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Can the use of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) increase life expectancy rates? Experts Dennis Sifris, MD, and James Myhre weigh in.
It may start as a tingling sensation. Later the pain gets severe and you notice blisters. Are you having shingles symptoms? People with HIV commonly experience shingles symptoms. Is the pain and blisters you have shingles symptoms?
While HIV provides the opportunity for infections to develop, the symptoms are generally the result of a specific opportunistic infection.
To better avoid getting or transmitting HIV, it’s important not only to use condoms consistently, but to avoid common mistakes that often occur.
Studies show that 20-year-old HIV-positive person on antiretroviral therapy in the U.S. can now expect to live into their early 70s.
In the early acute stages of an HIV infection, 40% or more of people will develop flu-like symptoms within 7-14 days of an exposure.
While many people who get HIV infected show few or no signs or symptoms, there are HIV symptoms that sometimes appear. What are HIV symptoms? What are HIV signs and symptoms?
Understanding the signs and symptoms of HIV allows us to proactively treat (and even avoid) certain infections well before they occur.
The key to a long life with HIV is HAART, the HIV medications that changed the lives of all those affected and infected with HIV. The glossary definition of HAART explains just what HIV medications are about.
AIDS is not a disease, but rather the stage of HIV infection in which the body’s immune system is compromised, making it vulnerable to opportunistic infections.
There are millions of cases of urethritis each year around the world. This infection can strike anyone who is sexually active. What exactly is urethritis and how does it spread from person to person? How can it be treated?
Oral thrush is a common condition in those people living with HIV and AIDS. What is thrush and what can be done about it?
For those living with HIV, night sweats can be one of the most annoying HIV symptoms. What are night sweats and what can be done to help? Here are the facts about one of the most annoying HIV symptoms..
Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, can be a serious gastrointestinal infection that causes severe diarrhea. Here is your guide to C. diff.
Can you get HIV from blood on a counter top or floor? Can I get HIV from dried blood? Studies have shown HIV does not survive well outside the human body
Men who have sex with men are at risk for a silent killer; anal cancer. What are the dangers of anal cancer in men who have sex with men? What are the symptoms of rectal cancer?
Everyone wants to know if they are at risk for HIV infection. HIV infections can affect anyone; not just those with the infections. Do the behaviors in which you engage increase your risk of HIV infection or other infections? What is your risk for HIV infection or for that matter sexually transmitted infections?
Current generation HIV tests are considered extremely accurate. The blood-based HIV ELISA has a sensitivity and specificity of over 99%.
Today, there are 27 individual antiretroviral agents and eight fixed dosed combination (FDC) drugs comprised of two or more of different HIV drugs.
How do I know if I have HIV? Am I HIV infected? What are the signs and symptoms of HIV? This guide will show you how to determine if you do have HIV.
Is there a connection between HIV and oral sex? There is a commonly held belief among lay people that oral sex carries no risk. In fact, some consider oral sex a safer sex alternative. But the truth is, like any other sexual activity, oral sex carries a risk of transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. What are the risks of oral sex?
Condoms, where did they come from? The history of condoms is interesting. This condom history will show you where your condoms have come from.
CD4 cells are specialized cells that are a part of our immune system. What are CD4 cells and why are they important to those people living with HIV?
What is lymphadenopathy and how is it related to HIV. Are swollen lymph nodes necessarily lymphoma?
Condom breaks do occur. What should you do if the condom breaks?
There are many lab tests commonly used in people with HIV. In addition to the HIV test, one of the HIV lab tests your doctor will often draw is a complete blood count or CBC. What exactly is a Complete Blood Count and how is it used along with the HIV test and HIV testing?
We've all heard of Viagra. The wonder pill that treats erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction or impotence as it is often called, affects men of all ages. There was a time when treatments were few and success of treatment was rare. That was before the little blue pill - that was before Viagra.
Your doctor regularly measures CD4 count. What are CD4 cells? What are T-cells? Why are they so important?
HIV testing can take a couple different forms. There is the conventional blood test you get at any hospital or clinic that offers HIV testing. There is also rapid HIV testing; testing that uses a simple mouth swab to get your results to you in as little as 15 minutes. What are your HIV testing options? Is the rapid HIV test and rapid HIV testing for you?
What is HIV you ask? We hear about HIV all the time but what is HIV? The answer to that question is more complex than you think. What is HIV; let's find out.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. What do men and women need to know about HPV? Knowing a few simple facts can protect you from infection and even save your life.
CD4 percentage and absolute CD4 counts are difficult concepts. This article will help you better understand absolute CD4 and CD4 percentage.
How is HIV spread from one person to another?
Liver function tests are important, given the impact HIV medications can have on liver function.
Recognizing acute HIV syndrome is not always easy. During the time of seroconversion, patients can exhibit the signs of acute hiv syndrome. This guide will help recognize acute HIV syndrome.
The CDC recommends a new strategy for HIV testing using 4th generation combination assays able to detect both HIV antibodies and antigens.
After a possible exposure, people ask me,
The cost of HIV medications can be huge. Not taking them can even be more costly for your health. How much do HIV medicines cost? Here is a guide that shows the monthly cost of HIV medications.
HIV testing is the key to slowing the HIV epidemic. Is it possible for your test to be HIV negative but you still be HIV positive? You may be surprised at the answer.
Knowing where you have been helps you to choose the right path to where you want to go. The history of HIV helps scientists, medical professionals, and patients alike understand the disease and find better ways to fight it. This article examines the history of HIV.
One common mens-health issue is rectal pain. Rectal pain can occur for many reasons from the not so serious to the very serious. What are the causes of rectal pain and how should we address the problem as part of our mens-health program?
Generally speaking, oral sex—whether oral-penile, oral-vaginal, or oral-anal—is not considered to be an efficient route of HIV transmission.
Oral sex can be safe if performed using a few precautions. How to perform safer oral sex.
Before you have unprotected sex you should look at these facts. Unsafe sex carries a multitude of risks. These are just a few.
HIV impacts the entire body including your oral health. Your oral health is an important part of staying healthy. This article looks at HIV and how it can affect your oral health.
HIV information is the most important way to stay healthy. Understanding your disease gives you the power to particpate in your care planning. What ten things should everyone know about hiv/aids? Is HIV the same as AIDS? How to get an HIV test? How to tell someone you have HIV. These ten things are what everyone needs to know about hiv and aids.
Studies show that about 30 percent of all HIV infected people have some sort of kidney function abnormality. HIV and kidney disease is a common combination.
There are a number of tests used in the detection, treatment and management of HIV, ranging from rapid in-home saliva tests to genetic assays used to tailor therapy.
When it comes to selecting a worthy HIV/AIDS charity, start first by following the money. Here's a list of the charities that will best use your donation.
An HIV rash is a very common HIV symptoms and can also be related to medications. Here are some quick tips on dealing with an HIV rash.
At the beginning of the epidemic, Kaposis Sarcoma was the face of HIV. KS as it is sometimes called is less common in this age of HIV medication. But HIV and Kaposis Sarcoma still walk hand in hand in some patients.
Whether you are HIV-positive or HIV-negative, risk reduction strategies help you avoid infection and transmitting the virus to others.
There is hope for people with opiate dependence and addiction. Suboxone is a drug that has been approved to be used as part of an opiate detox and recovery program. Here is a Subxone fact sheet.
Once infected, HIV replication begins and the HIV life cycle goes unchecked until diagnosis and treatment. Understand the HIV life cycle and understand HIV replication.
With the emergence of HIV there has been a new emergence of Tuberculosis - TB. Because of that fact, it is important to test all HIV positive people for TB. Tuberculosis testing is necessary because of the potential dangers of undetected TB infection. Let's look at the Tuberculosis Skin Test - the PPD.
While 30% of all people suffer from sinusitis at least once each year, people living with HIV seem to have more frequent and more severe bouts. Why do HIV and sinus infections seem to be common companions?
HIV transmission occurs in many ways. Sexual transmission is the most common. What kind of contact between two people offers an HIV risk? Does HIV transmission occur during casual contactsuch as shaking hands, hugging, using a toilet, or drinking from the same glass?
A common skin infection in people with HIV. These infected hair follicles can occur anywhere on the body there is hair. What to do if you have it.
A collection of some of the best HIV related movies. Movie reviews of the best HIV/AIDS related movies.
The fear of being HIV infected is understandable. After all it's a chronic disease that stays with you for life. But what happens when that fear is unfounded. Despite your negative HIV tests the fear that you have been HIV infected practically paralyzes you. It's AIDS phobia and it's absolutely real.
Some people with HIV/AIDS describe it as a burning sensation. Others say that it's like a thousand hot needles poking the feet and hands. These are peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Peripheral neuropathy can be an uncomfortable, very annoying, and sometimes a crippling condition. What causes this problem and what can be done about it?
HIV and substance abuse are common companions. Specifically, opiate addiction and the misuse of Vicodin, Oxycontin, or Heroin can make HIV treatment much more difficult. There is hope; the use of Suboxone for opiate addiction.
Hepatitis is a liver inflammation caused by many factors. It is a serious disease that is deadly in HIV patients. Here are some basic hepatitis facts.
Nearly one in four new HIV infections occur in youth aged 13-24, and the rate has continued to rise every year despite decreases in other age groups.
Staying healthy means breaking the cycle of infection. Simply put, preventing infections before they start is the best way to live a long healthy life.
The cornerstone of AIDS prevention is condom use. Condoms do prevent HIV and STDs and therefore must be an essential part of AIDS prevention. Condoms are an important part of STD, HIV, and AIDS prevention.
What are universal precautions and why are they important.
There are many HIV and AIDS myths out there. HIV and AIDS myths are dangerous and contribute to prejudice and stigma. Let's dispel the HIV and AIDS myths with this list of the top ten HIV and AIDS related myths.
Left untreated HIV progression to AIDS will occur. How long does it take for HIV to Progress to AIDS?
What are the AIDS defining illnesses? There are approximately 29 illnesses that are said to be AIDS defining.
How does HIV make you sick? What does HIV do to your body? Why do HIV symptoms and AIDS symptoms occur in the first place?
We hear so much talk about HIV we assume there is only one type of HIV. Actually, the HIV we talk about most is HIV-1. There is a second, less common strain called HIV-2. What is HIV-2?
There is debate about the origin of HIV. In fact it may not be totally clear where HIV came from. Where did HIV come from? What is the history of HIV?
Diarrhea can be a life threatening problem if not treated correctly and rapidly. It's one of the most annoying HIV symptoms. Here are some diarrhea cures that can help.
HIV prevention is about more than just rules. It's about creating a lifelong framework by which protect yourself and others from HIV.
Your immune system is the body's natural defense against illness. What are the parts of the immune system? How does each part work to protect the body from infection. Learn how the immune system works and you'll better understand HIV and AIDS.
Dating with HIV can be scary at first, but with the right information and precautions, HIV and dating will be as safe and rewarding as dating between people without HIV. Here is a feature that details precautions taken with HIV dating.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the most common causes of illness in the world. The parasitic infection Trichomoniasis is one of the common sexually transmitted diseases. Here are some facts about Trichomoniasis. Page 4.
Depression affects 10 million Americans each year. It's estimated that 1 in 4 adults will have at least one depressive episode in their lifetime. HIV and depression often go hand in hand. This feature talks about depression, depression treatment, and the connection between HIV and depression.
A CD4 count and viral load test are performed to determine the status of a person's immune system and the level of HIV in the body.
This feature talks about the signs and symptoms of trichomoniasis. Understanding the signs and symptoms of trichomoniasis allows for earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Prophylaxis medications can be used to either prevent either the acquisition or transmission of HIV, or the development of opportunistic infections.
HIV reinfection can be a problem if precautions are not taken. Safer sex in the form of positive prevention is the key.
The HIV life cycle is a series of cellular changes that results in new HIV reproduction. Here is a step by step illustration of the HIV life cycle. Page 2.
Routine blood tests are just as important to understand in the proper management of HIV infection as your CD4 count and viral load.
The body fights infection with its immune system. HIV weakens the immune system, making the body susceptible to other infections. Those infections are called opportunistic infections.
Condoms are the cornerstone of safer sex and have reduced HIV infections worldwide. So why then do only 65% of men use condoms on a regular basis?
HIV and pregnancy is no longer just a dream. There are options that will help you to have the family you dreamed of and prevent HIV transmission at the same time. Sperm washing is one such option. Read this article about HIV and sperm washing.
HIV prevention is the key to slowing the HIV epidemic. These HIV prevention facts give you important information about methods of HIV prevention. Here are some quick HIV prevention facts that will assist you in preventing HIV.
What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? Is HIV and AIDS the same thing?
HIV testing is the key to slowing the epidemic. Why should we get HIV tested? There are many reasons but here are my top five.
HIV post-exposure prophylaxis are the medications given to treat an HIV exposure. Treating an HIV exposure is done to reduce the risk of HIV infection after exposure. HIV post-exposure prophylaxis has been shown to decrease the chance of HIV infection after an occupational exposure.
HIV transmission can occur in several ways. Can HIV transmission occur via vaginal sex? Yes you can get HIV from vaginal sex. Get the facts.
The HIV viral load is another measurement of the status of your HIV infection. It measures the amount of active HIV in your blood.
Am I infected with a sexually transmitted disease? What are the symptoms of STD's? If you think you have signs of STDs get STD tested.
Studies show sleep problems in HIV begin early after diagnosis or before a diagnosis is made and continue throughout the stages of HIV disease.
Pregnancy and HIV are common in today's world. Years ago when a woman was HIV positive she gave up any hope of having a family. Now HIV and pregnancy can co-exist without problems. If you are HIV+ and family planning, this article will educate you about HIV and pregnancy.
Tuberculosis or TB as it is often referred to is a serious illness that is killing people around the world. TB is diagnosed with a simple TB test. This guide to tuberculosis will detail the TB problem and why it is a danger to people with HIV. For people living with HIV, understanding TB is a must and getting a TB test is essential.
Testosterone is a male hormone that regulates many physiological processes in men. Low testosterone levels is a common problem in men, especially those living with HIV. Testosterone replacement may be necessary but know the facts about testosterone before beginning replacement.
Finding a doctor is the first step after being diagnosed with HIV. HIV is a complex disease that requires specially trained physicians; HIV specialists to deliver the complex care necessary to live a long healthy life. What is the key to finding the right doctor? What is the key to finding an HIV specialist?
The incidence of heart disease in people living with HIV is not so uncommon. One way to assess the health of your heart is by an EKG. The EKG, sometimes called an ECG or electrocardiogram, is sometimes needed in order to diagnose a problem or to assure the health of your heart prior to a procedure.
HIV is a complex disease caused by the HIV virus. Understanding HIV will help you stay healthier longer. Knowledge is power, and never has that been more true than when dealing with HIV. Here are some common HIV related questions with easy to understand answers.
Come walk in my shoes. Get a glimpse of what it is like to be living with HIV.
Is kissing a risky behavior? Does kissing put me at risk for HIV?
Teens are engaing in oral sex more often than intercourse. Oral sex carries a risk for both HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurance created after March 23, 2010 must offer free smoking cessation interventions.
Used appropriately, Vicodin is a very effective pain reliever for those suffering from moderate to severe pain. However, when abused, Vicodin can be dangerous. What are the dangers of Vicodin use?
There are several types of herpes. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type I(HSV-1) and type II (HSV-2). With herpes genital health is compromised.
Returning to work after an HIV diagnosis can be a very stressful event. But not so long ago, working with HIV was not possible given that fact that most people were diagnosed very late. Here's some information about HIV in the workplace.
Living with hemophilia and HIV is a challenge. What is hemophilia and how did hemophilia lead to HIV?
HIV around the world takes you to South Africa. AIDS in Africa is raging out of control. Some call it the new apartheid.
I've heard it called the marijuana pill. Actually it's Marinol, a drug used to treat nausea, vomiting and poor appetite. While it has a synthetic form of the active ingredient in marijuana I think dubbing it the marijuana pill is not entirely accurate. What is Marinol and how is it used in the HIV positive patient.
The functional cure is an evidence-based hypothesis by which HIV may be kept in check to undetectable levels without the use of chronic medications.
With the introduction of newer, more effective antiretroviral drugs, health panels around the world are updating their HIV treatment recommendations.
Get all the HIV information you need with this comprehensive HIV/AIDS fact sheet. The best place to start is the beginning - HIV 101 - basic HIV information at your fingertips.
People with HIV must be aware of opportunistic infections. Fungal opportunistic infections can occur in people living with HIV. Here is a guide to some of the most common fungal opportunistic infections.
These are the HIV travel restrictions for those countries A-C. HIV Testing Requirements for Entry into Foreign Countries
Recent studies have shown that some HIV medications can increase the risk of having a heart attack. What HIV medications increase the risk of a heart attack.
Condoms are very effective in preventing STDs and HIV when they are used correctly. Learn how to use a condom the right way.
The Average Wholesale Price (AWP) is the average price that wholesalers are actually paying for a particular HIV drug.
Your body produces antibodies to HIV in hopes of fighting off that infectious virus. In other words HIV seroconversion has occured.
Some consider people living with HIV as disabled people. Is AIDS HIV a disability? Many people would say no. Many living with HIV would say they are disabled people. According to the definition of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the answer is yes, HIV is a disability and legally, people living with HIV are considered disabled people.
Learn what parts make up the immune system and how the immune system works with this two part series. Understand the immune system and you will understand HIV.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the most common causes of illness in the world. Chlamydia is one of many sexually transmitted diseases. Like other STDs, having chlamydia puts you at an additional risk for HIV infection.
What are the risks of breastfeeding when living with certain medical conditions such as HIV, Hepatitis B & C, and herpes? Page 3.
MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is in the news almost everyday. This infection can be very mild to very serious. What is MRSA and what can you do to decrease your risk of getting the infection?
Lactic Acidosis is a concerning and potentially fatal illness. What is HIV Lactic Acidosis and what can be done about it?
Barebacking is considered by some to be a rite of passage. HIV and barebacking have been linked. Deliberate HIV infection is happening much too frequently and HIV conversion parties are part of some sub-cultures. How is HIV and barebacking related?
On June 27, 2014, the CDC recommended the use of 4th generation combination tests able to detect HIV up to four weeks earlier than antibody tests.
Syphilis is at epidemic proportions in many areas; transmitted from person to person sexually. Are HIV and Syphilis related or connected? What are syphilis signs and symptoms?
The Department of Health and Human Services released updated guidelines for the initiation and use of antiretrovirals in adults infected with HIV.
Can HIV be transmitted by way of oral sex? What is the HIV risk of oral sex? The answer is found here in this HIV transmission faq.
Here are the most current state and metropolitan AIDS statistics.
cART is the acronym for combination antiretroviral therapy, which employs the use of three or more drugs to suppress HIV replication.
In the event of accidental exposure to HIV, there are medications that can reduce the risk of infection called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis or PEP.
Hepatitis B Fact Sheet complete with hepatitis b signs and symptoms
What are the riskiest activities when it comes to HIV transmission and infection?
What's that hip pain you are having? Could it be Avascular Necrosis (AVN)? AVN is one of those disease that sometimes strikes the HIV positive person. What is AVN? Let's explore hip pain and HIV.
In April 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that all persons between the ages of 15 and 65 be given a one-time HIV test.
UNAIDS and WHO have devised a classification of HIV epidemic states, based on surveillance of key at-risk groups.
HIV is a complex disease that needs proper treatment. These HIV treatment guidelines help your doctor put together a regimen that works for you. Here are the new HIV treatment guidelines.
Women are uniquely affected by HIV. What is the impact of HIV on women. What are the challenges faced by women living with HIV.
There is a question I have heard hundreds of times; what is AIDS. So what is AIDS and how does it differ from HIV?
Lipodystrophy is one of the side effects of HIV medications, where fat is redistributed to the neck and back. Is there any lipodystrophy treatment?
I heard that when you get AIDS you will die. Are people still dying from AIDS? How many AIDS deaths occur each year?
HIV is a complex disease that continues to take its toll around the world. For those living with the disease, understanding the disease is key to staying healthy. For those not infected, the key to staying free of HIV is to understand the disease and how it spreads from person to person. This feature presents 10 facts about HIV that will help all of us better understand HIV.
Obesity is a societal problem that only seems to be getting worse. Over the past few years, obesity has even affected HIV positive people. HIV and obesity is becoming more common all the time. This article addresses those who are over weight and HIV positive.
Co-Pay and Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) provide access to HIV drugs for those who having difficulty affording medications or insurance coverage.
Serum electrolytes are substances that circulate in the blood and control such things as cardiac function and muscle contraction. Serum electrolytes are part of the typical HIV blood tests.
HIV medications come with their fair share of side effects; some of which can be annoying, and potentially serious. You must understand which HIV medication side effects are possible and what you should do about them. For some of the HIV medication side effects there are solutions that can help. For others you need to contact your doctor when they occur. This feature will help you deal with HIV medication side effects.