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Hiv Negative Antiviral Medications

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Raltegravir (Isentress)

What Is Raltegravir? Who Should Take It? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Raltegravir Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does it React With Other Drugs? The Bottom Line What Is Raltegravir? Raltegravir (Isentress) is a drug used for antiviral therapy against HIV. It was formerly known as MK-0518. It is manufactured by Merck. Raltegravir is the first "integrase inhibitor" drug. When HIV infects a cell, it combines its...
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Antiviral Herpes Medication

Just a quick question Dr. About 2 months ago I went to my primary doctor after a high-risk sexual encounter. It was suspected that I was in the "prodome" of a Herpes infection. Therefore, I was prescribed Valtrex 1 gram, for 10 days...
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
No it can't.MH... Read more »

Metamucil together with HIV antivirals

I am on a HIV regimen. Additionally, to help side effects, I take Metamucil on a daily regimen. But I have heard from friends that taking Metamucil too soon before or after my HIV antivirals interferes with the drug absorption. Is this true?" ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
General advice is to separate use of stool softeners from timing of HIV meds out of most theoretical concerns--I have had many patients taking Metamucil on a variety of HIV regimens and have not observed a negative effect on the effectiveness of the... Read more »

Can a HIV- partner decrease chances with antivirals?

I am an HIV- partner in a discordant couple (mixed HIV status) relationship. We just recently found out that he was positive. We always practice safe sex, but I was wondering if I can decrease my chances of contracting HIV by taking anti-viral...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The concept of the HIV-negative partner taking antiretrovirals prophylactically to reduce the risk of HIV acquisition in magnetic couples is called PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Clinical trials are underway to assess this harm-reduction... Read more »

Antiviral drugs mess up test result? Dr David

After 3 days of exposure, I develop a cold sore on my lip. I don't remember using condom or not due to toxicity! But I never kiss that girls. Why I'm having an outbreak?? I went to my family doctor, test negative for acute herpes test, but...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
No. This medication will not interfere with HIV testing.DW... Read more »
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Had unprotected sex with woman born with hiv? Test was negative at 6 weeks? Please help?!

Posted by Reez79, 1 Reply
I had unprotected sex with a girl 4 or 5 times on July 31st. She confessed 4 days later she was born with hiv. I went to the hospital after she told me and they gave me pep.

I stopped taking the pep on September 9th and went to get a hiv rapid... Read more »

HIV infected negative test

Posted by ruans, 7 Replies
I've only seen 2 cases here worthy of worry; red32 (had relation with HIV+ person, developed, candida, 15 days fever, this day has neuropathy same as his wife; and myself with a very similar simptomatology and serology (cd4/cd8).

I am... Read more »

HIV Negative AIDS.

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Am I the only one this does not make sense to? If HIV causes AIDS than how can the lack of it also cause AIDS?

I have read the explinations but they seem contrived. Has anyone else had doubts about this? I would love to hear your views.

Jessie Read more »

My husband is HIV+ and I am negative.

Posted by Hopefulheart, 2 Replies
Hello, as my subject line states my husband is positive and I am negative. It has been very hard at times. I love my husband very much but I am always afraid. We have protected sex but I am always afraid that the condom will break or come off. Going... Read more »