July #114 : Staying Healthy on Holiday

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Table of Contents

Southern Discomfort

Hot Type!

The Rath of Con

Earthwatch

On the March!

Milestones

AIDS Walk of Life

OOPS, They Did It Again

Read It and Weep

Legal Eye

Everyone's a Critic

POZ Picks

Brad Pity

Aren't You Due for a Vacation?

Before Packing

Planning by Numbers

Cleared for Takeoff

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Itinerary

Welcome Home

The Scoop on Ice Cream

You Gotta Move It

Zip 'Em Up

2 Is The Loneliest Number

C Note

New Kaletra, Nice to Meet Ya

Zerit Dosing

Take it From the Experts

Forbidden Fruit

Altared State

Shopping With Alice

Inside Job

Publisher's Letter



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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July 2005

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Monitoring blood work is essential. Most docs advise checking CD4s and viral load every three months—or monthly for nadirs below 350—until you stabilize. (If your benefits don’t cover extra tests, argue that early detection is cost-effective.)

Tell Doc about any infections or illnesses and avoid vaccines, which can kick HIV into overdrive, ending your STI. Cohen advises spending your first two STI months “with access to care—not heading off on a cruise ship.” And don’t forget what Kaiser calls “common sense: rest, healthy diet, not abusing recreational drugs.” 



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