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Anti HIV Medications And Alcohol

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When to Start Anti-HIV Medications

Terms Used in This Fact Sheet Antiretroviral: A medication that prevents a retrovirus, such as HIV, from making copies of itself. Anti-HIV medications are also called antiretrovirals. Antiretroviral therapy (ART): The recommended treatment for HIV. ART involves taking a combination of three or more anti-HIV medications from at least two different drug classes every day to control the virus. CD4 count: The number of CD4 cells in a sample...
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Alcohol, anti depressants and HIV

Greetings from Turkey doctor. Sorry my insufficient English. Because of my divorce, I drink a lot of alcohol (6 strong beer every day), I use excessive amount of anti-depressants, valium etc. I had suspect sexual behaviour 90 days ago. had...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Thank you for writing. The good news is that it is unlikely that the substances you describe caused a false negative. Your pattern of alcohol and valium, however, is problematic. These two substances create a powerful and harmful combination. I... Read more »

effect of combination of valtrex plus the anti depressant plus alcohol, does it affect the result. I am so sorry Dr, i forgot to include the valtrex and now i am scared about it. Please answer. I feel like my nerve which connects the brain is breaking.

THanks for your response Dr. Brian. unfortunately, I forgot one last thing to ask to you, in the same question. THe reason I am forgetting to write the whole question is again due to stress. Sorry about that, this is my last question to you, please...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Valtrex, on its own or in combination with any other medications, does not have any effect on the accuracy of the HIV antibody test. You can still rely on the fact that the negative tests you got for HIV and anything else that was test are the right... Read more »

Dr. Mcgovern, will a combination of depressant(alcohol) and anti depressant(citalopram) for two years, will these affect the HIV or Hepatis B or Hep C test result.

Dear Dr. Mcgovern,i had a exposure, and due to the stress, i was on antidepressant(citalopram 20 mg everyday) and i was also drinking alcohol everyday in the same period, because of the stress again. In the morning i used to take citalopram 20 mg...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
No the blood tests are very accurate. I would not worry about a false negative due to these issues. I am concerned about your alcohol intake and hope that you have restricted this since alcohol (including beer) can cause significant liver disease.... Read more »

was on anti depressant(citalopram) for two years and was drinking alcohol in the same two years time, before i got tested. WIll that effect my HIV test result or any other STD test results.

Dear Dr. ConwayI had an exposure, and due to the stress, I was on an antidepressant(citalopram 20 mg everyday) and I was also drinking alcohol everyday again because of the stress. In the morning I used to take citalopram 20 mg everyday and in the...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
None of the drugs you are taking (and no drugs that I know of) have any effect on the HIV antibody test results. I would say the same thing about any of the other tests you have undergone. If the results were negative (for HIV-1 and everything... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is there any information that due to the effect of anti viral combination treatments that the liver& kidneys cannot process alcohol as quickly ? Read more »

Alcohol and HIV

Posted by wonderbread, 2 Replies
Hey all! I have been posative for about twenty months now. I am not taking any med yet but was wondering about alcohol. Some time I like to come home and a few beer after work or with friends on friday night but have been noticing that over the last... Read more »

Alcohol Consumption and HIV+

Posted by PozInOrlando, 4 Replies
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Does anyone know if a positive tests for antibodies against anti fosfolipidos can have anything to do with HIV?

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