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Benefits Of Antiretroviral Therapy

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TAKING ANTI RETROVIRAL DRUGS

Tested and found HIV positive with a CD4 count of 525. Why are the doctors refusing to place me on treatment? Why do they wait until a CD4 count is less than 200. Why can't they start treatment when they discover that a person is HIV positive.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...In that setting a patient may be more likely to have a side effect from treatment or develop resistance (handicapping future therapy) then to benefit from antiretroviral therapy. Close monitoring by an HIV specialist and attention to other health... Read more »

on statins and triglycerides still high

I am taking lipitor and gemfibrosil-my cholestral came down to 161-however my tricycerides are... Read more »

Effects of Long term use of the cocktail

I am a person that was diagnosed in 1995. I have been on assorted different cocktails for the past... Read more »
Articles
American Medical Association

Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy of Similar Benefit for HIV-Infected Injection Drug Users

...that because of issues of social instability related to illicit drug addiction, HIV-infected IDUs may not be deriving the full benefits of HAART," the authors write. They add that other reports have shown that IDUs are less likely to be... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV/AIDS Therapy: No "Substantial" Difference Found in Antiretroviral Therapy Benefit by Gender

...studies we reviewed failed to find any harmful effect of pregnancy on HIV disease progression. With the availability of effective antiretroviral agents, HIV infected women have increasingly decided to have children," the report stated.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Survival Benefit from Non-Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy in a Resource-Constrained Setting

...Triple ARV drug therapy can greatly improve the quality and length of an HIV patient's life. However, such therapy is not always available in the developing Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Directly Administered Antiretroviral Therapy in the Treatment of HIV Infection: Benefit or Burden?

...leading factor in virologic failure. In the past year, clinicians have focused attention on directly administered antiretroviral therapy (DAART) as a strategy to improve adherence and clinical outcomes. The current review provides an update on... Read more »
Connect With Others

Should i Start medication???

Posted by coconyc, 3 Replies
...Hi im Coco from nyc I though the benefit or getting tested its to find out the virus in a early time so u can get a good treatment that prolong ur life in a better condition, Read more »

hiv gene therapy

Posted by hopefulone, 2 Replies
...hiv gene therapy has been getting a lot of play in the national and international press as of late....i would be interetested in comments on this Read more »

front line

Posted by Anonymous
...continuing challenges? Here's a closer look. Mike Isbell is a global health policy consultant. In 1996, researchers uncovered the benefits of combination antiretroviral therapy and in the developed nations, at least, HIV no longer became a death... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10511-are-we-prescribing-hiv-drugs-properly.html Are We Prescribing HIV Drugs Properly? In cash-starved regions of the world, deciding who should get anti-retroviral drugs for HIV is a tough call. Now it... Read more »