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HIV Treatment 101

... Forget what you've heard about treatment for HIV. HIV treatment in 2009 is a world away from what it was even two years ago. Important new medications and older, proven medications can now be taken less frequently with reduced side effects. Nonetheless, choosing HIV medications
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Bladder cancer treatment in an HIV positive patient. How do HIV drugs and chemotherapy go together?

My husband has been diagnosed with Stage 3-4 Bladder cancer. So far there is no evidence that the cancer has spread beyond the bladder wall, but he is advised to undergo bladder removal surgery. There are concerns that chemotherapy will complicated...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School would be managed were he to be HIV negative. Most of the chemotherapy and radiation treatments do not interfere with the HIV treatments with a few exceptions. One of the HIV drugs AZT (zidovudine, retrovir, combivir, trizivir) does not mix... Read more »

Recreational drugs and HIV treatment

I am starting treatment for the first time this week -- I will be taking Combivir and Nevirapine. I am a social person and once in a while will use coke, ecstasy, speed, marijuana. Not often....say, once a month on a Saturday night and not in...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
I am not aware of interactions with this regimen. However, there have been cases of death with ecstasy and ritonavir (Norvir) (Kaletra too) due to an interaction. Speed is not good for the immune system and seems to be associated with viral load... Read more »

Hypothyroidism could it be caused by HIV or by HIV Treatment?

Hi:Im a 38 y/o Puertorrican who was diagnosed HIV positive by the end of 2009 and my doctor estimate I most probably had contracted the virus about a year before. In March 2010 I started participating in a double blinded Clinical Research Protocol...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Hypothyroidism appears to be modestly more common in HIV+ persons than in the general population (where it occurs on a modest rate). There has not been a link established between any particular HIV drug or regimen and thyroid dysfunction. KH Read more »

Gene Therapy treatment for HIV !!!!!!!!!!!!

Dr Keith my idol, the man that makes sense to me all the time,l have been hiv positive for 25 years and resistant to nearly all meds.... in your expert opinino how long before we have viable gene thearpy for hiv treatemnt ???Gene Therapy Shows...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Too early to predict if such an approach to gene therapy would be effective and safe and affordable and useful for persons with resistant virus-years away from knowing the answer to your good question. KH Read more »
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New Developments in HIV Drug Resistance and Options for Treatment-Experienced Patients

...together with novel protease mutations potentially associated with resistance to PIs. Ada Bertoli and colleagues from several HIV treatment centers in Italy sought to identify the determinants for atazanavir failure among a large cohort of... Read more »
Fair Pricing Coalition

Pricing of New HIV Drug Threatens Access to Treatment -- Sign-On Request

Dear fellow activists, organizations and concerned individuals. A new HIV drug produced by Merck is about to be approved by the Food & Drug Administration in early October. While this is great news, especially for people who have developed... Read more »
Body Positive

HIV Drug Resistance and New Treatments: A Practical Understanding

...treatment. Up to 26% who have never been on a treatment are resistant to drug treatment. Clearly, resistance is a huge issue in treatment for HIV/AIDS. Leon went on to explain viral resistance, a loss of sensitivity to HIV drugs as well as a... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

HIV/AIDS Update -- New Rules for Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs for Treatment Use and Charging for Investigational Drugs

On August 12, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published two new rules related to investigational drugs. One new rule, "Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs for Treatment Use," seeks to clarify the methods available to seriously... Read more »
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New Drug - TMC114

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...helpful for people with resistance to many existing protease inhibitors. But although they eagerly await TMC114's approval, many HIV treatment advocates are also worried: Given how expensive HIV treatment has become in recent years, they are... Read more »

HIV and Treatment Denial

Posted by Deny, 3 Replies
I was told a month ago by my doctor that I was HIV positive and that my cd4 count was 380. My doctor informed me of the various treatments to take if my CD4 drops below 350. I told my doctor that I refuse to take any medications, that I am not... Read more »

The way we address HIV is cause for concern

Posted by bradford
...effects. Providing proper nutrition and Complementary therapies can address the immune system and many of the side effects of HIV treatments. There are no shortages of scientists and physicians as well as individuals living with HIV, who have... Read more »

Interesting news on HIV treatments..

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
A presentation at the 14th International AIDS Conference in Barcelona by a University of Pittsburgh AIDS researcher reveals the "most common cause of death among HIV positive people is liver failure." Dr. Amy Justice bases her conclusions on a study... Read more »