Archive for March 27th, 2009

 

HIV TREATMENT: THE T-HELPER-CELL COUNT AND VIRAL LOAD

March 27th, 2009

The viral load test may be a better indicator of disease progression than the T-helper-cell count, and it may indicate disease progression more quickly. This test can also be used to determine whether or not medication changes have been effective. For instance, with the initiation of a new medication, one would hope to see a [...]

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STD: HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BECOMING INFECTED WITH HEPATITIS B

March 27th, 2009

A safe and effective protective vaccine against hepatitis B has been available for over fifteen years. This vaccine is manufactured from proteins from the surface of the hepatitis B virus. (An older vaccine that is seldom used today is pooled from donated blood. It is treated to prevent transmission of known bloodborne infections, including HIV, [...]

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STD: TESTING FOR CHANCROID

March 27th, 2009

The specific tests for chancroid involve taking material directly from ulcers and culturing it using a special medium for the bacteria. Blood tests designed to detect the body’s immune response (antibodies) to the infection may also help with the diagnosis. The cultures are not always positive when a person has the disease, so a negative [...]

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STD EXAMINATION: WHAT YOUR PROVIDER MUST DO AFTER PHYSICAL AND BLOOD TESTS

March 27th, 2009

After the physical examination has been completed and blood has been taken for testing, your health care provider will explain what he or she has seen on examination and what diagnoses have been made, and then will discuss treatment, if any is needed. (You may need to wait until the results of the tests are [...]

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SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION SYMPTOMS: DISCHARGE FROM THE VAGINA

March 27th, 2009

Most women have a clear, odorless discharge from the vagina that is perfectly normal. The amount of discharge varies from woman to woman, and it varies for most women over the course of the monthly cycle. The discharge is the normal fluid or lubrication produced by the vagina and the cervix. It can be especially [...]

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