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HIV Meds And Birth Control

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The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...vaginal discharge. HIV-positive women often have recurring yeast infections that are difficult to treat. You are more likely to experience yeast-related problems if you: Have low CD4 cell counts Take antibiotics, steroids, or birth control pills Douche, wear tight underwear, or use scented soaps Use over-the-counter drugs frequently to treat yeast infections or don't finish the full course of treatment Treatments include: ...
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HIV positive birth control options

I'm currently taking Combivir, Viracept and Viramune. I've been advised that birth control pills affect the effectiveness of HAART, and that HAART affects the effectiveness of birth control pills. Is this accurate? Are there no other options for...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
...It is true that all types of birth control medication including Norplant and Depo-Provera may not be as effective when taken with antiretroviral therapy so it is recommended Read more »

scared to start hiv meds

Hi Dr,l have recently tested positive to hiv and my viral load is 25,000 and cd4 count 355, my doctor said to get ready to start meds, l am 36 years old, l feel okay at the moment but not like before l had hiv,if l start meds will l feel better,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...some, worse; some, no change; and some just feel "different." There are two main reasons to begin treatment: (1) to decrease HIV replication to prevent further damage to your immune system and (2) to increase CD4 counts (immune... Read more »

when to start meds ???

Hi Dr Bob, l have been hiv positive for 7 months and found out 3 months ago, at the beginning of finding out, l was ok but recently developed depression, and taking meds for that.. l am scared of the virus and dont know what to do,my first blood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Sorry to hear about your recent HIV diagnosis. A period of adjustment, after receiving a positive HIV test, is normal and to be expected. Try not to be frightened. Read more »

What is the Goal of taking HIV Meds?

Hi Dr. I'd like to know when taking HIV meds what is the ultimate goal? Is it to raise CD4 count? Reduce viral load? And if that happens and someone gets to normal levels do they feel better? Does having a normal CD4 count and zero viral load mean...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...It is all about the CD4 cells. HIV therapy is like birth control for the virus, it prevents it from reproducing - making more of itself. Less virus means more CD4 cells. More CD4 cells mean Read more »
Project Inform

Understanding the Details of HIV Treatment

...breast milk banks may also be an option for some women. Contraceptives Many HIV meds, mostly PIs and NNRTIs, interact with oral birth control ( ethinyl estradiol , norethindrone ). These interactions can alter the potency of the birth control... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...this drug is known to cause serious neurologic consequences in the fetus and should be avoided in pregnancy. Women should be on birth control if they are sexually active while on efavirenz. Other ARVs that should be used with caution in pregnant... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...increases levels of protease inhibitors Crixivan, Lexiva, Invirase, Kaletra, Norvir, and Viracept, as well as immunosuppressants, birth control pills (ethinyl estradiol), and methadone, so caution is advised if using together. Cialis, Levitra,... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...allergies (found in Advair, Flonase, and Flovent), can occur and therefore should be used with caution. The effectiveness of birth control pills may be decreased; alternative or additional methods of contraception with barrier should be used.... Read more »
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very upset

Posted by ophelia, 1 Reply
...had a few more yeast infections but not what I would consider "excessive" or "frequent" ones. also, I have been on and off the birth control pill several times and the infections seemed to coinside with starting/stopping the pill, which I was... Read more »

Want a baby.....

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...tumbling down. Well it would of been 3 years now with the IUD but I found out that it has to be removed and I ran out of ideas for birth control and I honestly dont want to get my tubes tied I wanted another baby is it wrong for two positive... Read more »

taking hiv meds to Russia and Eastern Europe

Posted by Anonymous
...Russia and Eastern Europe this summer. I'm concerned that I might have a problem going through customs in these countries if my HIV meds are spotted. Has anyone taken their HIV meds to these countries? What happened? Any advice? Thanks! Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...A user in the other section said she sat on a needle and got HIV, its very possible and it has happened before, my question is has anyone ever heard of this happening ? and do they know anyone Read more »