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What are the drugs for HIV-2 patients?
Nov 13, 2002

Dear Doctor,

What are the most common opportunistic infections on HIV-2 patient? What is the typical CD4/CD8 lab results? My CD4 was 1030, but CD8 was only 234.

Response from Dr. Henry

There is less data about complications and treatment of persons infected only with HIV-2. The disease course may be slower than is typical for HIV-1. The non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (i.e. nevirapine or efavirenz) may not be as effective. Regions of the world with more HIV-2 (Africa) have high rates of TB infection which is probably the biggest concern (if exposed but not treated consider a prophylactic course of INH). Your high CD4 count is a good sign and indicates probably good function of your immune system. KH



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