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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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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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Extremely large lymph node in groin; what's the next step?

I have been HIV positive since 1992. Three months ago I switched my antiretroviral therapy. The results in terms of CD4 cells and viral load have been very positive. About a week ago I noticed that one of the lymph nodes in my groin was extremely sw...

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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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If my partner has HPV, am I guaranteed to get it?

If someone were to have sex with someone who has HPV, is it guaranteed that the other person will get it?

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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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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 ...

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Bladder cancer treatment in an HIV positive patient. How do HIV drugs and chemotherapy go together?

My husband has been diagnosed with Stage 3-4 Bladder cancer. So far there is no evidence that the cancer has spread beyond the bladder wall, but he is advised to undergo bladder removal surgery. There are concerns that chemotherapy will complicated H...