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Combination Therapy For Hiv And Aids

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What Is Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)?

How Are the Drugs Used? Antiretroviral drugs are usually used in combinations of three or more drugs from more than one class. This is called "Combination Therapy." Combination therapy works better than using just one ARV alone, It also helps prevent drug resistance. Manufacturers of ARVs keep trying to make their drugs easier to take, and have combined some of them into a single pill. See Fact Sheet 409 for more information on combination...
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Combination therapy or prophylaxsis ?

I am a 33 year woman who has been living with HIV for 12 years. In the last month I developed bacterial pneumonia while on holiday. My CD4 count was 210 and viral load 83,200. I am not currently on any treatment and now want to know whether I can...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your questions.With a CD4 count of 210 and recent history of bacterial pneumonia, I'd be thinking of starting HIV therapies in the near future. Indeed, a case of "recurrent" bacterial pneumonia, irrespective of CD4... Read more »

New Therapy Combination

I'll try to be concise. I have been HIV+ for more than 25 years.Age 56.On therapy since 1992.In very good health, never been sick due to HIV related illnesses. After the initial treatments in 1992, I have settled on a very well tolerated...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello PDR and thanks for posting from beautiful Italy.Kidney function is an important aspect of monitoring the health of people living with HIV. Further, kidney function tends to decline (normally) with age, so as positives live longer, we'd... Read more »

kidney disease and combination therapy

A hiv+ friend suffers from IGA nephropathy (kidney disease) which he had before hiv infection. He has been treating the hiv with AZT but his viral load has now sky-rocketed to 780,000. His doctor wants him to start taking a combination of a protease...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Is your friend's doctor saying that the antiretrovirals will cause kidneyfailure, or that his kidney disease will do it? Neither makes sense to me,though I don't know the details of your friend's case. IgA nephropathy doesnot... Read more »

combination therapies

My Dr. just put me on a combination therapy of combivir-viread-saquinavir. I just read on line that this combination is the worst drug combination drug therapy. This combination have, in several anecdotal reports, led to gastrointestinal distress,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There are hundreds of possible combinations of 3/4 anti-HIV drugs. Each drug has its problems. The decision about which drug combination to use is complicated. The regimen you are on has not been extensively studied but is a reasonable one which... Read more »
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New HIV therapy shows promise

Posted by losing_it, 1 Reply
Saw this on cnn today.....

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers may finally be on track to fight the AIDS virus by blocking a long-elusive target, an HIV enzyme called integrase. An experimental drug that inhibits the enzyme helped to keep the infection in... Read more »

Resistant, then what? How many lines of therapy?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
What percentage of folks infected with HIV are basically screwed by total resistance right out of the gate? I know resistance forms of HIV is becoming more common, but generally there is still a line of treatment options that will work for these... Read more »

Stopping Therapy for Mycobaterium Avium Infection

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
Within the past month and a half, my partner has become sick. He has consistantly [consisted] tested negative for HIV. He has been diagnosed with a mycobacterium avium infection in his bone marrow. Unfortunately the treatment looks pretty harsh from... Read more »

New combined Truvada/Sustiva combination

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi.
Just wondered if anybody knew as to when the above co-formulated combo will be available? I s it this year?
I am starting with Truvada + Sustiva, but as I not keen on taking tablets anyway, I would rather take just 1 tablet instead of 2.
Thank you Read more »