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Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) Fact Sheet

What Are the Symptoms? How Do You Diagnose PML? How Do You Treat PML? Potent Anti-HIV Therapy Cytosine Arabinoside (Ara-C) Experimental Treatments Commentary The Bottom Line PML is a rare AIDS-related condition of the brain, caused by the JC virus. World wide, more than 4 in 5 adults are exposed to this virus, but it only causes disease in people with weakened immune systems. Before AIDS, PML was rarely seen except in people with...
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Nevirapine Hypersensitivity Reaction

After a few months break from 6 years of NVP therapy along with AZT/3TC, I reintroduced the agents and experienced a severe hypersensitivity reaction. My questions are...1. Even though this was 10 months ago I still feel as though my nerve endings...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
From the information you provided it seems unlikely that you experience an hypersensitivity reaction to either AZT or 3TC so the nevirapine would be the most likely inciting drug. It seems reasonable to me to consider use of ZT + 3TC and Kaletra... Read more »

Hypersensitive Reaction to Trizivir?

I started taking Trizivir (my first time with any hiv medication) 14 days ago and I am extremely concerned that I am having a hypersensitive reaction to it. I had nausea for about 10 days and then on the 11th day I started getting flu like...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
In my experience it can be a challenge to sort out abacavir hypersensitivity reaction from a bad cold but there are a few features that can help. If the symptoms worsen in a step wise manner when you take the Trizivir (symptoms worsen after taking... Read more »

possibility of hypersensitivity reaction when restarting Trizivir

I am a 36 y/o male diagnosed HIV+ in 1999. My current cd4 is 766 26%, and VL 56650. I have elected to restart Trizivir and Viread. I have taken both of these medications in the past without any problems apart from the usual run of the mill side...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Hi Ray,Thank you for your posting and Merry Christmas to you as well.In order to fully answer your question regarding whether Atripla would be an alternative I would need some additional information. If your only previous regimen was Trizivir and... Read more »

Respiratory Hypersensitivity reaction to Abacavar

Hi. Thank you for this wonderful service.I started 3TC and D4T 5 years ago when my viral load was around 30,000 and T-cells around 350/CD4 15%This brought my viral load down to between 4-6000, but never undetectable.After a year I added...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
The symptoms of hypersensitivity to abacavir (Ziagen) are vague and nonspecific, but the fever, cough, respiratory distress are all suggestive of it. It is possible that your symptoms were related to your allergies +/- a... Read more »
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Abacavir - Hypersensitivity - EPZICOM

Posted by Survivor, 2 Replies
David, I read your Email and brought the PDF forward. Dr. Ben was very watchful when I initially got started and had follow up calls to me regarding any problems if in deed I was blinded on the Abacavir. Either I am on it and am fine or I am not... Read more »

allergic reactions

Posted by TRex, 2 Replies
Has anyone who is HIV positive had a lot of allergic reactiosn to antibiotics? I had two allergic reactions (the Bactrim one was the one who made me ask for the HIV test).the other one is Keflex. I am on Augmentin now and woke up with another... Read more »

helpful pcr facts needed please

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
After reading different views posted here on pcr facts, I just had a 30 pcr test negative, after many symptoms that could be related to infection, this negative result is a very good sign right? Can someone with knowledgeable information respond to... Read more »

PCR Facts

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
First off, there are 2 types of PCR tests...RNA and DNA. RNA PCR tests for the free floating virus and in very very FEW cases, like not very many, some people will have undetected RNA loads that cannot be picked up by a PCR RNA test. THIS IS RARE!... Read more »