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Fat In The Liver From Haart

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Zerit

...developed and was approved for use in HIV treatment in 1994. This drug was a very effective antiretroviral, but after years of use, the adverse events associated with the drug virtually stopped the prescription of d4T as part of HAART therapy. These side effects are mainly the cause for the worst rate of fat loss called "lipatrophy," most often noted in the face, arms, and legs. There is ongoing concern about the use of this agent in...
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Mild alteration in my blood test. Should I be worried?

I am 46 years old man who is positively charged since 1991 and on HAART therapy since 2001, when my CD4 count dropped to 44 and I had pneumocistosys. After being discharged from the hospital, I started my treatment with antiretrovirals. I am on the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...concern about significant liver/pancreas problems would be low. Non-HIV conditions such as gall bladder disease, gastritis, or fatty liver are more common causes of problems than from HIV meds. If you are new to those HIV drugs some... Read more »

Fat Gain- what to do?

how do i lose weight without diet pills? i take atripla, my viral load is undetectable, cd4 is 650, please help me. i think my body is storing fat. im 6'1 215lbs.
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...found out that visceral fat gain has been associated with immune reconstitution and higher CD4 increases. So those who start HAART at lower baseline CD4 cells may have more viscerat fat ( or visceral adipose tissue- VAT) gain . Fat gain in the... Read more »

ALT/AST high again after 2nd try with Truvada

I have hiv/hepb and early last year, I was put on Truvada with Reyataz, whereupon my alt & ast climbed to 3000 & 1000. So I went off of the meds to let my liver rest. I started on Truvada and Isentress 4 months ago after my alt/ast dropped back...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...recurrent hepatotoxicity on HIV medications - interferon led to normalization of ALT and AST which allowed us to reintroduce needed HAART. I suspect you would have a similarly positive response - it may not lead to a sustained HBV remission, but... Read more »

T-Chromium and exercice

hi ! I'm writing from Argentina. I'm HIV + since 1989 and I remain healthy (VL undetectable and CD4 over 500) under HAART.I train at the gym 3/4 times a week but I'd like to avoid aerobics. A Sport's Doctor suggest me to take T-Cromium...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...The information on chromium picolinate and fat loss is very conflicting out there. Depending on the study, I have read about great results or no results at all. It is meant Read more »
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Rescriptor

...changed, it came down to 2 pills three times per day. In general, this antiretroviral is not used to any great extent in current HAART therapy as there are better choices in almost all cases where this drug is being considered. Data are available... Read more »
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Norvir

...it. However, low-dose ritonavir has made a profoundly important impact by improving the efficacy and durability of PI-based HAART. -- Cal Cohen, M.D. Activist A necessary evil -- without Norvir, many PIs would be useless or have a much... Read more »
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Retrovir

...combinations Combivir or Trizivir. Since the approval of other more convenient and safer antiretrovirals, the use of AZT in HAART therapy has decreased significantly. There is one time when AZT is still considered "preferred" which is for a... Read more »
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The Feminization of an Epidemic

...women have higher CD4 counts when they develop AIDS, perhaps they should be started on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) at higher CD4 counts than men. More research is needed to determine how to use viral loads and CD4 counts in women... Read more »
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CDC says HAART is to blaim

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...From 1992 through 2000, we observed a total of 7188 deaths, 4870 (68%) during the pre-HAART period, and 2318 (32%) during the HAART period. Compared with the pre-HAART period, proportions of deaths with the following Read more »

wasting

Posted by trnyack, 2 Replies
I was first diagnosed in May of 2001 when My Vl was 750,000 and my cd4 was 42, since then I have been taking a cocktail of Viracept, Epivir, Zerit, and Bactrim, My weight has dropped from around 160 lbs to just over 120, I am nioticing veins bulging... Read more »

Wasting

Posted by trnyack, 4 Replies
I was first diagnosed in May of 2001 when My Vl was 750,000 and my cd4 was 42m, since then I have been taking a cocktail of Viracept, Epivir, Zerit, and Bactrim, My weight has dropped from around 160 lbs to just over 120, I am nioticing veins... Read more »

When to Start Meds

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...Starting HIV-Positive Patients on HAART Early Reduces Treatment-Related Complications, Study Finds February 9, 2006 HIV-positive patients who begin highly active Read more »