Jan 10, 2002
i am an occupational needle stick from a known hiv patient. me meds consisted of indavir, azt, and 3tc. it has been 11 months since i stopped the prophy, yet i an still anemic and my lipids are elevated. the infectious disease doctor, thinks the azt caused my lipids to elevate. what is your opion, since i am 11 months post prophy? thankyou for your time. msg
Response from Dr. Henry
AZT use has been associated with anemia but usually reverses once stopped. Crixivan can increase the lipid levels quickly but that usually reverses once stopped. If I understand your question you took those meds for a month after an needlestick exposure. It would be highly unusual for lab abnormalities to persist 11 months out. It is possible that the Crixivan might have uncovered some genetic predisposition to high lipids but that seems like a long shot. I doubt the abnormalities you know have are related to your brief time on HIV meds. KH
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