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HIV Drugs Are Not Working After 20 Years

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How HIV Drugs Get Approved

Why Does It Take So Long to Approve New Drugs? Developing a new drug can take 10 years or more. First, drug companies must find substances that are active against HIV. Most HIV drugs are identified by testing existing drugs for anti-HIV activity ( screening ). A newer method is rational drug design . In this process, scientists "build" drug molecules to fight HIV in specific ways. When a promising drug is identified, it goes through ...
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returning to work/can't get insuredI have been living with HIV for 10 years. Over the past four years I have seen my general health improve to the point where I want to return to work. Further, my good health and progressively better lab results have put

I have been living with HIV for 10 years. Over the past four years I have seen my health improve to the point where I want to return to work.I have an excellent job offer in Atlanta Georgia that offers a good salary, a way back into the workforce,...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Does your income put you above the Georgia ceiling for ADAP? If so, I regret that I don't have new ideas for you, except the suggestion that you contact the best benefits manager I know to ask about options. He is Jacques Chambers, and you can... Read more »

Drugs not Working, Should still take?

I have had HIV for at least 15 years and on some sort of medication for at about 12 years. Starting with just AZT and then adding additional meds as they became available. After my recent blood work my doc has decided best to take me off HIV meds...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
I will provide a general answer, but the more important answer is the one you and your doctor arrive at with all of your clinical history, drug record, and other key information that I lack.There is some evidence that people in your situation, i.e.... Read more »

Returning to work, worried about drug costs

I have been HIV+ for 14 years and on SSDI for the last 8. I started doing better around the turn of the century, went back to school, got a degree, and am looking for work.I had a good interview with a prospective employer, and I have reason to...
Lynn L. Franzoi

Response from Lynn L. Franzoi

Worldwide Benefits for Fox, Inc.
In a smaller company, the impact of high costs by one claimant can drive that company's health care premium higher. However, I do not consider a 500 life company to be that small. Certainly, in a larger corporation, this would not be an issue.... Read more »

will the new drugs work as well in older people as younger?

Im 58 and Ive had HIV longer than anyone I know, at least 23 years. Ive developed resistance to everything Ive taken so far. My doctor wants to me to try some of the new drugs just approved in the last year, selsentry or isentris or something. Is...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
There are several new drugs for people with resistant virus, including Selzentry (a CCR5 blocker), Isentress (integrase inhibitor) and intelence (a new NNRTI). These drugs may well work for you and will work best if all combined together, typically... Read more »
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THE DRUGS WORK!

Posted by exitrow, 4 Replies
I recently started taking Sustiva and Truvada after my numbers dropped significantly in October. I was very hesistant and wasn't prepared to enter the next stage, a major step, in this disease. I was fortunate not to encounter many of the horrific... Read more »

THE DRUGS WORK!

Posted by exitrow, 5 Replies
I recently started taking Sustiva and Truvada after my numbers dropped significantly in October. I was very hesistant and wasn't prepared to enter the next stage, a major step, in this disease. I was fortunate not to encounter many of the horrific... Read more »

Can you work full time with hiv/aids forever?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello, I am an hiv positive 36 year bisexual male with two divorces. I have four children from the marriage that I have very large child support payments. These ex-wives of mine do not know I have hiv. Will I be able to work full time when on... Read more »

i am 40 years old and have had hiv for 12 years...

Posted by Anonymous
My name is Megan Noel. I am 40 years old, and have had HIV for 12
years. I had a Dr. by the name of Kenneth J. Blair for the 1st 7
years of my care. My husband, who is negative, has been fighting
with the community to get care for me ever since. Dr.... Read more »