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Immune Reconstitution Syndrome And Syphilis

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Immune Reconstitution Syndrome

Table of Contents What Is Immune Reconstitution Syndrome? How Was the Syndrome Identified? Bad News -- Or Good? What Problems Can Occur With IRIS? How Is the Syndrome Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Immune Reconstitution Syndrome? Some people who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) get health problems even though their HIV comes under control. An infection that they previously had might return. In other cases, they...
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What is Immune reconstitution syndrome?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Immune reconstitution syndrome refers to a range of conditions that are seen during the period after potent antietroviral therapy is started. During that time the immune system often begins recovering from the damage that had occurred-most often... Read more »

Immune Reconstitution Syndrome

In what percentage of people starting meds for the first time does this syndrome occur? I have been on Sustiva/Truvada combo since Oct. 12 of this year and am doing well except for a bad rash that is very itchy. I am trying to deal with it using...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The rate of immune reconstitution syndrome varies depending on the population receiving treatment (may be higher in Africa with high rates of untreated TB for example). In the US standard experience with Sustiva/Truvada has seen a low rate of... Read more »

immune reconstitution syndrome related HSV Outbreak?

Thank you very much for the valueable service you provide through the Body website. I have read this quote: << An interesting aspect is the appearance of herpes zoster as an "immune reconstitution syndrome", whereby a herpes zoster...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
It can happen with herpes simplex though TB, othe Mycobacteria, and CMV habe been the most common infections associated with it. KH... Read more »


Hi Doctor -I was wondering if there is any link between PEP medications (retrovir, viread, and epivir) and increasing likelihood of herpes outbreaks? Can taking these medications cause you to have outbreaks? Insert says that medications may...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No, antiretroviral medication used for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) will not increase the likelihood of herpes outbreaks. The comment you read in the package insert about increasing immune system functioning may have been referring to... Read more »
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7 month HIV and Syphilis Negatives...Von Dutch?

Posted by rufenough, 1 Reply
Hi all,

To anyone who has followed my progress out there (especially for you Mrs J&J! And OG, Von Dutch), I got my negative results for HIV and Syphillis Wednesday morning.

My doctor is now referring me onto an infectious disease specialist, and a... Read more »

Rise and Fall of Syphilis Said Normal

Posted by Anonymous
Rise and Fall of Syphilis Said Normal
AP National Writer

January 27, 2005, 7:26 AM EST

A recent rise in syphilis rates in the United States is probably due to
natural cycles rather than an increase in unsafe sex or other behaviors,
accordin... Read more »

The immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The immune system may be able to come back more powerfully than anyone thought after a break in treatment with AIDS drugs, researchers said Wednesday.

They said in patients who had decided to interrupt their complex HIV drug... Read more »

Acute Viral Syndrome

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would Anyone with HIV please explain the Acute Viral Syndrome to me? What were your experiences? What type and how long did your symptoms last? Do they re-occur? Please explain.... Thanks

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