- Garlic Reduces Saquinavir Blood Levels 50%; May Affect Other Drugs
Ordinary doses of a garlic supplement cut blood levels of the protease inhibitor saquinavir in half, for reasons that are largely unknown. Other protease inhibitors and other antiretrovirals have not been tested. Patients and physicians should be cautious about using garlic while on any antiretroviral treatment, at least until more is known.
- NIH Seven-Day On-Off Trial May Reduce Drug Side Effects, Cost; Why It's Not Ready for Use
A seven-day on/off treatment regimen has kept HIV suppressed for up to a year so far in carefully selected patients. But the findings do not apply at all to most patients, and for them the regimen is likely to be harmful. Researchers and doctors agree that this approach is not ready for use outside of carefully controlled studies.
- AIDS and Hepatitis News from ICAAC Conference: Phone Overview, Web Reports
The most important news on both AIDS and hepatitis treatment, from the ICAAC conference (December 16-19 in Chicago), is available through a one-hour telephone playback of a discussion by experts. Also, we show where to find in-depth reports on the Web.
- HIV Testing 101 (Part 2 of 2)
This article looks at the reliability of HIV testing, and answers arguments of AIDS denialists who say that HIV has not been proven to exist, or does not cause AIDS, and that HIV tests are unreliable. It also looks at detecting acute HIV infection, the "detuned" antibody test for detecting recent infection, and some of the issues around consent, confidentiality, and anonymous HIV testing.
- AIDS Treatment News New Publication Schedule
Starting in January we will publish 18 issues per year, instead of twice monthly.
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