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On treatment and dealing with boils
Mar 30, 2004

I have been HIV since 99 & was diagnosed with AIDS in 2000. I seem to have boils moving around my face & neck. I am currently taking epivir, norvir & sustiva. My face is completly dried out and I have these boils moving all over or at least it seems. My last count was 170 t-cells & undectable viral. I was down to 111 t-cells last sept. I am trying to relocate where I can get better health care soon. Pls rsvp soon... Dave

Response from Dr. Henry

Have you been checked for methicillin resistant staph infection (that is being seen more often in HIV+s and can be tough to clear). Your regimen seems a little unusual. Sometimes I have had patients who believed that Epivir dried out their skin. I would suggest seeing a dermatologist and discussing with your HIV doc what switch options are reasonable with your past treatment history/resistance status. KH

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