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Are Hiv Blood Tests Done On Women Going On Birth Control Pill

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The Feminization of an Epidemic

Women and HIV in the United States Women represent the fastest growing demographic of HIV infections worldwide. In order to work on reversing this trend, we must have a thorough understanding of the unique issues that affect women living with HIV infection. To date, the medical community has focused a large amount of its research efforts on HIV/AIDS in men. 1 ,2 However, both clinical experience and the observational data that we do have...
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Birth control pills and HAART

I'm going to take tenofovir and sustiva and 3tc. Do I have to stop taking my birth control pills?...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
You do not need to stop birth control pills as you commence this antiretroviral regimen. There is a modest interaction with Sustiva that leads to an increase in the blood levels of estrogen in birth control pills and in the prescribing information... Read more »

Birth control pills with Hepatitis C(cronic)

I was tested positive for hepatitis C.There are no abnormalities of blood works and no other current noticeable effects.Should the use of birth control pills be prevented due to any affect on the liver or can they be used safely?Thanks....
Michael Fried, M.D.

Response from Michael Fried, M.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Birth control pills may be used in the setting of chronic hepatitis C. Your risk of problems from them should be no greater than the average person. Discuss this further with your healthcare professional.... Read more »

interaction of Kaletra and Yasmin birth control pills

Dr. Pierone,I am Hiv positive with a CD4 count of 290 and undetectable viral load. I have been okay taking Kaletra and Truvada for one year until 3 months ago when i got a prescription for yasmin birth control pills and am awaiting my last shot for...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello, and thanks for posting. There is a lot of misunderstanding about hepatitis in general. Hepatitis simply means liver inflammation. When the liver function tests increase, as yours have, something is producing inflammation of the liver. The... Read more »

HIV positive birth control options

I'm currently taking Combivir, Viracept and Viramune. I've been advised that birth control pills affect the effectiveness of HAART, and that HAART affects the effectiveness of birth control pills. Is this accurate? Are there no other...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
It is true that all types of birth control medication including Norplant and Depo-Provera may not be as effective when taken with antiretroviral therapy so it is recommended that you use 2 methods of birth control. The reverse interaction is not as... Read more »
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Support for professional women diagnosed with HIV

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going through the motions...

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Going tomorrow for my first HIV test ever

Posted by grcboy28, 2 Replies
Tomorrow I have decided that I am going to go for my first HIV test. I am 36 heterosexual male and I have had about a an dozen partners over the past 18 years.
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