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Part 1 Now That You Know I Questions 1-6 provide information for people who've just been diagnosed with HIV infec- tion, including: * What's my prognosis? * Can I live a normal life? What about sex and relationships? * Who should I tell? Should I keep working? Part 2 The Basics 11 Questions 7-14 tell you what you need to know about HIV, your immune system, and the disease in order to understand your condition, your health care provider, your treatment op- tions, and how to live with HIV infection. Questions include: * How does HIV cause illness? * What's the difference between HIV and AIDS? * How is HIV spread? * Why isn't there a cure? Part 3 Diagnosis ofHIVInfection 23 Questions 15-17 are written for people who haven't been diagnosed. Questions include: * How is HIV diagnosed? * How do I know if I've been recently infected? * What if all of my tests are negative but I'm sure I'm infected? Part 4 Medical Care 29 Questions 18-21 provide information on finding and paying for medical care, including: * How do I find the right medical care? * How do I deal with my health care provider? * How will I pay for treatment? Part 5 Getting Started 37 Questions 22-26 discuss the laboratory tests and vaccinations you need, including: "* What does my CD4 count mean? "* What's a viral load? "* What is a resistance test, and when should I get one? "* Do I need vaccinations? Part 6 Starting Treatment 45 Questions 27-34 discuss things you need to know before starting treatment, such as: * How does antiretroviral therapy work? * Do I need treatment now? * How do my provider and I choose my first regimen? * What if I have side effects? Part 7 Staying on Therapy 61 Question 35-42 discuss issues important to people who are on therapy. Questions include: "* How long will therapy last? "* Can therapy ever be stopped? * What if my virus becomes resistant to the medications? * What if I decide not to take medications? * What is immune-based therapy? Part 8 Side Effects and Toxicity 71 Questions 43-52 discuss side effects and toxicities of antiretroviral drugs, including: * What are the side effects of protease inhibitors? * What can I do about changes in my body shape? * How can I protect my liver? * What are the risks for my brain and nerves? Part 9 Opportunistic Infections and Other Complications 87 Questions 53-62 provide information on the complications of HIV infection, including: "* What are opportunistic infections? "* When should I use medications to prevent infections? "* Can HIV cause cancer? Part 10 Symptoms 103 Questions 63-72 discuss common symptoms caused by HIV and its treatment and how to deal with them. Questions include: "* What can I do about nausea and diarrhea? "* What ifI get a cold or the flu? "* Why am I so tired? "* Can HIV affect my skin? Part 11 Women's Issues, Pregnancy, and Children 117 Questions 73-77 discuss HIV infection in women and children and HIV treatment in pregnant women, including: "* How is HIV infection different for women? "* What if I want to get pregnant? "* What if my child is infected? Part 12 Coinfection 127 Questions 78-80 discuss other infections that often accompany HIV infection, such as: "* What if I also have hepatitis C? "* How do I prevent cervical and anal cancer? Part 13 Mental Health and Substance Abuse 133 Questions 81-83 discuss depression, substance abuse, and other mental health problems, including: "* How do I know if I'm depressed? "* What are the risks of drug use if I'm positive? Part 14 Relationships, Sexuality, and Prevention 139 Questions 84-88 discuss relationships, safer sex, and sexually transmitted diseases, includ- ing: "* How and when do I disclose my status to partners? "* What if both my partner and I are positive? "* What should I know about sexually transmitted diseases? Part 15 Living with HIVInfection 147 Questions 89-96 discuss important lifestyle considerations for HIV-positive people, in- cluding: "* What should I eat or avoid eating? "* Can I still drink alcohol? "* Can I keep mypets? Part 16 Questions For Those Who Still Have Questions 159 Questions 97-100 discuss some of the controversial questions that still come up with re- spect to HIV infection, including: "* What about the theory that HIV doesn't cause AIDS? "* How do we know that HIV wasn't created in a lab? "* What's the state of the global epidemic? Appendix: Additional Resources 165