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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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How soon after exposure could acute phase begin?

Hello, I had unprotected sex on Thursday night and ejaculation into my anus was involved. My partner said he's HIV negative, but the next day (Friday) I became achy and the day after that (Saturday)my achyness continues and I had some fever...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Jeff,Yep. Two days is way too soon for acute retroviral symptoms related to primary infection with HIV. Symptoms take weeks, not hours or days, to manifest.Certainly unprotected receptive anal sex is the most risky sexual behavior. Testing at... Read more »

Is this bad news? (phase angle)

I finally have gotten a phase angle done. This was my first so there is nothing to compare it to. I am positive for 10 years with high cd4's (900's) undetectableVL (with meds). I eat a very high protein diet complemented with an array of...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
First off, you cannot depend on a phase angle to tell you what is going on... only that something is an issue to be explored. For those of you tuning in late on the phase angle discussion, we are talking about a bioelectrical impedance analysis... Read more »

Acute Phase v. Viral Load Symptoms

I became ill with symptoms on July 20 (fever, aches/pains/night sweats/etc). I was tested on July 29. The results showed a viral load of 500,000 and a CD$ of 394. I am now four weeks into the acute phase but I still have some very debilitating...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) following HIV primary infection is extremely variable from person to person, not only in the symptoms experienced, but also in the severity and duration of those symptoms. In general, symptoms associated with... Read more »

Argos AGS-004 Phase 2a trial in patients with HIV

Howdy Robert: I am Robert also. I just wanted to let you know that today March 29th at 11:28 AM EST I began a protocal program that you have on your bucket list. To make a short version you most likely are aware it is the ARGOS study with Dendrionic...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey there Robby,Well I don't know if dendritic cell therapy is exactly on my bucket list, but I'm certainly a strong proponent of immune-based therapies as a critical piece for the cure of HIV/AIDS. Please feel free to send periodic... Read more »
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prolonged eclipse phase without maker positivity?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
In your work, you suggested that there is an eclipse phase between HIV exposure and detection of any marker positivity in the blood. You presented your argument as follows based on the 51 documented cases of occupational transmission of HIV from... Read more »

symptoms of HIV and ARS question one more time

Posted by rob422, 2 Replies
okay i can't find this question in the index.
i'm very new to this whole HIV scare. and i'm also finding out that everything i've read about HIV from other websites is misleading.

i don't really care about the possibility of my infection status or... Read more »

re:understanding your labs debate

Posted by une_fille, 4 Replies
i just wanted to point out that the person writing said that in his/her opinion, the friend is in the "INITIAL phase of HIV Disease"...obviously, this person is in the window period. there is nothing inaccurate with the ELISA or Western Blot if... Read more »