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What can I do about weight gain from ARVs?

We suggest you ask your doctor about your weight gain.

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How can I increase my CD4 count without ARVs?

The only way to increase your CD4 is to use ARVs

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Is my girlfriend at risk of contracting HIV if my viral load has been undetectable for a year and then bounced to 125?

Your partner is safe as long as your viral load is less than 200.

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Can I restart my ARVs at a different clinic?

It should be possible for you to restart your ARVs from the second clinic.

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How can I help my pregnant wife to stop drinking alcohol?

Your wife may need to join an organisation that helps alcoholics and educates people about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy.

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Why are my new ARVs a different colour?

If you are not sure about your meds, contact your clinic, doctor or pharmacy ASAP.

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I’m undetectable. Is it safe to have unprotected sex with someone who is HIV-positive but not taking ARVs?

As you are undetectable there is no risk of HIV reinfection from a partner who is HIV-positive but not on ARVs.

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What should I do if my child is taking drugs and getting mixed up with drug dealers?

There are different steps you can take depending on the drug(s) she uses.

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What should I do if my partner hid their HIV status from me?

Get an HIV test as soon as you can. You may want to get counselling as well, regardless of the result.

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If you were not compensated for a workplace injury a few years ago, can you claim money if it is still affecting you?

The Compensation Commissioner will not pay for claims that are made more than 12 months after the accident.

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