HIV/AIDS Glossary

CD-4 (or T-4): A blood test which measures the strength of the immune system

viral load: A blood test which measures the level of activity of the human immunodeficiency virus in the blood

“the cocktail”: the nickname for any number of combinations of highly powerful drugs which have been developed, since the mid-1990s, to treat HIV/AIDS

lipodystrophy: re-distribution of body fat seen in people on HAART, most commonly in the belly and back of the neck

lipoatrophy: loss of fat, sometimes to a debilitating extent, in the face, limbs and butt

HAART: Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy aka “the cocktail”

MSM: Men who have sex with men; a group of men epidemiologists and AIDS service organizations have identified who, while not identifying as gay, do have sex with men and sometimes fail to receive adequate HIV/AIDS prevention information and support

My medications (per day):

Norvir 100 mg
Viramune 200 mg
Truvada 200/300 mg
Prezista 600 mg
Humulin 55/40 mL x 2
Metformin 1000 mg
Crestor 20 mg
Lipidil 145 mg
Fluoxetine 40 mg
Mirtazapine 15 mg or mL
Lithium Carbonate 1200 mg

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