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Hiv Drugs And Liver Failure

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Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Liver Basics Symptoms of Liver Damage Tests for Liver Damage The Liver and HIV Liver Disease and Women Caring for Your Liver Taking Care of Yourself Liver Basics Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It is also the largest -- about the size of a football. It is protected from injury behind the lower right section of your ribs. The liver acts as your body's chemical processing...
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liver or kidney failure

Hi Doc,I am currently on Complera. I was talking to someone today that told me that the meds for HIV will eventually lead to kidney or liver failure 20 years down the road or so. This thought is just erking me and I cannot wait for the next...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Whoa there. Not true at all.Neither kidney or liver failure (or death from drug-related complications) is an inevitable consequence of properly selected and monitored HIV treatments.Talk to your doctor, talk to friends who may have been on... Read more »


I am concerned about my liver. I have been HIV+ for 4 years. I am currently taking Zerit,Epivir,and Viramune. My VL is undetectable and my tcell count is around 550. According to my doctor, my liver enzymes are highly elevated. He is going to run...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There are many causes of liver abnormalties. Common onces include viral hepatitis (A, B and C), fatty liver (steatosis), and drug toxicities (such as chronic use of high dose Tylenol). A full work up and sometimes a liver biopsy is often necessary... Read more »

I am 28 yrs POZ with Anemia and Liver failure

I have been POZ since November 1984, when HIV was called HTLV3. I have had a severe anxiety disorder since I was a teen and finding out that I was positive excelerated that anxiety. I have taken all the tranquilizers and antidepressants. I have...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Chronic serious health problems can cause anemia (including HIV, liver failure) though many other factors can contribute (such as nutritional deficienies, parvovirus infection). The liver disease can be due to long term use of HIV medications but... Read more »

liver failure & AIDS

My brother diagnosed with Hiv 1988 and AIDS t-cell at that time was 200. today tc-25; viral load 190,000; He has cirrhosis; DIC; and open ulcer in his leg; and a mass in his liver. doctors says he has no hope, they have send him to hospice care....
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
If the mass in his liver is cancer, then unfortunately his doctor is correct in saying there is nothing that can be done. People with cirrhosis are prone to developing liver cancer. The DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation, a severe... Read more »
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Know someone who died of PML/Liver Failure?

Posted by ScotCharles, 2 Replies
Hey guys,

Just recently, a number of people I know who have been HIV+ for more than 20 years have died of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy(PML) and liver failure. I wonder if anyone else had similiar experience?


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Early HIV Treatment Failure Linked to Didanosine/T

Posted by TwinsDad, 1 Reply
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Aug 23 - The combination of the antiretroviral agents didanosine, tenofovir, and efavirenz is associated with a high virological failure rate in treatment-naive patients with HIV, British investigators report.

Dr. Desmond... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
The Failure of Viral Load Tests
JAMA Study Shakes AIDS Science, Angers HIV Advocates

A nationwide team of orthodox AIDS researchers led by doctors Benigno Rodriguez and Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are disputing the... Read more »

A Story of Failure

Posted by Survivor, 4 Replies
W.A.D. snippet from MSNBC

We are approaching the twenty fifth year of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. The drugs brought a 70 per cent decline in the death rate in this country from their discovery in the early 1990s to the mid-1990s. But they are not a... Read more »