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HIV progression/effect on lymph nodes

Dr. Dezube, Do you find that, as HIV disease progresses, lymph nodes no longer get enlarged, even if they are sensitive? If so, why is this? A breakdown in the ability of the body to defend itself? Thanks.

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Hemorrhoids or HPV

Hi, i am 18 years old and notice that my anus is slightly tighter, in the shower i felt a little bump inside the anus. I have never had anal sex, and i am a virgin. I was reading, and it could be either HPV or Hemorrhoids. I do not feel discomfort, p...

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Dying Husband with Lymphoma and Dementia; This may sound horrible, but I want him to die.

My husband is dying he was diagnosed at a very late stage Cd4 70s, viral load in the millions. My problem is unbeknown to me he had another wife in another state. She is negative and I am positive. This man literally did nothing to help himself in re...

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Not Alone Anymore In Montana

Forgive me if this is not the proper place to post but I wanted to get in touch with "Alone in Montana" ASAP. You are not alone! There are many other people in the state who are +. It's just we are all spread throughout the state. I have a non profit...

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Treatment for KS. Should I take chemotherapy or just rely on the fact that my immune system will improve?

I was diagnosed 7 weeks ago that I am HIV positive and that the small purple spots on my neck was KS. At that time my CD4 cell count was 143 and Viral load 438,080\. After 5 weeks on medication my CD4 cell count went to 350 and my Viral load to 1300\...

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Does KS need to be treated if it's only one spot?

doctor, do I need treatment if I have only one KS on my chest? I suspect it is KS because this 3mm spot has been there for several months and never go away. Thx.

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Can a biopsy of the lymph nodes detect HIV?

Can a simple biopsy of the lymph nodes detect the HIV virus? If so, how likely is it that a health care professional/doctor would see this on a test? Thanks.

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Can the first sign of AIDS be a Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma?

Can you tell me if it's unusual for Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma to be the first illness in an hiv+ person? Don't other conditions precede such a condition?

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CD4 decline and radiation

Dear Dr. In Feb,03 you answered a question about cd4 decline and radiation for the prostate.I recently had my parotids radiated.My cd4 was about 650 a week before treatment and 459 ten days post radiation. Viral load was 23,000 just before the treatm...

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Basal Cell Carcinoma and HIV

I just received a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma on my left arm. The dermatologist assured me that it is the type of cancer that can easily be removed -- it's a red ugly looking sore -- and I've made an appointment to have it done. I am very fair ...