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Hiv Cocktail And Side Effects In Young Children

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Children and HIV

How Serious Is HIV for Children? How Are Children Different? Research on Children Treatment for Children Children and Adherence The Bottom Line How Serious Is HIV for Children? Where antiretroviral medications (ARVs) and good medical care for pregnant women are available, new infections of children are rare. There were about 2 million children around the world living with HIV in 2007. Anyone age 13 or younger is counted as a child in...
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effects of hiv cocktail on diabetic

Police officer must take hiv cocktail due to bite on hand from drug user. Officer is diabetic. Can they take this cocktail and what side effects occur...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
A one month course of antiretrovirals rarely would have any lasting effect on diabetic status. For some regimens and diabetics there could be a modest aggravating effect during the 4 weeks on treatment. KH... Read more »

CD4 231 VL: 1000 Cocktail now or later?

First off, thanks for this forum and your help--a Godsend. Asking for my good friend. The VL is 1000 only and CD4 hovering between 220 to 233. The doctor recently commented that 233 is not much different from 199 and perhaps cocktail should be...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post and kind words.I agree with your friends doctor. A CD4 count around 200 is a very strong reason to start therapy for HIV. While no single lab test should be used as the sole basis for the decision to start therapy or not, a... Read more »

Good Cocktail?

Hi. I am currently on Atripla (1x p/day) and Zerit (20 MG x2 p/day). Additionally, I take Propranolol ER (60 mg) for anxiety/sinus tachycardia (strss test and EKG were both fine). I am wondering if I should consider changing the HIV cocktail...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your post.I am curious about your regimen- if this is your first treatment (or if you don't have any previous history of drug resistance), then Atripla alone should be more than adequate treatment for HIV. In this setting the... Read more »

cocktail losing effectiveness?

I have been receiving treatment since Jan. 1 of this year. I first had a CD4 absolute of 90 and a VL of 250,240, then my CD4 count went up to 264 and my viral load dropped to 110,000. Just this past week, my new tests showed my CD4 was right at 200...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your question.From what you tell me, it would seem that you are having a very good response (at least virologically) to the current therapy that you're on. A viral load reduction from 250,000 to 150 means that over 99.9% of the... Read more »
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Cocktail Daze

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
With the new guidlines coming into effect in Jan what will doctors tell their patients who are now taking the cocktail. "Oh I'm sorry you did not need to take it after all" or " I guess I don't really know what I'm doing please don't sue me." One... Read more »

Faith versus Cocktails

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I.ve been positive for 12 years, 4 years ago I started monitoring my bloodwork after my lover past away. My T-cell count was between 200-300 4 yrs later they finally dropped to 178 since July then to 132, then finally to 93 currently. Despite my... Read more »

giving up "The Cocktail"

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
After a year and a half of spending 1/2 of my life on the toilet I have given up the drugs. Three diffrent sets of drugs and each one makes me sicker than the one before. What happened to quality of life? At 46 I would rather have a bit of time able... Read more »

Raising Children with HIV

Posted by TwinsDad, 3 Replies
Hello ladies,

I am posting this for my wife. She is still in denial and I want to help her with some information about raising children with HIV in 2005. Thank you for your cooperation. Read more »