February/March #121 : Why...-Feb/March 2006 - by Barbara Zeller, MD

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A Positive Attraction

10 Black AIDS Warriors to Watch




Love Yourself

Why...-Feb/March 2006

Into The Genes

$ for Drugs

Breaking The Ice

Don't Let HIV Bug Your Bed

Inch By Inch

Trainer’s Bench - Feb/March 2006

Face Forward

Ask the Sexperts-Feb/March 2006

Food Play




Porn Again

The Final Score

Team HIV

Cruising

Buzz-Feb/March 2006

Our Man In Africa

Earthwatch-Feb/March 2006

Mentors-Feb/March 2006




Mailbox-Feb/March 2006

Founder's Letter-Feb/March 2006



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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February / March 2006


Why...-Feb/March 2006

by Barbara Zeller, MD

Does my doctor say HIV meds may help me avoid kidney disease?

HIV can hurt some people’s kidney-cell function. If left untreated, the virus can cause end-stage kidney disease, requiring dialysis. The condition, called HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN), occurs most commonly among African Americans. Your doctor checks for it by looking for extra protein in your urine sample and high levels of creatinine (another protein) in your blood test. As an HIV combo lowers your viral load, it reduces the HIV that can infect and destroy kidney cells. Taking HIV meds can halt or even reverse some kidney damage. 


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