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Hiv And Aids Treatment Options In Elderly

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HIV Treatment 101

Forget what you've heard about treatment for HIV. HIV treatment in 2009 is a world away from what it was even two years ago. Important new medications and older, proven medications can now be taken less frequently with reduced side effects. Nonetheless, choosing HIV medications and determining when to begin treatment are big decisions. Fortunately, newly infected people not on treatment typically can go 10 years without a single symptom. This...
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Elderly AIDS male slow to low vl high cd4

My husband is over 65 and was diagnosed HIV+ and HPB 10 months ago and has been on HAART for the past 10 months. His VL was over a million and CD4 coung less than 20. He has overcome lymphoma, perforated bowel, lung infection and is doing well...
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
Yes, he should be able to get to an undetectable viral load. Given where the viral load started, it could take as long as a year. If the viral load remains detectable at the level it currently is, it may require a modification in the HIV med regimen... Read more »

Treatment Options

I may be starting HIV treatment soon and, due to another medical condition, find it almost impossible to swallow pills above a certain size. How readily available are medications by suspension?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, some antiretrovirals are available in liquid/suspension form, as we use the same medications for young children. Talk to your HIV specialist physician about your concerns. He should be able to advise you of your best options for an... Read more »

Trying to understand lab and treatment options

Hello,I've only had HIV infection for 1 1/2 yrs. My VL has been stable @ 80,000, CD4% 25, and CD4's 500 - 900 for the previous nine months. My last two labs my VL was 243,000;500,000; CD4% 25;19, CD4 630;490. My VL trend is definetly on...
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
I agree the trend indicates that treatment is in your future sooner rather than later. I would NOT wait until your CD4 count reached 250 before starting treatment. You have some time,I would wait until you are settled and not start now, only to have... Read more »

closer examination of this target needed with improvement treatment options!

Dr. Young,As you note, hiv therapy has drastically improved the outcomes for the majority of positive individuals. Nevertheless, this articles raises some concern about the fact that some brain damage does occur even with individuals on therapy....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Michael-thanks for your posting and attention to the literature surrounding HIV.This study does raise important questions about therapuetic goals-- some have asserted that getting medications to all anatomic sites is an essential goal. The fact is,... Read more »
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Current Treatment Options, and Prospects

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I just want to know, how good are the currently available treatments, and what are the prospects for newly infected persons? The new drugs, anounced at the Retroconference, when do you think they will be available, and what effect are they going to... Read more »

AIDS Treatment Options

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm a journalism student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism looking for New Yorkers living with AIDS to talk with me about the complexities of AIDS treatment options. I'd like to speak both with people considering cocktail... Read more »

HIV Treatment Option--Paid Study

Posted by JFletcher

We're conducting a paid research study with Men and Women Diagnosed with HIV-Positive to take part in our study and ONLY TALK about different treatment options.
Your opinion counts, and we compensate for travel and time with $100 for approximately... Read more »

Treatment options

Posted by Iampanicked, 3 Replies
With the kind of symptoms I am going through presently after a possible exposure with a CSW, I am pretty sure I am infected. I stay in a remote corner in India where each one of us knows each other. I am afraid of treating myself here as I will have... Read more »