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Why Is It Difficult For A Person With Hiv To Fight Off Infections

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Acute HIV Infection

What Is Acute HIV Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage of HIV disease is called "acute HIV infection" or "primary HIV...
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A Difficult Question ? (WHEN TO START TREATMENT 2008)

Dear Doctor Bob,here I have an interesting question for the category "when to start HAART".My absolute CD4 count has been stable between 500 and 550 for one year. My CD4 % has been stable around 25-26% for a year.My plan was to start meds...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Lars,Yes, I agree, knowing exactly the best time to begin HAART is indeed a challenging question. Balancing the potential benefits (improved immune function, decreased viral load) with potential side effects (both short- and long-term) and... Read more »

Can person with undetectable viral load infect a negative person

I am a positive female with an undetectable viral load. My boyfriend is negative. Can he become positive from unprotected sex if my viral load is undetectable?...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThere are studies out that show when someone is positive and taking medications and has a undetectable viral load the risk of HIV transmission is decreased by up to 96%. Condom use also dramatically decreases HIV risk.HIV transmission is difficult... Read more »

Is it safe to have unprotected sex with the same person who I infected

Me and my wife are 61 years of age being infected in 2004. Can I have unprotected sex with only my wife and still increase the risk of HIV. My CD count is 1450 Vload 268 my wife CD 395 Vload <68 We are both using Truvada & Efavirenz. Our...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Unprotected sex between two HIV-positive partners is not recommended due to the possibility of acquiring another strain of the virus (superinfection). See below.Dr. BobUsing latex condoms (SUPERINFECTION, 2009) (FINDINGS SUGGEST HIV CAN BE... Read more »

Will prednisone shrink lymph nodes in HIV-infected persons?

Would you know if prednisone would shrink swollen neck glands on a HIV infected person, I know that antibiotics only fight bacterial infections not viral infections but what about prednisone?...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Prednisone will indeed shrink most lymph nodes. HOWEVER, I would not recommend taking prednisone in order to shrink lymph nodes. Prednisone is most often used to suppress/regulate the immune system (e.g. asthma, poison ivy, pneumocystis... Read more »
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group N infections difficult to identify....

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
1: AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2004 Aug;20(8):902-8. Related Articles, Links

Identification and genomic sequence of an HIV type 1 group N isolate from Cameroon.

Bodelle P, Vallari A, Coffey R, McArthur CP, Beyeme M, Devare SG, Schochetman G, Brennan... Read more »

is almost imposible for a person to get infected?

Posted by scared77, 2 Replies
I was looking at the table where it says that

6.5 outta 10,000 of exposure by insertive tops can become infected when exposed to the virus.

50 outta 1,000 bottoms can become infected

5 outta 1,000 women in vaginal intercourse etc.

looking at these... Read more »

Visiting HIV infected person

Posted by tnk, 1 Reply
Hello Sir, I am from India..Please help me....

My father-in-law is HIV +ve. We came to know about this about 3 months back..
We are supposed to visit him for 2 days this weekend..

What I want to know is what precautions should I take while our visit..... Read more »

group N difficult to be identified!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
1: AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2004 Aug;20(8):902-8. Related Articles, Links


Identification and genomic sequence of an HIV type 1 group N isolate from Cameroon.

Bodelle P, Vallari A, Coffey R, McArthur CP, Beyeme M, Devare SG, Schochetman G,... Read more »