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John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Active in AIDS research and treatment since tracking of the disease began in 1981, Dr. Sullivan serves as director of the Office of Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is also a professor of pediatrics in the Program of Molecular Medicine. A graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, where he earned a B.S. in biology, Dr. Sullivan received a M.D. from the State University of New York Medical School/Upstate. He trained at the Children's Orthopedic Hospital (University of Washington), and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). From 1975 to 1978, Dr. Sullivan served a residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington, where he was a senior fellow in arthritis and immunology. Dr. Sullivan has been with UMass Medical School since 1978. Now a member of the Governor's Task Force on AIDS, Dr. Sullivan served on the Immunological Sciences Study Section from 1982 to 1986 and was a charter member of the AIDS and Related Research Study Section of the NIH. Since 1983, he has received more than $10 million for research in rapid diagnostic testing, and immunological responses to HIV. He was honored by Governor Dukakis in 1986 for his contribution to the fight against AIDS in children and adults with hemophilia, and received the University of Massachusetts Award for Distinguished Public Service. Dr. Sullivan has long been sought as one of the foremost experts in pediatric AIDS and HIV treatment. He is currently serving on review panels for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, among others, and is collaborating on five research grants for the NIH. His professional affiliations are numerous and include the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Sullivan's co-authored articles have appeared in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Support for Dr. Sullivan's research has been provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Therion Biologics Inc.

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My wife and I are planning to adopt a baby. We find out that the baby we want, the mother when she went to give birth came out as HIV positive. The baby is 5 months now. They have done two preliminary tests and so far have come out negative to HIV. T...

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What is the probability?

I am 34 year old female. Several years ago I got intoxicated and had sexual intercourse with a man that I dated as a young teen. Several months later I heard that he is HIV+. I talked to to his family and they told me that he has AIDS. And has had HI...

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Babies born to hiv infected mothers

How long will it take before a babies is free of her mother's antibodies and be tested negative?

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Babys and HIV

I have heard that the HIV died when is exposed to the air or cold temperatures. If a woman is HIV+ and she wants to breast feed her baby, is it possible to put the breast milk in the freezer and later feed the baby with that milk?

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pregnancy and cd4 count

I understand that pregnancy affects a woman's immune system. Is it therefore, possible that one's cd4 count can drop during pregnancy when one is not on meds.

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HIV pos nanny

I just found out that the nanny that cares for my 1year and 3 year old is hiv positive. I'm afraid that she may have unknowingly passed it on to them. She bathes,feeds and does their nappy changes. I will be getting them tested, but please me what ar...

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Yeast infection and HIV

I had three protected with condoms, sexual intercourse encounters with three separate men in sept/oct. I recd oral from all three men. and gave oral, though not to ejaculation, to all three. Two weeks after the last encounter I developed a severe vag...

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Could I be infected?

I was in a relationship with an amaizing guy who did everything for me,After a while of seeing each other,he suggested we stop using a condom as we were deeper into the relation, I was a bit sceptical at first but one night we tried it, though during...

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Primary HIV or something else?

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