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Gastrointestinal (Gut) Issues and HIV

When Tummy Troubles Strike, Should You Treat at Home or Call Your Provider?

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When to Get Help: The Experts Weigh In

When to Get Help: The Experts Weigh In


Are people living with HIV more likely to have gastrointestinal issues?

Are people living with HIV more likely to have gastrointestinal issues?


Should people with HIV be more concerned about stomach issues?

Should people with HIV be more concerned about stomach issues?


Is my symptom due to illness or a side effect of medication?

Is my symptom due to illness or a side effect of medication?


If it's not a side effect of medication, should I just treat it myself?

If it's not a side effect of medication, should I just treat it myself?


If I do have diarrhea, what should I do?

If I do have diarrhea, what should I do?


What about the over-the-counter medicines for diarrhea? Do they work?

What about the over-the-counter medicines for diarrhea? Do they work?


What about heartburn or reflux? Can I treat these by myself?

What about heartburn or reflux? Can I treat these by myself?


And over-the-counter medicines for reflux, can I take them?

And over-the-counter medicines for reflux, can I take them?


But if it's just heartburn, is it OK to ignore it?

But if it's just heartburn, is it OK to ignore it?


So, what's the bottom line on when to call my medical provider?

So, what's the bottom line on when to call my medical provider?


Martha Kempner

Martha Kempner

@marthakempner

Martha Kempner is a freelance writer, consultant and sexual health expert.