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Acyclovir In Hiv Treatment

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Surprisingly, Acyclovir for HSV-2 Treatment Fails to Curtail HIV Acquisition

In this summary of her study, Connie Celum, M.D., of the University of Washington at Seattle, discusses surprisingly disappointing results from a study examining whether the use of acyclovir to treat herpes simplex virus type-2 infection can, in... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Acyclovir and Transmission of HIV-1 From Persons Infected With HIV-1 and HSV-2

"Most persons who are infected with [HIV-1] are also infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), which is frequently reactivated and is associated with increased plasma and genital levels of HIV-1," wrote the authors. "Therapy to suppress... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Herpes Drug Acyclovir Does Not Reduce Risk of HIV Transmission, Does Slow HIV Progression, Study Says

The drug acyclovir, which suppresses herpes simplex virus-2, does not reduce the risk of HIV transmission when taken by HIV-positive people who also have herpes, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington , United... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Is it safe for Hiv Positive people to take Acyclovir?

I am hiv positive and have genital herpes. I am not on hiv meds yet.My cd4 count is 540/21% viral load- 24000. When I have a herpes outbreak I take Acyclovir 800 mg- three times a day for five days. I've read of a recent study that says this...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.There's no risk of HIV resistance from acyclovir. Indeed, there is data that treatment of herpes with acyclovir (or other HSV medications) may actually have benefits in lowering HIV viral loads and decreasing the... Read more »

Acyclovir reducing HIV Viral Load

I was diagnosed HIV+ in March 2008. Apart from HIV1 also diagnosed with HSV1 and HPV genitally. I underwent this HIV test and was diagnosed HIV+ when I had the first outbreak of HSV - 1 (anal lesions) and HPV (anal warts) and was immediately put on...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
1. You can take it on a daily basis. I have several patients on such a regimen. However, acyclovir is NOT a substitute for a potent HIV regimen. Given your relatively normal CD4 count, it is not unreasonable to use it alone for HSV preventative... Read more »

lymphoma, acyclovir and HAART

Do you recommend high-dose acyclovir as a potential way to prevent NHL in HIV+ patients? Does it matter whether there has been an AIDS diagnosis or whether they are on therapy? Thanks....
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I have dealt with this question in the past, but not in a long while. This question came up in the past after the publication of a study which showed that high doses of acyclovir could prevent lymphoma. In general, I do NOT recommend taking high... Read more »

what the census on Acyclovir

Doctor,I was wondering what are the guidelines for Acyclovir? I have never had genital herpes and I have been taking Acyclovir for nearly two years just becaus emy Doctor says, sorry i don't believe in taking unnecessary medications.I can not...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question.In general, I agree with you. If you don't have oral or genital herpes, there is little benefit in having you take acyclovir (or one of its cousins, like valacyclovir). It may be that you have antibody evidence of... Read more »
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Zovirax(acyclovir) and HIV tests

Posted by Anonymous
Does the HIV test results get affected if one is on Zovirax(acyclovir) medication when the blood sample for the test is taken. Zovirax is a medication for HSV.

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Acyclovir - HIV Seroconversion Delay

Posted by worriedman460, 3 Replies
Ok. I did a stupid thing.
2 times oral, 2 times vaginal unprotected intercourse on New Year's eve. no excuse for it....

Anyway, I got a real quick cold a couple weeks in... cleared up within a couple weeks.
a month afterwards, i got a small lesion... Read more »

When to begin treatment?

Posted by NurseEddie, 4 Replies
I contracted HIV June 2004, diagnosed July 19th, 2004. I am also a newly recovering meth addict fresh out of inpatient treatment. My CD4 count, as of 08/09/05 was 997 with a viral load of 69,000. In May my numbers were 580 and 92,000,... Read more »

Community Member Sought for HIV Treatment Guidelin

Posted by Anonymous
Community Member Sought for HIV Treatment Guidelines Panel

The Panel on Clinical Practices for Treatment of HIV Infection is seeking nominations for a community representative to serve a 3-year term on their Adult Guidelines Panel. The ideal... Read more »