Hiv Illness And Physical Appearance

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Get the Facts
The Well Project

HIV and Aging

...HIV-positive people are reaching older age, and more middle-age HIV-positive people are experiencing diseases of aging, many of the medical problems facing HIV-positive people have more to do with diseases of aging than HIV-related illnesses. Starting HIV treatment before your CD4 cell count falls to 350 cuts the risk of HIV-related and non-HIV-related illnesses. Recent US treatment guidelines recommend that people start HIV treatment even...
Ask the Experts

Worried Sick! Please Help!!! I'll donate!!

Dear Dr. Bob,I am writing you again because I would really like my questions answered. I'm so paranoid right now. I can barely eat. Six days ago, I engaged in sexual intercourse with my HIV+ partner for the first time. I used a condom, and there...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Your HIV-acquisition risk is essentially nonexistent, assuming the latex condom was used properly and didn't fail (break).Your "symptoms" Read more »

After Hip Replacement surgery and feeling ill.

Question to The Body of evening of Saturday, April 10, 2010, 9:52pm.I had hip replacement surgery on March 3 2010. I am HIV positive and have had an AIDS diagnosis since October of 1994. I have been infected since approximately 1982. It is now 5 1/2...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...and addressing any other conditions (diabetes, cardiac) can all be important for recovery besides maintaining good control of HIV infection. KH Read more »

HIV fear and serious psychosomatic illness

Dear Dr Bob,I would appreciate if you posted this for the benefit of all the seriously worried among us. I was unlucky to fall ill exactly three weeks after a risky incident with a girl in Eastern Africa. From then on I experienced a variety of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...your thanks and for taking the time to write in and share your story. I frequently discuss the possibility of psychosomatic illness, but most worried wells reject the concept without serious consideration. Hopefully your testimonial will... Read more »


I'm a newbe,and I'm worried about physical changes in my appearence,I am scared that my stomache will bloat,my shoulder blades will pretrude,and my muscle will deteriate.Im on comb/sustiva,and wonder if there is any combo's studied that will not let...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...understand what the causes of these body shape changes are. It is clear from several studies that long-standing, or severe HIV disease places one at risk of development. This would suggest that delaying the start of therapy actually increases... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

South Africa: Returning Sick -- HIV, Illness, Death and Migration

... While migration in South Africa is commonly thought of as rural to urban, the number of ill or seriously ill HIV/AIDS patients who return home to the rural Eastern Cape from Cape Town indicates the traffic goes both ways. Patricia Fekema, Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lipodystrophy Syndrome and Self-Assessment of Well-Being and Physical Appearance in HIV-Positive Patients

...condition and the amount of disturbance of well-being by HIV infection. Participants with LDS felt recognizable as HIV-positive by physical appearance in 30.1 percent of cases, compared to 18.3 percent in patients without LDS. This difference... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How to Spot HIV/AIDS Fraud

...proven to be safe and effective for those purposes. Regular medicine does not have a cure for HIV. Because it is a serious illness, many people with HIV disease are willing to try almost anything to get healthy. Some unproven treatments may be... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Alternative and Complementary Therapies

...Why Aren't There More Studies of Alternative Therapies? Alternative therapies aren't always designed to treat a particular illness: Some alternative therapies treat the whole person, not an illness. They might restore harmony, balance, or... Read more »