12 most popular topics – FAQs for each
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Each link below is to a page for the most popular subjects. Each page has the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on this subject.
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Although i-Base is about HIV treatment we get many questions on testing and transmission risk. Nearly every question on testing for HIV is answered in this detailed FAQ page.
i-Base have answered many questions about HIV and COVID-19. This page includes more than 65 questions, especially on the safety of vaccines.
Questions about starting HIV treatment (ART). When to start? Treatment guidelines. CD4 counts. Why “immune boosters” do not work. Generic drugs. Side effects.
Questions about how to become pregnant (especially if only one partner is positive). When to use ART. The safety of meds during pregnancy, Choice of delivery. Feeding your baby.
High safety of modern HIV drugs. Short-term and long-term side effects? Mood changes and sleep problems with efavirenz. Low risk of diarrhoea, rash, other side effects. Worrying about side effects.
U=U: why HIV treatment prevents the negative partner. Unexpected results: when one partner is positive and the other is negative. How to have a baby? Questions about PrEP. Reducing risks to the negative partner.
Mood changes and sleep disturbance on efavirenz (including nightmares). What is normal and how long will this last? How to change treatment? What alternative HIV meds can be used? Efavirenz during pregnancy.
Is weight gain normal? Do modern drugs cause fat loss? Changing treatment. The role of diet and exercise.
What is viral load? How to interpret test results? What does undetectable mean? How quickly should viral load drop on ART?
How to increase your CD4 count? Why don’t “immune boosters” work? How to interpret your CD4 count and CD4 percentage (CD4%)? What are risks with low CD4 counts? How quickly should CD4 counts increase on ART?
Using ART during pregnancy. Having a baby. Why sometime one partner is still negative? How to increase your CD4 count? Why “immune boosters” are a scam. Q’s about side effects.
Life expectancy for adults and children at different CD4 counts. Living with HIV long-term. Interpreting research on life expectancy. Long-term effectiveness of ART. Role of other infections.
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Last updated: 4 May 2021.