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Anti-hiv Medications

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Starting Anti-HIV Medications

...infections. A CD4 count is the number of CD4 cells in a sample of blood. A CD4 count measures the health of the immune system. Drug resistance: HIV can mutate (change form). The altered HIV can multiply even in the presence of anti-HIV medications that would normally kill the virus. One or more drugs in a treatment regimen may become ineffective as a result of drug resistance. Drug resistance testing: laboratory testing to determine if...
Ask the Experts

Stocrin and Babies (Safety and Toxicity of Anti-HIV Medications During Pregnancy, 2009)

Hi,Thanks for all the advise so far.I am 34yr female and positive for the last 11yrs, am considerng having a baby next year.I have been on stocrin and truvada for the last two yrs.I know stocrin is not compatable with pregnancy so I need advice as...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(Sustiva, efavirenz) is contraindicated during pregnancy.I'll reprint some information below regarding the safety and toxicity of anti-HIV medications during pregnancy. Talk to your HIV specialist. He will help you select your best treatment... Read more »

i need to know why my husband is taking anti hiv medication

i think there may be a possibility that my husband has hiv i found anti hiv medication in his closet he swears its because he was exposed to hiv in his past is ther any way i can find out i got a test done and iam negative what can i do?????
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...have a better chance of finding out the truth?As a practical matter, you could look on medication bottles and see the date the HIV medications were prescribed. You could also accompany your husband to a rapid HIV test site and get tested... Read more »

Can anti-biotic drugs complicate/interfere with HIV medication?

Dear Dr,I have been on HIV medication (Sustiva/Kivexa) for three years with success. I am generally fit and healthy although recently experienced tenderness and swelling in one testicle. After getting this checked out, my doctor prescribed...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...question and your kind words about the website.There are no drug-drug interactions between doxycycline or penicillin and the HIV medications you are taking. The side effects you may be experiencing may be from the doxycycline which can occur... Read more »

Anti-Seizure Medication and HIV

Thank you for being there for me. I was diagnosed with HIV a year ago and my numbers have been decent. They are as follows:July 2008: CD4/499, Viral Load/52900Sept 2008: CD4/497, Viral Load/42000Mar 2009: CD4/449, Viral Load/67900Up till now, I...
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
Assuming that no other ongoing illnesses or immunizations occurred, it appears that the drug could be the source of these changes. The mechanism of action of lamotrigine is not known. Given that skin rashes and other allergic/immunologic type... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

The FDA Has Just Approved Lexiva, a New Anti-HIV Medication

...options include taking two pills twice daily, or taking one pill twice daily with ritonavir, Birnkrant said, noting that some anti-HIV medications may require as many as eight pills twice daily. "Pill burden-wise, [Lexiva] is somewhat of an... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Resistance to Anti-HIV Medications

...way to do that is to keep HIV under control so it has fewer chances to multiply. To keep HIV from multiplying, you should take anti-HIV medications according to their instructions. When you do this, you should have enough of each drug in your... Read more »
PWA Health Group

Anti-HIV Medications + Street Drugs: Some Cocktails Don't Mix resources and a set number of chemicals which accomplish this task. Because of this, certain drugs, whether they're HIV medications or recreational drugs, can affect how other drugs act. This is called a "drug interaction" -- and some of... Read more »
PWA Health Group

Methadone Interactions With Anti-HIV Drugs, Medications for Opportunistic Infections and Psychiatric Drugs

...Because many medications for HIV and for the prevention of opportunistic infections are broken down by the same liver enzymes that metabolize (break down) methadone, Read more »
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North Carolina ADAP

Posted by goguy00, 2 Replies
...lapse, you won't be able to get your medicine either. Later, I got a letter in the mail from NC ADAP that said only tier 1 anti HIV medications will be covered due to cut backs. Long story short, I am getting a letter off to Governor Bev Perdue... Read more »

Failed a Urinalysis

Posted by SDNavy, 4 Replies
Hey, I recently had a random urinalysis at work, and come to find out I failed it. I do not do illegal drugs, but I do take the meds my doctor have prescribed to me. I am getting mixed answers from various doctors as to wether or not my meds can... Read more »

Just found out, husband stopped taking meds ...

Posted by Zaverolis, 2 Replies
almost 9 months ago. He has been in the best condition health wise since I've known him. 2 years ago, he was diagnosed with non hodgekins lymphoma. Prior to this, he was told he had AIDS and was taking aids meds since 2000. Now, I am thinking... Read more »

First Evaluation

Posted by LordBerners, 2 Replies
...hasn't had any noticable symptoms yet. Anyway, the doctor stressed that I must come in as soon as possible and must begin taking anti-hiv medications as soon as possible.. so made an appoinmtent for two weeks hence. I still feel quite unsure... Read more »