|Questions about effectiveness and side effects
Dec 26, 2004
I just found out I am hiv+ and have about 3 more weeks before I get the results of my blood work.
If I am to go on any treatment, I would like to make a well informed decision as to which meds I would take. This of course, for me, would heavily depend on research reports showing effectiveness of varying regiments, and particularly the types and severity of the side effects that a particular regiment may inflict. In other words, I would like to see well established reports of, for example, what percentage of people experience rash, or increased cholesterol, diarrhea, etc, from a particular drug. Not just some blanket statement that I have been reading that this medication causes side effect X in some people. That just doesn't cut the mustard for me.
So if you can link me up with some great information regarding this issue, it would be greatly appreciated.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
The current bible on HIV treatment is on the NIH website at: http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/. Go to the treatment guidelines section. That will give you almost all the information about recommended regimens, side effects, etc., you need. This is a living document, which changes based on new clinical trials or expert opinion.
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