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How Bad is my HIV status

Mar 17, 2011

I have been diognised with HIV last year March im taking efavirenz 200mg,atripla,co-trimoxazole 480mg ,pyridoxone10mg,rifinah150/300mg.Though was very ill the time was diognised because was having abdominal pains they admitted in hospital and find out i was having HIV im really better now because was even loosing wait but now im starting to gain wait a little bit.My other question what should i take to regain my wait as I used to be because people around me are wondering what is wrong with me dont want to be exposed.Please help doctor

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thank you for your post.

Your medications indicate that you're receiving treatment for HIV and tuberculosis (though usually we start people on more than 2 drugs for TB- Rifinah is rifampin and isoniazid). The extra efavirenz is there to counter the drug-drug interaction with rifampin and makes sense to add the extra 200 mg to the Atripla.

As for weight gain, sounds like you're already on the right path; continue taking the HIV medications and so long as your appetite and caloric intake are adequate, you'll gain back your weight.

Some patients have issues with low testosterone or depression; both can influence appetite and weight gain.

I'd suggest a discussion about your symptoms with your health care provider.

Hope this helps and wish you well, BY

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