Google Alert – HIV Alabama

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HIV Alabama As-it-happens update ⋅ April 23, 2014
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Rural HIV patients linked to medical care Montgomery Advertiser
In 2012, the rate of HIV diagnoses was greatest in Montgomery County. … MAO uses maps from AIDSVu.org to view HIV rates in Alabama by county.

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Hot Topics: Allergy Shots; “Best” Antidepressants; Predicting CD4 Rise; Cancer Risk; and More

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April 22, 2014 Visit the Forums Read Past Email Newsletters Change/Update Subscription
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spacer.gif Living With HIV diamond.gifHIV and Allergy Shots: What Do I Need to Know?
I was diagnosed with HIV about a month ago — CD4 count 105, viral load 103,000 — and started treatment. Prior to my diagnosis I began getting allergy shots, but is it safe for me to continue them now that I know I have advanced HIV? Should I tell my allergy doctor that I’m HIV positive?

Keith Henry, M.D., responds in the “Managing Side Effects of HIV Treatment” forum

diamond.gifIs There a “Best” Antidepressant for Someone on HIV Treatment?
Some days, I get depressed: sad, unmotivated, dazed, tired, sleepy, etc. I took Prozac for some months and didn’t notice any improvement. Could you recommend other antidepressants that would be safe to take alongside my HIV treatment? My health provider is a very good person, but since he works in a free, crowded government clinic, there usually isn’t much time for an unrushed appointment.

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., responds in the “Mental Health and HIV” forum

diamond.gifAre There Natural Remedies for Fatty Liver?
I have been HIV positive for the past 4 years and on treatment (Viramune and Truvada) for a year and a half. An ultrasound taken about a year ago confirmed excessive fatty deposits on my liver. My HIV and immune system-related blood work has remained relatively steady within the past year with a CD4 count around 695 and an undetectable HIV viral load. Could you recommend any dietary strategies, supplements — or, if necessary, medical approaches — that might help my liver?

Lynn Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P., responds in the “Hepatitis and HIV Coinfection” forum

diamond.gifHow Depression Impacts HIV (Video)
thumbnail image for blurbIs there a connection between depression, a person’s ability to keep HIV under control, and heart attack risk? Two experts discuss the latest clues in an unfolding mystery.

HIV/AIDS Treatment

diamond.gifHow Much Will My CD4 Rise After Starting Treatment?
I’m a 30-year-old man newly infected within the past eight months. My CD4 count is 388 and my CD4 percentage is 24%; my first viral load test results are pending. Can we make any assumptions on what kind of increase I can expect in CD4 numbers once I start HIV meds?

Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C., responds in the “Understanding Your Labs” forum

diamond.gifOnce I Develop Drug Resistance, Does It Ever Go Away?
For someone who has been on many different HIV meds over many years, can their drug resistance over time change? Is it worth doing resistance testing periodically to see if this is the case?

Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C., responds in the “Understanding Your Labs” forum

diamond.gifAtripla, Vivid Dreams and Getting Past the Undetectable Brick Wall
thumbnail image for blurbSome people think that Mike, the writer of this guest blog, is lucky because he has a CD4 count of 1600. He doesn’t call it luck; he calls it responsibility, which helped him overcome Atripla’s side effects.

Other Health Issues & HIV/AIDS

diamond.gifHow Can I Avoid Developing Cancer?
Dear Nelson: I read that you had lymphoma. I hope you are now doing well, but I find it very alarming that someone who is so clued in about health issues and who is so obviously doing all the right things could end up with such a diagnosis. As a positive person myself, is there anything I should watch out for that would indicate potential cancers? What are the best steps I can take to prevent cancer?

Nelson Vergel responds in the “Aging With HIV” forum

diamond.gifDo People With HIV Die Suddenly?
Is it more likely for an HIV-positive person to die without warning in their sleep than an HIV-negative person?

Keith Henry, M.D., responds in the “Managing Side Effects of HIV Treatment” forum

diamond.gifAntron Olukayode on Sexual Assault, HIV Disclosure and Spinning Life’s Trials Into Art
thumbnail image for blurbA self-described “artivist” goes through the lows — sexual assault, diagnosis and homelessness — and the highs — starring in a CDC campaign, artistic success — since his diagnosis at 19.

Insurance, Workplace & Legal Concerns

diamond.gifHow Do I Get Ready for Medicare?
I have been HIV positive since 2010. In three years I will reach 65 and must enroll in Medicare 6 months prior. I have not yet started any research on Medicare and its prescription coverage, though I’m aware of issues like the “donut clause” and the need for supplemental insurance policies. What do I need to know?

Jacques Chambers, C.L.U., responds in the “Workplace and Insurance Issues” forum

diamond.gifTaking Your First HIV Med With the Encouragement of a Loved One
thumbnail image for blurbJoseph P had his filled prescription for three days before he actually took a pill. Some key words of support helped him take the first step.

HIV Transmission

diamond.gifDoes Standard Dental Cleaning Carry Any HIV Risk?
I went to the dentist to clean my teeth. I saw all the tools were taken out of plastic, except the metallic ones. If those metal tools were used on an HIV-positive person, would I be at risk of contracting the virus?

Shannon R. Southall responds in the “Safe Sex and HIV Prevention” forum

Strange but True

diamond.gifIf a Girl Leaked on a Chair …
A friend of my brother’s visited our place, and she sat on my chair. A couple of hours later, I sat on the same chair, and it felt wet — I think she may have leaked vaginal fluid on it. If she did and she was HIV positive, did I put myself at risk?

Shannon R. Southall responds in the “Safe Sex and HIV Prevention” forum

diamond.gifThe Case of the Bloody Neck Brace
A man at my son’s school walked past him with a neck brace on that was covered in blood. I’m not sure if it was dripping, but my son is short, so if blood did drip on him, even though my son was wearing a hood, it may have even landed in his eye. If it did, do you think he might have gotten HIV?

Shannon R. Southall responds in the “Safe Sex and HIV Prevention” forum

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Google Alert – HIV Mississippi

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HIV Mississippi As-it-happens update ⋅ April 22, 2014
NEWS
HIV Scientists Meet to Stem Epidemic in Chicago Youth HealthCanal.com
The “Mississippi baby” and the adults in Europe had this unusual outcome, because anti-HIV medicines were started very soon after HIV infection was …

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Google Alert – HIV Louisiana

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HIV Louisiana As-it-happens update ⋅ April 22, 2014
NEWS
Letter: State should educate students on sexual health education The Advocate
Over 20,000 chlamydia cases in Louisiana were reported among youth … One quarter of the new HIV infections in Louisiana reported were among …

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Google Alert – HIV Mississippi

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HIV Mississippi As-it-happens update ⋅ April 20, 2014
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Free health screenings offered Monday Bolivar Commercial
A Mississippian with HIV/AIDS is almost twice as likely to die than the average American with the virus; HIV-positive African-Americans in Mississippi

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Google Alert – HIV Alabama

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HIV Alabama As-it-happens update ⋅ April 19, 2014
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A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India Alabama Public Radio
Aher attends a national conference on HIV-AIDS in New Delhi on July 4, 2011. Unlike many other hijras, she holds a conventional job as a project …

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Google Alert – HIV Louisiana

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HIV Louisiana As-it-happens update ⋅ April 19, 2014
NEWS
Marijuana May Have Potential as an HIV Treatment TheBody.com
A team of Louisiana State University researchers is behind the findings, … a group of macaque monkeys infected with SIV, the simian form of HIV.

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Google Alert – HIV Alabama

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HIV Alabama As-it-happens update ⋅ April 18, 2014
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Longer Looks: HIV epidemic in the Deep South; planning for Alzheimer’s; Obamacare conspiracy News-Medical.net
One of the strangest things about the H.I.V. epidemic in the Deep South-;from Louisiana to Alabama to Mississippi-;is how easily most Americans have …

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Google Alert – HIV Louisiana

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HIV Louisiana As-it-happens update ⋅ April 18, 2014
NEWS
Longer Looks: HIV epidemic in the Deep South; planning for Alzheimer’s; Obamacare conspiracy News-Medical.net
One of the strangest things about the H.I.V. epidemic in the Deep South-;from Louisiana to Alabama to Mississippi-;is how easily most Americans have …

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Google Alert – HIV Mississippi

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HIV Mississippi As-it-happens update ⋅ April 18, 2014
NEWS
Longer Looks: HIV epidemic in the Deep South; planning for Alzheimer’s; Obamacare conspiracy News-Medical.net
One of the strangest things about the H.I.V. epidemic in the Deep South-;from Louisiana to Alabama to Mississippi-;is how easily most Americans have …

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