Does Sleeping With Someone Who Is Hiv Infected Mean You Will Become Infected

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Those so-called Natural Sleep Aids

I am on Atripla now for 2 years. Doing well. CD4 500, VL undetectable. So changing meds seems like a bad idea. But the problem is that I seem to have some trouble sleeping on some nights. I do take my meds at night. Is there any truth to these...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...There is little to no published data on the efficacy of many of over the counter natural sleepaids. Critical review of the claims suggest that many would not work as advertised. Benadryl (diphenhydramine)is the active ingredient Read more »

Having less than 6 hours of sleep can cause delayed HIV serconversion

Hi Dr. Bob,Another worried-well question: I had a protected vaginal sex but performed unprotected... Read more »


It's my 10th year of living with HIV and have been on ARV since 2002 . I developed sleep apnoea 4... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Depression and HIV

...symptoms, they are probably depressed: Fatigue or feeling slow and sluggish Problems concentrating Low sex drive Problems sleeping; waking very early or excessive sleeping Feeling guilty, worthless, or hopeless Decreased appetite or weight loss... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Recreational Drugs and HIV

...progression. However, it's clear that if you party a lot, you may not be taking care of your physical health. Getting enough sleep and eating regular meals can help you stay healthy. Drug use can make you choose not to sleep and can reduce your... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Enfuvirtide (Fuzeon)

...reactions. The most common other side effects of enfuvirtide are headache, pain and numbness in feet or legs, dizziness, and loss of sleep. How Does It React With Other Drugs? Enfuvirtide has been studied to see if it interacts with other... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part I: Treatments for Fat Gain

...recommended and not proven to be effective in HIV+people. They usually contain stimulants that decrease appetite and the abilityto sleep. They can also increase blood pressure and make heart diseaseworse. Testosterone Man-made testosterone has... Read more »
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AIDS Cure Quest to Kill `Sleeping' Viruses

Posted by new2this2010
...AIDS Cure Quest to Kill `Sleeping' Viruses Enlists Merck Cancer Medicine Read more »

caffeine, sleep, and HIV

Posted by Anonymous
... PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY which will examine the effect of caffeine on sleep and well-being in persons with HIV. Persons with HIV and AIDS seem to suffer more sleep disruption than the general population. Read more »

Efavirenz: ways to fight its sleep-reduction.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 1 Reply
...all your Efavirenz just before bed (so that the dizziness/spinning and inability to concentrate occurs while you are hopefully sleeping), then from after lunch onwards avoid food and drink which contains Tyramine. In other words, for that day,... Read more »

Light sleeping / no sleeping / endless dreaming

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...I'm on EFV, 3TC, & TDF (Efavirenz, Lamivudine, & Tenofovir). All taken at the same time, just before bed. I either sleep so lightly that any movement or sound from my partner wakes me up; or I lie there for two to four hours not... Read more »
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