Genital Warts »

… reasons only and they do not clear your body of the genital wart virus. Eventually your own immune system will clear the virus.

Should I tell my partner?

If you have genital warts, you should talk to your partner about it. Your partner should make an appointment to see a doctor and have a check up. However there is no actual test for genital wart virus so it’s just a case of being examined. We know you may find it hard to tell your partner you have genital warts, but please …

CD4 Counts »

… of the body’s defence mechanism.

The CD4 count is a measure of the health of your body’s immune system. Usually, an adult’s CD4 count is anywhere between 500 and 1200 cells per cubic millimetre of blood, with women having naturally slightly higher counts than men.

When you are infected with HIV, it takes over some of your CD4 cells and uses them to produce more HIV. This reduces the total number of CD4 cells available to fight other infections.

Monitoring CD4 Counts …

Stopping Therapy »

Combination therapy reduces viral load levels in your body, giving your immune system some protection from HIV and an opportunity to recover from the damage caused by HIV.

When people have stopped taking combination therapy, most have found that their viral load increases, eventually returning to the level it was before they started.  More worryingly, the immune system starts to deteriorate as well!

If you decide to stop, despite the risks, you should …

Women’s Issues »

… occur more frequently and are more serious and more difficult to treat in women with damaged immune systems.

Cervical pre-cancers are changes to cells in the cervix, which, if left untreated, would become cancerous. Cervical cancer is a preventable condition and when diagnosed early can be cured. In HIV positive women, pre-cancers are much more common than in HIV negative women but do not necessarily develop into cervical cancer. It is possible to detect cellular abnormalities …