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Hiv And Protease Enzyme

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Protease Inhibitors in Development

These drugs have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use against HIV. Protease Inhibitors These drugs block the protease enzyme. When new viral particles break off from an infected cell, protease cuts long protein strands into the parts needed to assemble a mature virus. When protease is blocked, the new viral particles cannot mature. Protease Inhibitors in Development Several firms are trying to develop a new...
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Papaya enzymes with protease

I am currently taking a papaya enzyme supplement for digestive purposes. Just noticed it also contains protease. Does this affect my HIV status in any adverse way?...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
There are many "proteases" in foods, your intestine, and supplements. It is a catch-all category of enzymes that break apart proteins. In this case, your papaya supplement has these enzymes that have an effect to break apart dietary... Read more »

Protease Enzyme

First of all, I am HIV+ and NOT currently taking any antiretrovirals. I recently had some stomach problems, nausea, diarrhea, etc. A friend recommended a blend of natural enzymes and probiotics. When I checked the label I noticed that it listed...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Steve in DC, thanks for your post.Humanities aside, the proteases that you're talking about are different than HIV protease. Indeed, there are many different proteases out there.While I'm not a huge fan of supplement pills (I favor eating... Read more »

dietary protease vs HIV protease

My mother who is a dietician feels my regimen of Kaletra, Invirase and Truvada is interfering with fat absorption. She feels this is why PI's seem to result in smelly or loose stools. Her solution, dietary enzymes which contain the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
What you are describing is a combination of enzymes produced by the pancrease to facilitate digestion and absorption of food from the gut. If there is pancreatic insufficiency then those enzymes are given in pill form and that is often helpful. I... Read more »

Protease enzyme inhibitors

What are the names of the protease enzymes that are currently available?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The names are:indinavirsaquinavirritonavirnelfinavirlopinavir/ritonavirfosamprenavirtipranavir darunavir... Read more »
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are enzymes related to hiv testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I was wondering if when you donate plasma and they test your enzyme levels in your liver and stuff does it have to do with hiv.I'm wondering becuase i was told my enzyme levels were low when they tested my plasma and they needed to take 2 tubes of... Read more »


Posted by steelah343, 1 Reply
I just recently had an HIV test for the first time. I'm currently waiting results.
The impetus for the test was an increase in liver enzyme levels, which my doctor tells me have doubled (from 20s to 40s) in the past two years.

Again, I'm not certain... Read more »

Elevated liver enzymes.

Posted by Mark100, 1 Reply
Hey guys I just have a question regarding elevated liver enzymes. I contracted hiv in early December of last year and ever since my liver enzymes have been elevated. I don't drink except the occasional drink on the weekends, I don't smoke or do... Read more »

lipodystrophy from protease inhibitors

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have known about my HIV+ status now for 6 years, and God has blessed me with continued good health. I have accessed all the major medications, plus vitamins to help fight the disease. Once I started taking the new protease inhibitors, I started... Read more »