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These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:12:59 +0000

 



What Does an HIV Rash Look Like?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Rash is common during the course of an HIV infection, with the causes, presentation and treatment as varied as the rashes themselves.



What Are the Early Signs of HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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.



Peripheral Neuropathy

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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?



How To Identify the Shingles Rash

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn about the symptoms and signs of shingles, how to identify the rash, and the complications that shingles may cause.



What Are the Signs and Symptoms of HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

While HIV diminishes the body's ability to defend itself, the symptoms are generally the result of a specific opportunistic infection.



Top 6 Signs You May Have HIV

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

While people newly infected with HIV often show few or no signs of illness, there are symptoms which often suggest that an infection has taken place.



The Facts About HIV and Oral Sex

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Generally speaking, oral sex (which include oral-penile, oral-vaginal and oral-anal sex) is not considered an efficient route of HIV transmission.



Deciphering Your Routine HIV Blood Tests

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Routine blood tests are just as important to understand in the proper management of HIV infection as your CD4 count and viral load.



Are Night Sweats a Sign of HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Night sweats occur frequently in people with HIV, most often in later stages of untreated disease (when the CD4 count is below 200 cells/mL).



How to Tell If You Have an HIV Infection

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

How do I know if I have HIV? What are the signs? Can I tell if someone has HIV? These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions about HIV.



Why CD4 T-Cells Are Important for People With HIV

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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How to Treat Your Depression and Nerve Pain...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn more about an antidepressant Cymbalta, or duloextine, that can also be used to treat nerve pain, a common side effect of HIV medication.



Am I Getting Shingles?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

By spotting the early signs and symptoms of shingles (herpes zoster), you may be able to lessen the severity of an impending outbreak.



Blood Tests - Liver Function Tests (LFTs)

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Liver function tests are a battery of tests that gives your doctor an idea of how well your liver is working, especially when treating HIV infection.



How Viagra Works and What to Watch Out For

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn more about viagra used to treat erectile dysfunction, including its mechanism, dosages, and side effects.



How Long Can I Live If I Get HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Studies have shown that a 20-year-old, HIV-positive person on antiretroviral therapy can now expect to live into his or her early 70s.



How Long Can HIV Live Outside of the Body?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Under specific conditions, HIV can survive outside of body for hours, days and even weeks. But does this mean that there is a real risk of infection?



What Is HIV/AIDS?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

AIDS is not a disease but rather the stage of HIV disease in which the immune system is compromised, making it vulnerable to opportunistic infections.



What is the Chance that I will Get HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn the odds or statistics behind your chance of getting HIV based on certain exposures like sex, sharing needles, or getting a needle-stick injury.






10 Condom Mistakes You Should Never Make

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

To better avoid getting or transmitting HIV, it’s important not only to use condoms consistently, but to avoid common mistakes that often occur.



Am I at Risk of Getting HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

When assessing your risk of HIV, it's important to understand the four conditions that must be satisfied in order for an HIV infection to take place.



The Facts About HIV and Thrush

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a type of yeast, which can affect the mouth (thrush), vagina (yeast infection) and other organ systems.



HIV and Lymphadenopathy (Swollen Lymph Node)

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Lymphadenopathy, a condition defined the swelling of lymph nodes on one or multiple sites of the body, is considered an important indicator of HIV.



A Practical Guide to Tuberculosis and the TB Test

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The risk of tuberculosis (TB) remains extremely high in people with HIV, requiring routine screening and informed treatment in high-risk populations.



What Should I Do If a Condom Breaks?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Accidents will happen. But should a condom burst during sex, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk of HIV infection



HIV and Testosterone Deficiency

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Testosterone deficiency occurs in both men and women with HIV and long been recognized as a complication of HIV since the earliest days of the pandemic.



A 12-Step Guide to Proper Condom Use

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Condoms are effective in preventing STDs and HIV when they are used correctly. Learn how to put on a condom correctly (and easily) each and every time.



High Cholesterol and Triglycerides in HIV

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

High cholesterol and trigylcerides are commonly seen in people with HIV, caused both by antiretroviral medications used the the disease and HIV itself.



The Complete List of Approved HIV Drugs

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Today, there are 27 individual antiretroviral agents and 10 fixed dosed combination (FDC) drugs comprised of two or more of different HIV drugs.



How Symptom Checking Can Place You at HIV Risk

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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Trichomoniasis Signs and Symptoms

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

This feature talks about the signs and symptoms of trichomoniasis. Understanding the signs and symptoms of trichomoniasis allows for earlier diagnosis and treatment.



Recognizing the Signs of a New HIV Infection

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

While acute HIV syndrome is not always to diagnose given the non-specific nature of the symptoms, there are clues that may suggest a recent infection.



How an Itchy Urethra May Indicate an Infection

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Read about what causes an itchy urethra or discharge from the urethra, and how this condition – known as urethritis – is diagnosed and treated.



Gonorrhea Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

One of the world's most common sexually transmitted diseases is gonorrhea. While often there are no gonorrhea symptoms, being able to identify any gonorrhea signs and symptoms that do occur is very important for treatment and prevention.



What Is the Risk of HIV from Oral Sex?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

There is a commonly held belief that oral sex carries little or no risk of transmitting HIV. But the truth is, in some cases, risks can increase.



Understanding the Tuberculosis Skin Test

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The TB skin tests consists of an injection of a TB derivative. The reaction to a shot, specifically its size, can determine if a person has been infected.



What Does a CD4 Count and Viral Load Mean?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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.



Top 20 HIV Charities of 2015

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

More than ever, HIV charities need your support. Our annual list offers 20 such organizations, both large and small, that truly deserve your attention.



Do You Have AIDS Phobia?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

An AIDS phobia is the irrational fear of being infected, despite evidence to the contrary, or the unreasonable fear that you may get infected with HIV.



How Often Do False Positive HIV Tests Occur?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

While the rate of false positive and false negatives is very low, they can occur, either a result of human error or limitations of the tests themselves.



What is a CD4 Count and Why is it Important?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The CD4 count literally counts the number of CD4 T-cells in a blood sample and tracks whether a person's immune strength is going up or going down.



Should People with HIV Get the Shingles Vaccine?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

While the FDA has made no formal recommendations regarding the use of Zostavax in people with HIV, there is growing evidence in support of its use.



Average Wholesale Price of HIV Drugs

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

How much does HIV medication cost? The Average Wholesale Price (AWP) is the average price that wholesalers are actually paying for a particular HIV drug.



What Is HAART for HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

HAART is the acronym for highly active antiretroviral therapy, a term use to describe the effectiveness of combination drug therapies to fight HIV.



What Are My HIV Testing Options?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The CDC recommends a new strategy for HIV testing using 4th generation combination assays able to detect both HIV antibodies and antigens.



HIV Microscopy in Pictures

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Image of an HIV-infected H9 T cell, colorized in crimson and yellow set against a dark blue background.



Learn About the Causes of Rectal Pain

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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?



What Are Antiretrovirals (and How Do They Work)?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The benefits of modern antiretroviral therapy include a greater ease of use, a lower risk of HIV resistance, and fewer drug-related side effects.



Your Guide to Understanding Hepatitis

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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.



Daklinza (daclatasvir) - Hepatitis C Drug...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Daklinza (daclatasvir) has been approved to treat people with chronic genotype 3 hepatitis C infection, including those with liver cirrhosis.



Can I Get HIV from Kissing?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Kissing is considered among the most ineffective means of transmitting HIV, with risk considered anywhere from negligible to non-existent.



Top 5 Reasons to Get an HIV Test Today

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

While there can be challenges to getting tested for HIV, advances in treatment and prevention have ensured the benefits far outweigh the consequences.



A Brief HIstory of the Condom

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Condoms, where did they come from? The history of condoms is interesting. This condom history will show you where your condoms have come from.



What is an Absolute CD4 Count and CD4 Percentage?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

CD4 percentage and absolute CD4 counts are used by doctors to determine both the status of your immune system and the likely course of our disease.



What Activities Are of High Risk for HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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Understanding the HIV Life Cycle

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Understanding the life cycle of HIV has made it possible to develop the medications we use to treat the disease, by blocking stages of that cycle.



How You Can Get HIV Without Ejaculation During...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn whether HIV transmission may occur even if a person with HIV does not ejaculate during sexual intercourse.



When Long Should I Wait to Get an HIV Test?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

If a person has been exposed to HIV, there is a period by which an HIV test cannot deliver an accurate response known as the window period.



Top 18 HIV Drug Adherence Tips

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn the tips to maintaining or improving optimal adherence to your HIV medications.



Syphilis Signs and Symptoms

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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 Real Reasons Why People Don't Use Condoms

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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?



What Is the Risk of HIV from Vaginal Sex?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Presumptions about the risk of HIV from vaginal sex can often lead people to grossly overestimate or underestimate their personal risk of infection.



Why Can't I Get My CD4 Count Up?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The factors for immune recovery in people on HIV therapy is highly variable, often confounding those able to sustain undetectable viral loads.



HIV and Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common STDs, the infection of which is associated with cervical and anal cancers in people with HIV.



Sexually Transmitted Diseases Guide

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Sexually transmitted diseases are among the most common causes of illness in the world. Syphilis is at epidemic proportions in many areas; transmitted from person to person sexually. Are HIV and Syphilis related or connected? Find out with this feature filled with facts about sexually transmitted diseases and the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases.



How Long Before HIV Becomes AIDS?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

In all but a few rare cases, HIV will progress to AIDS if left untreated. How long it takes depends on factors you can control and others you can't.



Could Your Personal Lubricant Increase HIV Risk?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

There are of number of studies questioning whether personal lubricants can damage the cells lining the vagina and rectum, increasing the risk of HIV.



How HIV White Blood Cell Counts and Others are...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn how white blood cell counts are measured in HIV, which is an important indicator of a person's ability to fight infection.



Your Guide to Understanding Chlamydia

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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.



Antifungals Used to Treat HIV-Related Infections

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

There are a number of agents used to treat HIV-related fungal infections such as candidiasis (thrush) and cryptococcal meningitis.



Hepatitis B Fact Sheet

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Hepatitis B Fact Sheet complete with hepatitis b signs and symptoms



Treating Hepatitis C in People with HIV

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting the liver and one of the leading causes of hospitalization and death among people living with HIV.



Your Essential Guide to HIV Testing

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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.



How to Interpret a Negative HIV Test

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Read how to interpret a negative HIV test and whether this truly means a person is not infected with HIV.



What is HIV cART (Combination Antiretroviral...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

cART is the acronym for combination antiretroviral therapy, which employs the use of three or more drugs to suppress HIV replication.



How Important Is Your CD4/CD8 Ratio?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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Conditions That HIV Can Cause in Your Mouth

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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.



Which HIV Tests Are the Most Accurate?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

A 2013 study from the University of California revealed that the accuracy of HIV tests during acute infection ranged from as high as 87.3% to as low as 5.2%.



4 Questions People Ask About HIV Lymphadenopathy

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The incidence of lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph glands) is especially high in people with HIV and can occur at any stage of infection.



What Can People with HIV Do about Sinus...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

While 30% of all people suffer from sinusitis at least once each year, people living with HIV seem to have more frequent and severe bouts.



The 10 Best Films About HIV/AIDS

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The best films about HIV/AIDS serve as an historic record, bringing to life the struggles and emotions that remain as relevant today as they did then.



What Can I Do If I've Been Accidentally Exposed...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

In the event of accidental exposure to HIV, there are drugs that can potentially reduce the risk of infection called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).



HIV Wasting Syndrome - AIDS-Defining Condition

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

HIV wasting syndrome is defined as progressive, involuntary weight loss which is not attributable to any condition other than HIV infection itself.



3 Surprising Ways That STDs Increase HIV Risk

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

While many people understand that STDs can increase the risk of getting HIV, some may be surprised at how the body unwittingly facilitates infection.



Why the "New" Tenofovir Is So Important

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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Folliculitis - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

A common skin infection called folliculitis can manifest, often profoundly, in HIV-infected people with severely compromised immune systems.



The Truth About Suboxone for Opiate Addiction

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Suboxone (buprenorphine + naloxone) can be an effective way to treat opiate addiction if prescribed and monitored by a qualified medical specialist. Page 2.



HIV and Sleep Disturbances

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Sleep problems are commonly noted in people with HIV, caused by emotional or psychological distress, by certain HIV drugs, or sometimes by HIV itself.



HIV Risk Among Hemophiliacs

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

HIV transmission among hemophiliacs was long considered among the highest levels of risk. How much have things changed with newer screening techniques?



How HIV and AIDS are Not the Same Thing

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn about the differences between HIV and AIDS and how these terms are often erroneously interchanged in the media.



The Risks of Oral Sex In Teenagers

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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Who Should Get an HIV Test (and When)?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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.



Kidney Disease

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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.



How Do I Disclose My HIV Status to Someone I'm...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Dating and disclosure can cause stress in those living with HIV, exposing them to vulnerabilities that go far beyond than the fear of rejection.



The Year in HIV/AIDS: Top 5 Resolutions to Make...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

The promise of a longer, healthier life for people living with HIV can be reasonably achieved by making a few, key resolutions in 2016.



Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About HIV

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Educating yourself about HIV is the most important way to stay healthy and well whether you are HIV-positive or not. Here are 10 tips that can help.



What Is the Current Window Period for HIV?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

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Cryptococcosis - Cryptococcal Meningitis -...

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Extrapulmonary cryptococcosis (which includes cryptococcal meningitis) is classified by the CDC as an AIDS-defining condition.



Do I Need an HIV Specialist?

2016-04-28T11:12:59Z

Learn about what it means to be an HIV specialist, and the benefits of being cared for by one if you are infected with HIV.