syphilis and hiv
Apr 1, 2005
My dear Dr,
What impact should co infection of syphilis normally have on the cd4 and viral load of an HIV positive individual ?
Will this numbers increase or decrease ?
Which drugs are currently available for effective treatment of syphilis in hiv + ?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
A recently completed study indicated that acute syphilus results in the CD4 count decreasing by an average of 60 cells and the viral load increasing by 0.22 log10/mL or about 2 fold (2 times). Benzathine penicillin is the drug of choice.
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