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    HIV and MS
    yardguy posted:
    I need some help on where I can research any information on people having both of these 2 diseases. With having MS, should I not watch my white blood cell count? With having HIV, should I try to increase my immune system (white blood cell count). Well, if I take my HIV meds the way I should then I will increase my white blood cell count. Shouldn't I not be concerned increasing my white blood cell count as that would increase my chances in having another MS attack. I am also interested in researching if my meds for MS is fighting against my meds for HIV and visa versa. I am receiving medical assistance from Salem VA Hospital and Clinic in Salem, Virginia. My infecious disease Doctor has not heard of one having both diseaes and I am the only patient w/ both that my Neurologist is seeing. I had the opportunity to visit the medical library @ the VA Clinic and with the assistance of the librarian, we discovered that there is no information on studies with people having both MS and HIV. Until I can find material on ones having both and/or case studies dealing w/ people having both, I will continue to take all my MS, Neuropathy and HIV medications but make sure to keep my T cell count low (suppressing my white blood cell count). At present I am taking my HIV meds every other month. Increasing ones T cell count when they have MS, will have to stay a mystery. I believe in the saying "don't try to fix what is not broken". I have posted this same dicussion on the MS board. Thanks, Eddie
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Dear Eddie (yardguy), I'm glad you also posted over on the MS board, too. Your questions are good ones, but I'm not even close to being a doctor, much less an immunologist or other specialist, so I don't have any answers for you. Have you considered contacting or asking your doctor to contact an HIV/AIDS specialist in San Francisco? They've done a lot of work and have a lot of experience with complex cases, so perhaps they might be able to help? It's great that you're working so closely with your doctors and have a positive attitude. I wish you the best. Byroney
    yardguy responded:
    Byroney, Thanks soooo much for your message! I will probably have to research San Fran. on my own. Get this, both my neurologist and my Infectious Disease Doctor would like for me to report to them when I find anything on this. I have talked to some of the Nurse Practitioners, there at the VA Clinic/Hospital, about their answers. They said -that they are so over loaded w/ patients, that they do not have any time- at all for things like what I am trying to research. I mean, if you could have seen my expression when the neurologist nurse practioner gave me the Doctor's fax # and what the Doctor had said. Priceless! My ID Doctor hates that I am taking my HIV med every other month to keep my T count low (mid 200's) but she can not give me an answer. She just says that I am wrong. Well explain to me why and give me some facts. Again, thanks so much, Eddie
    Zhanelle replied to yardguy's response:
    Two breakthrough reports performed in the African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Botswana show that daily AIDS drugs can cut the risk of spreading HIV disease within heterosexual partners by over half. According to the Washington Post, the results from the studies provide the best proof thus far that millions of lives can be saved through the normal use of currently available AIDS medication. I read this here: AIDS drug study shows a 73 percent reduction in HIV transmission
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to Zhanelle's response:
    Zhanelle, thanks for posting. It's exciting to see the new research come out on HIV/AIDS. It doesn't bring back all of those who've been lost, but it does give hope for the future.

    For anyone who's interested in Reading More , "Drugs that suppress HIV in infected people may also help protect healthy people who take them from getting the virus through sexual contact, two new studies show.

    "The studies found that the antiretroviral medications, which can be given as once-daily pills, cut the infection risk by as much as 73% compared to a placebo."

    How do you feel about the latest AIDS/HIV research?


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