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Antiretroviral Therapy
Positives and Negatives

Autumn 1995

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

Positives

  • You may experience a T-cell boost for a period of time, usually 18 weeks to 16 months, depending on the individual PWHIV/PWA.
  • AZT crosses the blood/brain barrier and small doses may provide some central nervous system protection.
  • It appears that combining two anti-retrovirals might work better than one.
  • Provides a Do-cebo to a "Do Something" person with HIV/AIDS.
  • Possible protection against vertical transmission in pregnancy.

Negatives

  • Doesn't provide proven survival benefit.
  • Peripheral neuropathy problems, especially with ddC and ddI.
  • Dosages and combinations not well known, especially for women.
  • Interactions with other drugs not well documented. Side effects may result with liver enzymes, pancreatitis, and peripheral neuropathy.
  • Unknown long term side effects to children exposed during pregnancy.

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.
 
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