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Do I Need To Take Raltegravir

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An Overview of Isentress (Raltegravir, MK-0518)

ral-TEG-ra-vir Brand Name: Isentress Other Name(s): RAL, raltegravir potassium Drug Class: Integrase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Raltegravir can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include skin reactions, allergic reactions, and liver problems. Stop taking raltegravir and contact your health care provider right away if you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms: ...
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Raltegravir Resistance

Hi Doctor Mark. My story is this. I get infected with a high resistance virus, my first medications were truvada and kaletra, unfortunately I developed resistance to both and my doctor decided to add raltegravir to my meds one year ago. The trouble...
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
Well the devil is in the details, as to exactly what mutations are present in the reverse transcriptase, protease and integrase enzyme sequences to know exactly how to proceed. The regimen your doctor is considering would not be a bad approach. But,... Read more »

Celzentry (maraviroc) and Isentress (raltegravir) together?

Dear Dr. Young and Dr McGowanMy doctor wants to switch me to Celzentry and Isentress and Truvada. I would prefer celzentry or isentress, plus truvada. I was surprised when he told me he wanted to put me on both, plus truvada. He feels I need...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Dear Felicia,The need for an additional medicine may be related to any past drug resistance that may have developed in your virus over time. Since you have been infected since 1986 (and by the way...Congratulations on doing so well!!) it is... Read more »

Considering Raltegravir Trial

Hi from the UK.I am a 41yo male about to start meds for the first time. My resistance tests are all good (no resistance showing) so I have a wide choice of meds to choose from.My question is: My HIV doctor invited me to take part to a study to...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello G. and thanks for your post.I appreciate your interest in participating in clinical trials- we all are indebted to the many thousands or participants before you.As for the study that you're interested in- know that with all studies,... Read more »

Raltegravir, Etravirine and Truvada based regiment

Hi Doc, I am currently on boosted Darunavir, Truvada and Etravirine. I have some resistance to the drugs in Truvada but they are still partially active. I have been suppressed with very high CD4+ count (1100 in February) for almost 5 years. I have...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting from Norway.Regimens for people with drug resistant virus can often be somewhat unusual, especially if working around issues of side effects, toxicity or other health issues (like high cholesterol or kidney injury).The... Read more »
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Take Raltegravir? Have Herpes?

Posted by peterorgers
I don't have hiv, however I do have genital herpes. Those with just genital herpes do not have access to any drugs currently that are strong enough to completely repress the disease. Many in the genital herpes community are getting exciting that... Read more »

Those taking, Raltegravir, Truvada & Atazanavir

Posted by sweetvanilla27, 1 Reply
I am wanting to hear from anyone who have experienced taking Raltegravir, Truvada & Atazanavir and how you have got on with the meds?

I first started taking meds in May this year I was put on Truvda and Sustiva first, and was taken off them due... Read more »

raltegravir questions please help me out here

Posted by themushroom, 2 Replies
I am currently infected with a virus in the HIV family It is called Xenotropic murine leukemia virus related virus (XMRV) and is responsible for my HIV like illness and symptoms (chronic oral thrush shingles ect) It is a retro virus that... Read more »

BF needs a Job .. We need suggestions

Posted by cassiusp, 2 Replies
Hullo people,

My bf is trying to change careers. he used to be a stylist and interpreter (spanish, portugese) but got ill with a few OI's last year. He recovered by Jan and is now looking for employment. He wants to work with a non profit AIDS... Read more »