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Treatment Interruptions

What Are Treatment Interruptions? What Are the Risks? The Bottom Line What Are Treatment Interruptions? Researchers have studied interruptions of antiretroviral therapy for various reasons. These treatment interruptions are usually called structured or strategic treatment interruptions (STIs), or structured intermittent therapy (SIT). During most treatment breaks, the viral load climbs very quickly and CD4 cell counts drop. Some...
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Hepatitis B treatment with Viread

I had had Hep B for many years and was closely watched by my family doctor. A recent blood test indicated my DNA count has risen to 2700 and my doctor suggested taking Viread for treatment. I researched this drug and found that there were many side...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Viread is a potent HBV drug that has many years of proven experience and safety. It has an excellent safety record in HIV infected patients as well since it also have activity against that virus. I would stress that the vast majority of patients... Read more »

Hepatitis B Treatment?

Which therapy is better? Shots or Pills?? Thank you
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
The answer is "it depends".If I have a patient with low level of virus and who is "HBeAg positive" then I favor interferon - particularly if they have genotype A infection.If I have a patient with "HBeAg negative" infection, I favor some of the... Read more »

hiv-hepatitis b treatment

Hi, Barbara, thank you for your time. What treatment would you recommend for a person who is hiv undetectable, has 450 cd4, with chronic hepatitis b, also undetectable, who is taking nevirapine and combivir?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Since you have undetectable HIV RNA, HBV DNA and great CD4 counts, I am not sure you need any changes in your medications. However, I will say that the DHHS guidelines do suggest the use of Truvada as part of your HIV treatment regimen in patients... Read more »

HCV Genotype 3B treatment

My wife is suffering with the HCV genotype 3B since 2005. Her ALt is consistently normal since tht time and the most recent ultra sound detected no liver disease except showing fatty liver. I want to what is chance of removing the virus by the use...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Hepatitis C genotype 3 with a low viral load - your wife is a great treatment candidate! Her chance of responding is terrific.But yes this treatment is very expensive. There is some European data suggesting that treatment for 12 to 16 weeks is also... Read more »
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How HIV Drugs Get Approved

Why Does It Take So Long to Approve New Drugs? What Are the "Phases" of Clinical Trials? How Do We Know if a Drug Works? Using Unapproved Drugs For More Information Why Does It Take So Long to Approve New Drugs? Developing a... Read more »
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Pick a Card, Pick a Plan

Photo: PA IMAGERY With the ongoing economic crisis, plus the large number of people who are unemployed, and the mounting costs associated with health care, patient assistance and drug co-pay programs may be a way to offer much-needed... Read more »
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St. John's Wort (Hypericin)

What Is St. John's Wort? What Are the Benefits of St. John's Wort? Why Do People With HIV Use St. John's Wort? How Is St. John's Wort Used? What Are the Side Effects? How Does It Interact With Other Therapies? The Bottom Line ... Read more »
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Hepatitis: Overview

What Is Hepatitis? Viral Hepatitis Other Types of Hepatitis Medication Problems Alternative Approaches What Is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means an inflammation, or swelling, of the liver. Viruses can cause hepatitis. Alcohol, drugs... Read more »
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Lost

Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

insertive oral sex and vih and hepatitis b

Posted by nightsunami
can i infectet by hepatitis B for insertive oral sex?? i have a negative VIH test from 1 year... Read more »

hepatitis b and insertive oral sex

Posted by nightsunami
can i infected by hepatitis B from insertive oral sex??im negative test 5 monts and 2 weeks of HIV after my last encountrer- thanks Read more »

Infectious or Intoxication Diseases?

Posted by Anonymous
AIDS, Hepatitis C, BSE: Infectious or Intoxication Diseases? Claus Khnlein, Germany English translation and English edit by Jrgen Faas, Kathy McMahon and Fintan Dunne. With kind permission by the ... Read more »