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stomach prolems
Nov 9, 2007

I have an HIV- partner. We get along very well. the only problem I think is that I have been taking my hiv treatment (kaletra+truvada)AND IT SEEMS IT has been harmful to my digestive system. Everytime we have anal sexual intercourse there is an accident becuse there is no way i can be clean down there. What can i do? should I ASK MY DOCTOR FOR ANOTHER TREATMENT? iS THERE ANYTHING 8ANY PILL) i CAN TAKE TO AVOID THIS?

Response from Dr. Henry

Both Kaletra and tenofovir (part of Truvada) can cause GI problems/diarrhea. There are a variety of symptomatic treatment options (calcium supplements, fiber supplements, drugs like lomotil or immodium and others). There are also an increasing variety of alternative regimens that often have less GI side effects that can be discussed with your HIV specialist. KH



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