people who worry about HIV, including... Read more »

AIDS related diarrhea

Posted by Anonymous
AIDS-related diarrhea? I am interested in learning more about its
prevalence, causes and possible treatments. Any feedback is
welcome. Thanks

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