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HIV-2, what should i do???
Feb 28, 2012

hi doc david, i am positive for HIV-2. what should i do? i heard there is no medicine for HIV-2, unlike HIV-1. how long HIV-2 would take to progress to AIDS doctor? does it kill people? can u please give me advice? regards.

Response from Dr. Wohl

HIV-2 is a virus closely related to HIV-1 (what most of us think of when we think about HIV). It usually has a much slower pace of disease. Like HIV-1, treatment is indicated before the virus harms the immune system.

Some HIV medications do work against HIV-2. There are data and experience to support using drugs like AZT, FTC/3TC, or tenofovir along with protease inhibitors like Kaletra or Prezista with Norvir. You should seek a doctor with some experience treating HIV-2 or who can access those who with such experience. DW



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