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Hiv Treatment Regimen For Teenagers

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HIV Treatment 101

Forget what you've heard about treatment for HIV. HIV treatment in 2009 is a world away from what it was even two years ago. Important new medications and older, proven medications can now be taken less frequently with reduced side effects. Nonetheless, choosing HIV medications and determining when to begin treatment are big decisions. Fortunately, newly infected people not on treatment typically can go 10 years without a single symptom. This...
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Treatment Regimens for New HIV Dx.

Which sort of therapy regimen would newly diagnosed patients benefit from? The trend seems to be placing patients on three nucleosides and sparing the PI class and NNRTI class altogether....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is no one good starting regimen. A recent large analysis looking at > 20 studies of newly treated patients found overall that success rates were similar for three drug regimens whether one used a protease inhibitor, a non-nuke, or 3 nukes.... Read more »

I need a new HIV treatment regimen

Hi Dr Henry, I'm at a point where I need to change my treatment regimen. I'm resistant to only viracept at this point but I've taken crixivan back in the day and had to stop due to side effects. I broke out in a head to toe rash from...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
You need to get a resistance profile including a Trofile (CCR5) assay. A regimen including some combination of a different boosted PI (such as darunavir), an alternative NNRI (such as etravirine), and integrase inhibitor (such as raltegravbir),... Read more »

Support for teenager with HIV

Our 17 year old son told us this spring that he was HIV positive. We were able to find him excellent medical care and he is doing a super job taking his medicines. We can see that he would benefit from connecting with peers with HIV. We are...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Thanks for writing. I'm sorry to hear about your son's status but relieved that he has been linked with excellent medical care, is adhering to his regimen, and has such supportive parents. You are fortunate to live in an area with great... Read more »

Teenager with HIV wondering about viral load and T cell counts

i am 17 yr old female and i was recently diagnosed with HIV but i know nothing about it. what should my normal or healthy t cell count be? and is there a normal or healthy viral load?...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
A normal CD 4 count would be greater than 540 and any detectable viral RNA would be abnormal; treatment is not usually initiated until CD4 counts are less than 350, or viral loads greater than 10,000-30,000; when treatment is initiated a good... Read more »
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First line hiv regimens

Posted by nwkmateo, 1 Reply
Can anybody tell me what medication combinations are commonly prescribed as a first line therapy that DO NOT include a truvada component.

My doctor dosent want me to take meds with truvada because she believes it is the culprit of my severe vomiting.... Read more »

Here we go again.. New regimen...

Posted by bscottmatt, 2 Replies
So I started Isentress and Epzicom after spending a few weeks completely free of HIV meds. I felt great those few weeks. I was actually enjoying my life again. Now I'm on day 4 of a new regimen and I'm starting to feel like crap again. I know, I... Read more »

First Regimen = Sustiva + Combivir + Kaletra?

Posted by placation, 4 Replies
Hey guys (and gals). I am sure this has been addressed in some other post through some other thread in the past, but it would take forever to try to find those messages. So, here's my question and my issues...

My doc subscribed Sustiva + Combivir +... Read more »

The correct med regimen

Posted by Jim327040, 2 Replies
I was diagnosed in December of 08. Viral load 10,000, CD4 93. I had no idea I had the virus and was not sick. A public health center started me on Atripla. After 2 months, my creatinine levels were moving up (not good). The doctor recommended... Read more »