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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

Introduction What Is Inflammation? What Is IRIS? How Is It Diagnosed? Who Is at Risk? What Are the Symptoms? How Do You Treat IRIS? What Can Help to Ask My Doctor? Special Concerns for People Living With HIV Special Concerns for Women, Children and People Over 50 What Does the Research Show? Commentary Introduction It's a mouthful of a phrase, but immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) is a serious...
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New Gene Therapy for HIV !!!!!!!!!! (GENE THERAPY, 2010)

Dr Robert my idol and shining light, please tell me what this really means ??? l have been hiv positive for 25 years and most of my friends have died to aids...l have resistance to nearly all hiv meds.... how long before gene therapy can give us...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Mark,Gene therapy is tricky (and somewhat risky) business. (See below.) It's also not yet ready for prime time! I'll post below a recent report about one type of gene therapy that's moving into clinical trials.Stay tuned to this... Read more »

Can cracker teeth be a side effect of HIV therapy.

I have been taking HIV therapy medicine for 1 year. In the past 3 months 2 of my teeth have cracked. I also have chipped lower teeth (could be from grinding at night - I wear a bite when I sleep). I've always had strong teeth. I wonder if...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
You dont mention which HIV medications you are taking. None of the commonly used HIV medication in the US have been commonly linked to rapid deterioration of tooth enamel/health after initiation of treatment. Oral gum health/vitamin D and calcium... Read more »

Anti-HIV Therapy

What is the recommended HIV therapy for people with viral load of 100,000 but with a CD4+ of nomal range 600-1,300)?...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Trick question!Many docs, maybe this one, would not treat someone with a really high CD4 - even if the viral load is 100K. The idea is that with close monitoring, therapy can be started when there is an evident decline in CD4 cell numbers or when... Read more »

diabetes and new HIV therapy

I just recently began taking Viramune and Epzicom after a two year break from any HIV meds. Since I started taking the Viramune twice daily I notice that my blood sugars tend to run higher and I require more insulin. Before Viramune and Epzicom, I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Both Epzicom and Viramune have generally not been linked to problems with either glucose tolerance or fat/lipid problems. Those meds are viewed as being on the low impact on metabolic parameters side of the scale when compared to many other... Read more »
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New HIV therapy shows promise

Posted by losing_it, 1 Reply
Saw this on cnn today.....

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers may finally be on track to fight the AIDS virus by blocking a long-elusive target, an HIV enzyme called integrase. An experimental drug that inhibits the enzyme helped to keep the infection in... Read more »

hiv gene therapy

Posted by hopefulone, 2 Replies
hiv gene therapy has been getting a lot of play in the national and international press as of late....i would be interetested in comments on this hope. Read more »

Kill HIV with Photopheresis, Ultra-Violet Blood Irradiation (UBI) Therapies?

Posted by Jon316, 2 Replies
I've read a little about Photopheresis and Ultra-Viole Blood Irradiation (UBI) therapies being performed by M.D.'s across the U.S., Europe, Russia and Germany. It seems that these procedures have been done for quite some time, but fell out of... Read more »

Anyone else taking Drug Holidays?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi everyone, new to this Bulliten Board, but was wondering if anyone else has taken a drug holiday, I know most doctors DO NOT agree with doing this, but was just wondering.


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