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...Activist A lifesaving drug for patients with protease resistance when first released, Aptivus has been supplanted by newer PIs with improved resistance profiles, but without the debilitating GI problems -- mostly diarrhea. A host of drug interactions -- including other protease inhibitors -- makes this a tricky drug to balance in a regimen, especially for salvage patients already on a host of other meds. -- Jeff Taylor Got a...
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Atypical Response to Atripla

One month ago My CD4 count was 244 and viral load of 18,000. I started Atripla (haven't missed a dose). I just recieved my first lab results since starting Atripla one month ago. My viral load is down to 630 and CD4 count of 465. These are the first...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
...Thanks for sharing your story.Yes, I have seen this type of quick early response many times. It is a reflection on your taking your meds as prescribed. Very rapid drops in viral load have been commonly seen Read more »

please dr Bob.make me feel better

Dear Dr Bob,Since I realize that all my last messages didnt have an answer because you re so busy,now I really need your help. 3 months ago I had protected sex with a girl on her period but the condom broke..panic stress etc etc. I called my doctor...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...broken-condom sexperience are definitive and conclusive. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No need for any additional HIV tests.Atypical host responses to HIV are beyond rare and actually are not dependent on very small amounts of virus.... Read more »


Since my last consultation 6 months ago my CD4 count has gone up 2 only points from 153 to 155.I got this new result yesturday. My last increase was almost 50 points in 6 months. How concerned should I be about such a slow and disappointing...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...though viral load remains undetectable. The combination of ddI and tenofovir has been associated with these aberrant CD4-cell responses, but the underlying mechanism is unclear, and the phenomenon is also seen in patients taking other drugs.In a... Read more »

hiv outside the host

Dr. Bob,We have all read that hiv does not survive well outside the body, but what exactly happens to it when it leaves the host? Does the cell wall collapse, or do the glycoproteins get degraded, or does the capsid "burst", or etc..? Have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,HIV is an extremely tiny piece of genetic material that gets integrated into the genetic material of host cells (CD4 cells, for example). HIV does not survive without viable host cells. Hence, when HIV and/or HIV-infected cells are Read more »
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Immune Therapies in Development

...several types of immune cells, including CD4 T cells. Therapeutic Vaccines Therapeutic vaccines improve HIV-specific T-cell responses in patients whose viral load is suppressed by ART. This should permit better control of HIV if the ART is... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...(crypto) is an infection caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium . A parasites gets its nutrients from another living organism (the host). Your body is the host when you have this infection. Crypto mainly affects the intestines and causes... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Toxoplasmosis infection caused by the single-celled parasite toxoplasma gondii . A parasite lives inside another living organism (the host) and takes all of its nutrients from the host. The toxo parasite is very common in cat feces, raw vegetables, and the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...infected with HIV due to contact with an environmental surface. Additionally, HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions;... Read more »
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atypical host response

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Undetected HIV-1 RNA,PCR at 17 weeks

Posted by roma2010, 2 Replies
...hiya all i have the results of my 17 close to 18 weeks results of a PCR RNA for HIV-1 and it was undetected testing was done by COBAS AmpliPrep (Roche Molecular systems) qualification range of this assay Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
does anyone know if and upper resipatory infection ex. mucas and swollen tonsils, whitness on the toungue ever resemble hiv infection? Read more »

StarBright Please read my response to your post

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